“What do you wear to bed?” A Reporter asks.
In a whisper, Marilyn Monroe answers, “Chanel N° five.”
And thus began the legacy of one of the most alluring perfumes of all time.
What better way to celebrate the most famous style icon of the 20th Century on her birthday than with a splash of perfume, some of our favorite looks, and of course, the history of the “Little Black Dress?!”
Born August 19, 1883, in France, Coco Chanel spent a lifetime defining fashion. Throughout the 20th Century, she symbolized ambition and determination, introducing styles that were simple, elegant, relaxed, and functional. The clothes she made expressed the aspirations of the modern woman - they were feminine and timeless. Coco herself was revered as a fashion icon, her sophisticated yet simple style was always enhanced by great accessories (especially strands of pearls!)
“Fashion changes, but style endures.”
– Coco Chanel
Chanel changed the face of fashion with her timeless designs. Her signature looks endure to this day, the little black dress and trademark suit (above) among the best of them.
The “Little Black Dress”…
Chanel’s first Little Black Dress graced the pages of Vogue in 1926. They called the dress “Chanel’s Ford,” because like the car, the LBD was accessible for women from all walks of life.
Left: 1925 Right: 1920
Clockwise from left: Evening dress 1926, Evening coat 1927, Little Black Dress 1927, Red Winter Ensemble 1990.
The Classic “Suit”
“A girl should be two things: Classy and fabulous.”
In 1925, Chanel introduced her legendary suit, complete with collarless jacket and fitted skirt. Her designs were truly revolutionary for the time—emphasizing comfort and even borrowing elements of menswear.
In addition to the longevity of her designs, Chanel’s legacy lives on in fashion, film, and literature. Today, Karl Lagerfeld carries on the torch, creating beautiful collections season after season in the spirit of Mademoiselle Coco Chanel.
Every woman alive loves Chanel N° 5!
Happy Birthday, Coco Chanel!