Chanel N°5 is without doubt the most famous perfume in the world, immortalized by Marilyn Monroe and still a fascination for millions of fans worldwide. Created in 1921 by Coco Chanel, this perfume was one of the first to use synthetics. The story of Chanel N°5 is one of innovation, style and timeless allure.
The creation: A revolutionary perfume
Coco Chanel wanted to create a perfume that would compliment the modern woman of the time. She wanted "a perfume, but an artificial perfume ... not rose or lily of the valley ... a composite perfume." The result was a fragrance presented in a distinctive, minimalist glass bottle that would itself become an icon and later inspire a series of works by Andy Warhol.
Two volumes: a detailed overview
The story of Chanel N°5 is presented in the book in two parts. The first part covers the early years of Chanel N°5, from 1921 to 1945. The second volume covers the period when Chanel N°5 went truly global, from the postwar years to today. Together, these volumes explore the evolution of the perfume, including its packaging, composition, production and marketing, with unprecedented access to the Chanel archives.
The campaigns: A collaboration with creative geniuses
Chanel N°5's advertising campaigns feature prominently in the Chanel book, with contributions from the world's leading creatives. Photographers such as Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton, film directors such as Ridley Scott and Baz Luhrmann, and stylish muses such as Coco Chanel herself, Suzy Parker, Jean Shrimpton, Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman, Gisele Bündchen and Lily-Rose Depp have lent their talents to the perfume.
About the authors
Charlotte and Peter Fiell are authorities on design history, theory and criticism. They have written more than sixty books on the subject, including bestsellers such as "1000 Chairs," "Diseño del siglo XX," "El diseño industrial de la A a la Z," "Scandinavian Design" and "Diseño del siglo XXI."
An ode to elegance
"Chanel N°5" is not just any perfume; it is a symbol of elegance and an important piece of cultural history. This Chanel book offers an in-depth look at the creation, evolution and lasting impact of a fragrance that has taken the world by storm. It is a must-have for lovers of fashion, art and design, and a wonderful tribute to a perfume that has stood the test of time.
Title: Chanel N°5
Author: Pauline Dreyfus
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Size: 372 x 432 x 104 mm
Size: 426 pages
Weight: 14 kg