I stumbled upon the brilliant inspiration for this article this morning as an image of a rather well endowed model, clutching onto a rather large Chanel No. 5 bottle against her incredibly large bosom with a mop of hair and a backdrop wall, both the color of Van Gogh’s beloved yellow, popping through my Instagram feed.
I had been toying with the idea of talking about iconography in art and perfumery for some time, and sitting coyly in mine and almost every woman’s vanity case or cabinet is the one item that transcends generations and decades as the undoubted icon, representative of both the graphic arts and perfumery worlds alike. You guessed it, it’s the most coveted item that till date upholds its status of a true icon of ultimate femininity, luxury, revered for being a fragrance that has inspired generations of perfumers and a bottle design that has inspired generations of artists, photographers, collectors, fashion fanatics, pop-stars, and women and men through decades of fashion, social, political and pop-culture movements.
From the time of the first ‘new woman’, the 20s flapper flounce, and decades later the 50-60s Hollywood glamour to the neo-nomad and futurists of 2000s, from Coco (chanel) to Andy (Warhol) to Gisele (bundchen) Chanel No.5 was and is timeless–
So what is it about Chanel Nº 5 that makes it a long standing object du désir and a timeless inspiration for the world?
Left, picture from Musée International de la Parfumerie , Right picture of Marilyn Monroe from 1955
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