Chanel No5 is celebrating a very big birthday and we’d love to hear your stories of the iconic fragrance …
This year an icon turns 100. When it was created in 1921 by Gabrielle Chanel and Ernest Beaux, perfumer to the tsars, Chanel No5 was revolutionary, from its name to its minimalist bottle design – not to mention the scent itself, with its sparkling aldehydes and rich floral notes: “A woman’s fragrance that smells like a woman”, as Gabrielle Chanel described it. It’s renowned as the first perfume imagined by a woman for women. It’s something that exists beyond the beauty hall: No5 has been celebrated by everyone from Andy Warhol, who immortalised it in a screen print, to Marilyn Monroe; it’s even part of the permanent collection at MoMA. And yet it has remained modern – a symbol of timeless glamour.
Chanel commissioned their artisan partners to create these special items to celebrate the anniversary: a keychain by costume jeweller and accessory maker Desrues; a glass paperweight by Baccarat, with faceted edges that echo the No5 bottle stopper – the shape of which was famously inspired by the Place Vendôme in Paris; a number 5 fabric patch made by Maison Lesage, the oldest embroidery atelier in Paris and the producer of Chanel’s signature tweed; and a camellia brooch created by the feather and floral designer Maison Lemarié, using No5 packaging and inspired by Mademoiselle Chanel’s favourite flower.
No5 by Sem 1927
Do you wear No5? For many people, it’s not only something beautiful to wear but also reminds them of someone loved, passed on through generations. We’d love to hear your stories of Chanel No5: your own memories of wearing it, what you find special about it, or who you associate with this scent and why. Please send us your thoughts, stories and memories either via Instagram DM @theglossmag or email to [email protected]
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