Inside CHANEL – Marilyn Monroe and CHANEL No 5

Painting #209 Acrylic on gessoed hardboard – Alvin Richard, 2012

When Marilyn Monroe was asked by a reporter in 1954, what she wore to bed, the screen siren’s response has by now become part of history: “a few drops of CHANEL N° 5”. Recently, the House of CHANEL was able to procure an interview tape with the words spoken by the star herself, finally putting to rest any rumours that she may never have actually uttered the words – it’s all there, in her own words.

I have admired Marilyn Monroe for as long as I can remember; to me, she represents the many sides of feminine beauty and unfettered sensuality, all threaded through by hints of touching vulnerability and a sense of aloneness. As a result of that famous line, I will also now forever associate Ms. Monroe with CHANEL N° 5 – the perfect melding of 2 legends.

The following short clip is just so elegantly done; truly a work of art … enjoy!


CHANEL N° 5, oil on canvas – Andy Warhol


Marilyn Monroe and the only thing she wears to bed: CHANEL N° 5 – 1954

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