Fan designed by Georges Barbier for Jeanne Paquin
Printed and hand-coloured paper, with painted silk, bone, metal and silk thread.
Georges Barbier was a leading fashion illustrator in Paris in the early 20th century. He collaborated with the most avant garde fashion designers of the day, such as Paul Poiret and Madame Paquin. The elaborate oriental costumes of the Ballets Russes, who performed in Paris, strongly influenced fashion in the 1910s. Madame Paquin worked with Barbier to develop a series of fans on an Eastern theme. The woman depicted on this fan wears a headdress identical to one designed by Madame Paquin. The style and content of the fan’s design looks forward to the 1920s and Art Deco.
Victoria and Albert Museum Collection, London