Label concept and design for a new perfume by Marissa Zappas in collaboration with M. Elizabeth Scott. Flaming Creature is a narcotic, hazy evocation of – and ode to – American filmmaker Jack Smith (1932 - 1989)’s best-known work, the entrancingly disjointed Flaming Creatures. Feral first breaths of night-blooming jasmine and pink peppercorn give way to a subtle base of smoldering wormwood, patchouli and musk.
Top: pink peppercorn, juniper, orange ring pop
Mid: night-blooming jasmine, wormwood
Base: sandalwood, cedarwood, smoke, patchouli, rum
There is a (unsophisticated, certainly) validity there – also theatrical drama (the best kind) – also interesting symbolism, delirious hokey, glamour – unattainable (because once possessed) and juvenile at its most passionate.
What is it we want from film?
A vital experience
an emotional release
all these & what we want from life
Contact with something
we are not, know not,
think not, feel not, understand not,
therefore: An expansion.
Quotes from The Perfect Filmic Appositeness of Maria Montez.
Photography by Elizabeth Renstrom.