part of my interest in the History of Dress I collect period fans. These also
became items I was asked to make for various projects. For Lady Windermere's
Fan for the BBC, which was only going to get a little use but was obviously
important to be on period I used an actual fan base but remade the fan leaf to
incorporate the famous name of Lady Windermere. Also Clarissa there
were just so many 1740's fans needed and they are so valuable I used chinese paper
fans and replaced the leaves with actual photocopies of real fans. They looked
the West End Musical Phantom of the Opera three seperate styles
of fans were used, the period of the peice, 1870's; the Spanish 16th century in
the style of 1870's Grand Opera, The 18th century style in a very distinctive
style of Maria Bjornson, the costume designer. These had to be extremely hard
wearing as they are use hundred of times. So I made the ribs too, in a special
plastic called A.B.S.
can repair fans and make the special boxes that contain them.
area are the feather fans historically used at Court with Court Dress but later
feather fans became fashionable in the thirties and were adopted by Ladies that
we call 'strip tease artists'. I collect the former and have made the later, no
not for strippers, Follies in the West End and Dr DoLittle.