"What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No 5, of course" More than 50 years since Marilyn Monroe made that saucy comment, No 5 is still one of the most sought-after perfumes in the world. It was that other great icon of the 20th Century, Coco Chanel, who gave us the fragrance when, in the 1920s, she set out to create a "perfume with a scent of a woman".
Celebrating this remarkable success, Chanel is mounting an exhibition, which opens today and runs until June 5, in Palais de Tokyo, Paris; No 5 was first released on this day in 1921. Art, photographs and artefacts showing the inspiration that fed Coco's imagination are on display. From famous adverts such as those with Monroe and Catherine Deneuve, to pieces linking Chanel to Stravinsky and Picasso, the exhibition provides an insight into the mind of a legend.
For more about the No 5 Culture Chanel Exhibition see www.palaisde tokyo.com and www.chanel.com