House of Duvelleroy
Our collector friends and curious minds will discover the story of DUVELLEROY and its wonderful contemporary hand-fan collections.
Make your choice: Couture hand-fans, ready-to-wear fans.
DUVELLEROY FANS ORIGINS
Founded in Paris in 1827 by Jean-Pierre Duvelleroy, the Duvelleroy fan house began with a dream: to bring fans back into women’s hands. The Duchess de Berry organised a sumptuous ball which made this happen: one dance and fans were back. This was the start for the House of Duvelleroy. Soon enough, Duvelleroy’s delicately crafted fans became a symbol of the French fan making style. The house was awarded numerous medals at Universal Exhibits.
A PARISIAN HOUSE
During the 19th 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.
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.
A RARE HERITAGE
If the Duvelleroy House survived the post-war decline of the habit of wearing fans in the West, it is thanks to the passion of its inheritor, who conserved pleating moulds, vintage fans, sketches for sticks, guards and leaves with the conviction to “make something out of it one day”.
During the Art Nouveau period two House emblems were born: the “Balloon” Fan, named after the aerial shape of its leaf and the daisy as a signature, stamped on each rivet. Two icons which are to be found in Duvelleroy’s contemporary fan collections.
In parallel with its Couture collections, Duvelleroy also developed an offer of promotional fans during the 19th Century, collaborating with artists such as Paul Iribe.
SINCE 2010, A WIND OF CHANGE
One is passionate about brand heritage, the other has worn fans since childhood. When Eloïse and Raphaëlle met, they forged a dream: to resuscitate couture fans, by redeveloping one of the most important Parisian fan houses.
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