Coco Chanel (1883-1971) Thierry Mugler (1948-)

TLW's Perfumescope™ (Perfume Historyscope)

By T.L. Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper™

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Original Pub. Date: Oct. 28, 2015. Last Update: Oct. 15, 2016.

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Westerners are not only known as history ignoramuses, but double dumbass history ignoramuses when it comes to perfume history. Since I'm the one-and-only Historyscoper (tm), let me quickly bring you up to speed before you dive into my Master Historyscope.

Coco Chanel (1883-1971) Chanel No. 5 Ernest Beaux (1881-1961)

On May 5 (5-5), 1921 French fashion designer Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (1883-1971) starts selling Chanel #5, discovered by accident by an asst. of perfume chemist Ernest Beaux (1881-1961), who claims it reminds him of a fragrance he smelled inside the Arctic Circle, "where the rivers and lakes release a note of incredible freshness"; in 1923 Coco develops a tan on a yachting trip, starting a fad.

Thierry Mugler (1948-)

In 1973 Strasbourg, France-born gay fashion designer Thierry Mugler (1948-) creates his first personal collection, "Cafe de Paris; in 1978 he opens his first Paris boutique in the Place des Victoires, becoming known for solid dominating colors and strong almost cruel style; in 1992 he introduces Angel perfume, with a fragrance combining praline, chocolate, and patchouli, and a bottle in the shape of a faceted star, becoming a favorite of Diana Ross, Barbara Walters, and Hillary Clinton; in 1996 he introduces Angel Men, with a fragrance combining caramel, coffee, vanilla, patchouli, and honey, which becomes a favorite of anal, er, gay men.

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