Coco Chanel was a woman of perfect grace: everything she designed was flawless and so was her perfume. To this day, when women want to smell elegantly and just right, they dab two drops of Chanel N°5 on their wrist. Ernest Beaux created the legendary scent in the roaring 1920s.
Paris' Palais de Tokyo museum plans to exhibit the famous scent, alongside work of Picasso, a close friend of Coco's. It makes sense (or scents?) that the famous perfume will find its showcase in France, Coco's home base. The grand designer of sporty chic, she took women out of corsets and put them in tennis dresses and casual clothes. She boasted: "a girl should be two things. Classy and fabulous." Coco pioneered the little black dress, the Chanel suit, the Chanel bag, and the health of a good suntan. With all of these accomplishments though, the petite, dark-haired designer is remembered for her distinctive floral fragrance.
The curator of the N°5 Culture Chanel exhibit, Jean-Louis Froment has this to say: "N°5 is a perfume to comes to us from a great distance. It crosses countries, gardens, poems, and artistic movements where, at each passage, it replenishes its modernist sources. It’s a perfume born of a love story and whose underlying notes, very subtly, could evoke the very moment at which time grabs a hold of it and takes it from us, so close and never fugitive, revealing our most secret desires.”
The Palais de Tokyo exhibit N°5 Culture Chanel opens May 5 (Coco always released new lines on the fifth day of the fifth month of the year) and ends on June 5.