Donna Karan and filmmaker Paul Austin have created a documentary to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Cashmere Mist fragrance.

“Cashmere Mist began with the body. Specifically, as the scent to a bath and body collection,” says the designer. “Everyone, myself included, fell passionately in love with the body lotion. Wearing it felt like wrapping yourself in cashmere. Women asked where they could get just the scent, and two years later, we introduced the fragrance. It was sensuous, luxurious, and sophisticated. A passion was born.”

A sheer scent inspired by the feeling of cashmere on bare skin, this fragrance combines Moroccan jasmine, lily of the valley and bergamot with warm undertones of sandalwood, amber and musk. Cashmere Mist is light enough to wear all over the body, all year long. A fragrance to seduce the senses – mind, body, and spirit.

At times it felt like we were detectives,” says Austin. “We spent months trawling through archives, tracking down various key characters and interviewing more than 20 people who had been involved in the project from its inception.” The result is a concise but detailed look at the evolution of Cashmere Mist, from when Karan told perfumer Nick Calderone she wanted something that smelled like cashmere, to her husband’s varied iterations of the scent’s sculptural bottle. Karan says she made the film because, “Generations of women who love it don’t have any idea how it came to be.”