Posts Tagged ‘Decorative Arts’
We explore the history of iconic perfume bottles and examine some flaçons no dressing table should ever be without…
Written by Viola Levy
'Chanel No.5' designed by Jean Helleau. Illustration by Sandra Contreras
When Freud pondered the question of ‘what women want,’ someone should have told him that there are few things more desirable than a beautiful bottle of scent. Since the early 20th century, the perfume flaçon (small bottle) has taken on many weird and wonderful guises – some of which have gone on to become cultural artefacts and artist’s muses. By no means a comprehensive list, here is a small selection of some of the most jaw-dropping flaçons you’ll ever encounter – some of which even manage to upstage the scents they contain.
Chanel Nº 5
"I always launch my collection on the 5th day of the 5th month, so the number 5 seems to bring me luck – therefore, I will name it Nº 5," proclaimed Mademoiselle Chanel after putting her initial doubts to one side and deciding to branch out into fragrance. The name itself summed up the scent’s abstract nature, and was a two-fingered salute to the other flowery perfume names at the time. Launched in… read more