F is for Nº 5: Chanel Nº 5 Ad Retrospective and Video Before Brad Pitt's Debut

Brad Pitt debuts on October 15th as the first male face of Chanel N°5. Let's look at an advertising retrospective that includes Suzy Parker, Chatherine Deneuve, Ali McGraw, Carole Bouquet, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tautou, and a Canadian model and ex-Canadian National Champion synchro swimmer.
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Brad Pitt debuts on October 15th as the first male face of Chanel N°5. Let's look at an advertising retrospective that includes Suzy Parker, Chatherine Deneuve, Ali McGraw, Carole Bouquet, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tautou, and a Canadian model and ex-Canadian National Champion synchro swimmer.
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We're days away from Brad Pitt's Chanel N°5 debut. In the brand's 91-year heritage, Brad is the first male face of N°5; the campaign, shot by director Joe Wright (above right), launches on October 15th. (Wright is the director behind Pride & Prejudice, Hanna and Anna Karenina.) While we wait with bated breath -- we're doing that, right? -- let's enjoy a retrospective of Chanel ads (including two featuring Canadian model/ex synchro-swimmer Estella Warren) and "Inside Chanel," the first official video look at the N°5 history.

1921_Chanel tribute by cartoonist Sem

1921 Tribute to Chanel N°5 by the cartoonist Sem. ©Lithographie Sem

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1937 Chanel N°5 ad published in Harper's Bazaar. This is the first time Coco Chanel appeared in her own promotions for her fragrance. ©Ministere de la Culture - Mediatheque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN

1957_Suzy Parker_Richard Avedon

1957 Suzy Parker, photographed by Richard Avedon. ©Richard Avedon/ Courtesy The Richard Avedon Foundation

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1966 Ali MacGraw, photographed by Jerome Ducrot. ©Chanel 1966

1971_Jean Shrimpton_Helmut Newton

1971 Jean Shrimpton, photographed by Helmut Newton. ©Chanel 1971

1972_Catherine Deneuve_Richard Avedon

1972 Catherine Deneuve, photographed by Richard Avedon. US exclusive. Courtesy of The Richard Avedon Foundation. In 1973, the bath powder and spray cologne set was $13.

1975_Catherine Deneuve_Richard Avedon

1975 Catherine Deneuve, photographed by Richard Avedon. US exclusive. Courtesy of The Richard Avedon Foundation

1993_Carole Bouquet_Patrick Demarchelier

1993 Carole Bouquet, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier ©Chanel 1993

1996_Carole Bouquet_Patrick Demarchelier

1996 Carole Bouquet, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier ©Chanel 1996

1997_Carole Bouquet_Dominique Issermann

1997 Carole Bouquet, photographed by Dominique Issermann. ©Chanel 1997

1997_Andy Warhol silkscreens

1997 Chanel N°5 silkscreens by Andy Warhol. ©Andy Warhol Foundation

1999_Estella Warren_Jean-Paul Goude

1999 Estella Warren, photographed by Jean-Paul Goude. ©Chanel 1999 (I interviewed Estella about her beauty secrets back in the early days of Beautygeeks.)

2000_Estella Warren_Jean-Paul Goude

2000 Estella Warren, photographed by Jean-Paul Goude. ©Chanel 2000

2005_Nicole Kidman_Baz Luhrmann

2005 Nicole Kidman, photographed by Baz Luhrmann. ©Chanel 2005

2009_Audrey Tatou_Dominique Issermann

2009 Audrey Tautou, photographed by Dominique Issermann ©Chanel 2009

2009_Audrey Tatou_photographed by Dominique Issermann

2009 Audrey Tautou, photographed by Dominique Issermann ©Chanel 2009

A woman should wear perfume anywhere she would like to be kissed. -- Coco Chanel

If you're curious about Brad's Chanel N°5 paycheque, click here.

To see the iconic Chanel N°5 television advertising spots too, click here. For a comprehensive timeline of Chanel overall, click here.

What's your favourite of the ads so far?

Photo of Brad Pitt and Joe Wright by Sam Taylor-Wood for CHANEL