CHANEL opened the doors to its No.5 Culture Chanel exhibition in Paris this weekend, and we were there to see it first. Open until June 5 at the Palais de Tokyo, the exhibition brings together art, photographs, archives and objects integral to the long-standing popularity of the brand’s famous No.5 scent.
Creations by Coco Chanel’s artist, poet and musician friends – Cocteau, Picasso, Apollinaire, Stravinsky and Picabia – all feature, whilst more modern works by the likes of Andy Warhol are also on show. And our favourite part? A plush seating area – scented with Chanel No.5 of course – where visitors can truly explore the fragrance via books, drawers scented with each of the fragrance’s most prominent ingredients and a learning annexe which can be booked for adult or children’s fragrance workshops. There’s even a screening room where every Chanel No.5 campaign ever made can be viewed – Baz Luhrmann’s epic version featuring Nicole Kidman, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2009 film with Audrey Tautou and Estella Warren’s take on Little Red Riding Hood among the most memorable.
An unique insight into Chanel’s life and work, the exhibition also touches upon the designer’s romantic attachments – including her relationship with Boy Capel (the man with whom she had an passionate affair until his tragic death in a car accident in 1919), which was said to have provided her with inspiration for the famous fragrance.
Learn more about the exhibition at www.5-culture.chanel.com
via Vogue UK.