Most of us have a story about Chanel No 5.
Picture the scene: my father returns from a long trip with a present for me (I’m 15). I open it to find a bottle of No 5. I feel so grown up – it’s my first proper perfume – and I use it sparingly for a long time so I can capture that feeling for as long as possible.
Born on May 5, 1921, this most iconic of fragrances is enjoyed equally by actresses, mothers, business women and models.
In honour of its 92nd birthday, an exhibition of art, photographs, archives, and music gives us a glimpse into the world of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, her loves, Boy Capel and Dimitri Pavlovich, and her inspirations, from her favourite places to creations of her artist, poet and musician friends, including Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso and Igor Stravinsky.
If I could time-travel, I’d head in a heartbeat to early ’20s Paris to breathe the same air as the Greats – Picasso, the Fitzgeralds (are you picking up a theme here?), Stravinsky and, of course, Chanel. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Pictures at an exhibition
As we leave, we find a memento of this beautiful day, a book created to celebrate the occasion by Dutch graphic artist Irma Boom.
Want to see more of the exhibition, its exquisite landscape garden and about Gabrielle Chanel and her life, times and loves? Click here.
What’s your Chanel No 5 story? We’d love you to share it.
Images: courtesy of Chanel