Here, our collectors friends will find out about the story of Duvelleroy. To discover our wonderful contemporay hand-fan collections make your choice: couture hand-fans, ready-to-wear fans

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Origins

Founded in Paris in 1827 by Jean-Pierre DUVELLEROY, 

the House of DUVELLEROY was born out of a man’s ultimate dream: to bring fans back into women’s hands.

 A sumptuous ball given by the duchess de Berry would make his dreams come true: one dance and fans were back. This was the kick off for the House of DUVELLEROY.

 Soon enough, DUVELLEROY’s delicately crafted fans became 
a symbol of the French fan making style. The house was granted numerous medals at the Universal Exhibits.

 

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The Couture hand-fans

Fans entirely covered with sequins are called “armored” fans.

DUVELLEROY fans have always been conceived as fashion accessories.

 The ultimate expression of DUVELLEROY’s Couture spirit is embodied by sequined fans. Each sequin, the thinness and shape of wich are designed solely for fans, is hand embroidered once the leaf of the fan is mounted, so as to avoid any risk of overlap with a pleat. 

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A Parisian House

During the XIXth century, DUVELLEROY opened a boutique in Paris at the prestigious address of 15, rue de la Paix as well as an affiliate in London on Bond Street. 

 The ‘Rive Droite’ anchorage of DUVELLEROY was to be consolidated throughout the House’s different addresses in Paris, up until the 1980s.

 

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The Art Nouveau style

Under the conduct of the second generation of the Duvelleroy family, the House met with a modern artistic current, which it was about to epitomize in its fans : Art Nouveau. Among the artists who worked for DUVELLEROY during this period, Gendrot, Leloir and Louise Abbéma were the most emblematic of this new era.

The fan was metamorphosed into sinuous curbs, venomous flowers and fabulous creatures such as peacocks, snakes and dragons.

 

House emblems

During this Art Nouveau period, characterized by great inventiveness for DUVELLEROY, two House emblems were born:

The “Balloon” Fan, named after the aerial shape of its leaf.

The daisy as a signature, stamped on each rivet.

 Two icons which are to be found in DUVELLEROY’s contemporary fan collections.

 

 

 

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Bird-like hand-fans

DUVELLEROY specialized itself in “trophy” fans, intricate artworks of feathers assembled from a single bird, sometimes even integrating a bird’s head on the guard.

 A sublimated still-life...made to flutter in the hands of the beautiful. Bird fans are still in the heart of duvelleroy's collections.

Supplier to the Queens

Official supplier to the Queens, starting with Queen Victoria, DUVELLEROY created the fans given to the Spouses of Statesmen for their official visits in France, for example the Empress of Austria, the Queen of Sweden, the Queen of Denmark and the Queen of Bulgaria.

 The House also created Eugénie de Montijo’s fan for her wedding with Napoleon III, and the white ostrich feather fan worn  by the Queen of Egypt at her wedding in 1938.

 

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Advertising hand-fans

In parallel with its Couture collections, DUVELLEROY  also developed as early as the 19th Century an offer of promotional fans, collaborating with artists such as Paul Iribe (see illustration), to accompany some of the great names in luxury to advertise differently their brand and products.

 Numerous fragrance & champagne houses, palaces and couture houses have turned towards DUVELLEROY for original advertising fans.

 

A rare heritage

If the House of DUVELLEROY survived After War although the habit of wearing fans declined in the West, it is thanks to the passion of its inheritor, who conserved pleating moulds, vintage fans, sketches for sticks, guards and leafs with the conviction to “make something out of it one day”.

 Waiting to see the sleeping beauty wake anew, he contributed to the realization of several exhibits, among which one at the Paris Galliera Fashion Museum in 1985, and participated to numerous publications on DUVELLEROY.

 

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Since 2010, a wind of change

One is passionate of brand heritage, the other has worn fans since childhood.

When Eloïse and Raphaëlle met, together they forged a dream : to resuscitate couture fans, by redeveloping one of the most important Parisian fan house. They became partners with the inheritor of the DUVELLEROY house, to give a second life to the brand by launching contemporary creations.

In parallel with its collections, DUVELLEROY has perpetuated the tradition of collaborating with some famous couture houses. "The bride's fan" on the opposite photo was produced for GUERLAIN as a tribute to that worn by Empress Eugénie more than 150 years ago.