IFF Senior Perfumer Loc Dong Creates Limited Edition Fragrance “Black Rider” for Watermill Center Summer Benefit Auction
When Robert Wilson hosts his annual Watermill Summer Benefit on July 30th, he will receive a very special early 70th birthday gift. Loc Dong, Senior Perfumer at International Flavors & Fragrances has formulated a one-of-a-kind fragrance inspired by Wilson. Seventy bottles, designed by artist and past Watermill resident Davide Balliano, will debut at Voluptuous Panic: The 18th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit. Guests will have a chance to bid on one of the bottles during the live auction led by Simon de Pury.
Loc first became involved with Mr. Wilson last year, when he was a summer resident at the Watermill Center. Being there allowed him to speak the same language that artists speak. The perfume is meant to capture something of Mr. Wilson’s being: something very simple, very elegant, and at the same time complete and powerful.
Loc has chosen to keep the fragrance ingredients a mystery. “Perfumery is like a fantasy,” Loc explained. “Once you know about it, the fantasy becomes reality, and it becomes boring.” The fragrance contains only seven ingredients, one for each decade in Robert Wilson’s life. The life force of the fragrance is a vibrant woody marine aura that triggers an immediate emotion.