Since its introduction to the world by Gabrielle Chanel in 1921, this fragrance has become synonymous with opulence and luxury—a must-have for women of every age. Its intensely rich, floral scent of rose, jasmine and ylang-ylang has become as recognisable as its vessel: the minimalist square bottle with a distinctive flat stopper, reminiscent of a hip flask, that allowed the amber colour of the fragrance to take centre stage. Through the decades, the understated, elegant design of N°5 has remained largely unchanged but its scent has been reinvented five times, the most recent being the fresher N°5 L'eau in 2016.
With such a tight embrace of this beloved scent by women around the globe, it is only natural that it has transcended beyond the world of beauty. From the glamorous big screen to the world of television, art and jewellery, come with us as we revisit some of our favourite Chanel N°5 moments in popular culture.
1. Marilyn Monroe's love affair with Chanel N°5
One of the most alluring figures in Hollywood history, Marilyn Monroe once admitted in an interview that she wore nothing but five drops of Chanel N°5 to bed, becoming one of her most iconic quotes. Until recently, the audio from that infamous interview has remained under wraps but it has been unearthed and makes for an exciting revelation for fans of the singer and actress.