Know-How

THROUGH ITS COLLECTIONS, DUVELLEROY DISPLAYS TWO TYPES OF KNOW-HOWS IN THE TRADITION OF FAN-MAKING. THE FASHION FANS ARE MADE IN SPAIN IN SMALL SERIES. THE LUXURY HANDFANS ARE MADE ONE BY ONE IN FRANCE ACCORDING TO THE TRADITION OF FRENCH FAN MAKING.

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FASHION FANS

The Duvelleroy fashion fans are manufactured in small series by in a family-run partner atelier based near Valencia, the Spanish birthplace of handfans. Each cotton leaf is stiffened, pleated and mounted by hand on wood frames.

LUXURY FANS – COUTURE SAVOIR-FAIRE

Through its Couture creations, Duvelleroy revives some signature crafts that were emblematic of the original house.

Cold Pleating

This technique – mastered and improved by the Jean-Pierre Duvelleroy during the XIXth century – allows to pleat decorated fabric (painted, embroidered…). It enabled the development of textile fans. The practice has remained unchanged ever since. The pleating is a fast and precise gesture. The pleats’ symmetry must be perfect. The 90 shapes of pleating moulds preserved by the House of Duvelleroy are a vivid and very useful resource! One wrong pleat and the leaf must be thrown away, no matter the time spent manufacturing and embroidering.

Embroidery and ennoblement

Thanks to the unique « cold pleating » technique, the original Duvelleroy house started presenting extremely refined fans embroidered with sequins in motifs known as the « Point de Hongrie » or in the « Napoleon III » style. When fans are entirely covered in sequins they are referred to as « armure fans » .

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LUXURY FANS – FEATHER CRAFTS

The original Duvelleroy was renowned for its unique feather craft ability. Three signatures emerge in the XIXth and are renewed since 2010 in partnership with the fan-maker, Frédérick Gay.

« Fluffy » feathers

Voluminous fans, mostly in Ostrich, such as « Pleureuses », in which the bulky effect is accentuated by « extensions » of each father barb, just like hair extensions.

Graphic/asymmetrical feathers

The original Duvelleroy develops audacious shapes with feathers. In these creations the natural shape of the feather provides the general shape of the hand-fan.

Feather marquetery

On a base of ostrich feathers, the craftsman handpicks each guineafowl, peacock or any other feather and positions them in order to create a fantasy feather.

The Trophy hand-fans

Re-creating a flying bird, these hand-fans were conceived as « curiosity objects » and as a tribute to each breed : Nicobar Pigeon, Ara, Seagull or Owl were captured Duvelleroy at the beginning of the XXth century. They are now museum and collector pieces.

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