My first job was in 1962, I was fifteen years old and it was a part-time job three days a week after school. I did office work for a small family-owned business and worked there until I graduated high school in 1965. The people I worked for came to my graduation party and brought for me a gift of Chanel No. 5 cologne and bath powder. After all these years, I have never experimented with any other scent. It's always been Chanel No. 5.
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel introduced to the world a classic and timeless perfume, and named it Chanel No. 5...
Chanel No. 5
The signature fragrance
In 1920 Coco Chanel commissioned her master perfumer, Ernest Beaux, to develop a fragrance that would be introduced with her new collection of dresses. He presented her with several vials of fragrances from which to choose, the vials were numbered 1 thru 5 and 21 thru 24. Mademoiselle Chanel chose the fifth vial. Almost a century later the name Chanel No. 5 evokes thoughts of ladies of high fashion and exquisite taste. The Chanel No. 5 bottle was redesigned in 1924, and hasn't changed since then.
Chanel No. 5
The other Chanel perfume
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Coco Chanel the Movie
Back in the late 1960's I was fortunate enough to attend a performance of the Broadway play 'Coco' with Katherine Hepburn as the main character. I've seen plenty of plays but I was truly captivated by this one for two reasons...the play was about the life of Coco Chanel and it starred Katherine Hepburn.
A fine substitute for the Broadway play is this movie starring Shirley MacLaine as the older Chanel and Barbora Bobulova as the younger Chanel.
The Little Black Dress
A Chanel original
In 1926 Mademoiselle Chanel designed a simple black dress which could be worn for daytime or evening, she coined it 'the little black dress'. Prior to her design and promotional efforts, women wore black only for mourning. Chanel said, with this dress every woman can look like a millionaire. Even today, every woman has or wants (and will soon get) a 'little black dress'.
Coco Chanel - Hard to love and harder to ignore.
Her Career in Hollywood
In 1931Chanel was introduced to the head of MGM pictures, Samuel Goldwyn. He offered to pay her one million dollars and bring her to Hollywood twice a year to design clothes for MGM pictures. She designed the wardrobe for a few movies but then severed the relationship stating that Hollywood is the capital of bad taste and it is vulgar.
Coco Chanel 1920