Chanel No. 5… at Palais de Tokyo…

Coco Chanel's No. 5 Perfume...CHANEL No. 5

Coco Chanels

Iconic…

Perfume…

Une historie d’amour“…

A… love story…

A… “Reminiscence“…

As Proust… called it…

Of a… time lost…

A bereavement… which was never…

Forgotten…

A… memory…

Forever… cherished…

Of a love interrupted… by loss…

ArthurBoy CapelGabriel Chanels first great love’s influence on her… was enormous.

He developed her taste for literature… esoterism… a fascination for astrology.  They were both superstitious… and hypnotised by numbers…

No. 5… ‘5’… my lucky number.  It will be the No. 5 of Chanel”… 

                                                                      Coco Chanel

Capel… flamboyant… seductive… irresistible… was hugely attracted to Chanel

Their affair in 1908 ended on the eve of the 1920’s.  A married man… it was upon leaving Gabrielle in Paris… while travelling to the French Riviera to join his wife on the 22nd of December… that he died in a car accident…

Devastated… Chanel visited the very spot where her lover’s accident took place…

She mourned… the love of her life…

In… silence…

A young Coco Chanel and the love of her life Arthur Capel...

However…

Her… grief…

Her sentimental… “dialogue“… transcending death itself… lead to her instinctive intuitive creation of her first perfume… Chanel No. 5… a “symbol”… of her pain… her emptiness… the loss of her love…

In her grief… the perfume “of eternity”… was Chanels honoured gift… to herself…

Visiting the… “No. 5 Culture Chanel” exhibition… at the Palais de Tokyo

I could palpate this great woman’s… iconic presence…

In order to be irreplaceable… one must always be different“…

                                                                        Coco Chanel

Her close friendships with the most talented… brilliant… innovative… masters of the era… CocteauPicassoApollinaireStravinskyDali and Diaghilev… enriched her immensely and strengthened her belief in modernity…

Her creative genius… hailed and sustained by the creation of her Chanel No. 5 perfume… placed it up there with the avant garde creations of the current movements of CubismDadaism and Surrealism

With its clean-cut lines and double “ƆC” signature… Chanels perfume bottle… is a work of art…

An… artistic creation…

An… innovative one…

It was the first perfume bottle… to be named after its creator…

Coco Chanels

No. 5

A… voyage…

A… destiny…

That… surpassed…

“Time… and space”…

The creation of… a visionary…

She has, through a sort of miracle, worked in the world of fashion, following rules that only seemed valid for painters, musicians and poets… She imposed the invisible… She imposed the nobility of silence on social commotion.“…  Jean Cocteau

No. 5... Culture Chanel... at the Palais de Tokyo...Conquering… bereavement…

The… legendary…

CocoChanel

Created…

An… eternal…

Legend…

I… am…

An… infinite…

Admirer…

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