IPBA The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume by Tilar Mazzeo

Review by Lenore Worth Hiers

Fascinating story of the behind-the-scenes events leading to the creation of this perfume. An “unauthorized” biography telling tales of Mlle. Coco Chanel’s (1883-1971) life and loves (not reported in other biographies).

Interesting facts are included regarding the creation of the classic bottle (and dispelling myths about same), plus the classic black and white award-winning packaging. Of special interest to bottle collectors is the outline of when and what changes were made to the bottle through the years. Also interesting is the story of the various fragrance numbers (other than 5), when and why they appeared and disappeared and reappeared. And also the mystery of the “Mademoiselle Chanel” red labels. Even the various reports on the creation of the interconnecting C’s in the famous logo are included.

A great read for the perfume bottle collectors, but a must-have for a Chanel aficionado.

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