Calling all followers! I recently bought this fan and I fully confess that I am rubbish when it comes to placing a date on some objects, fans being one of the majors ones.
There was some discussion on my facebook but I thought since I have such a large range of readers perhaps someone here could assist me?
Here was the details that came with the object and please note my observations are in italics:
'This very, very pretty fan is thought to date from circa 1890 and is possibly French in origin.
(Lyze adds that this bit made me smile since it’s keeping with the thought that if it’s beautiful obviously it must be French :P)
It has a gauze ground decorated with many tiny sequins in gold, ruby and green, all hand sewn. (The spangles are metal and come in various shapes and sizes).
The design is very Regency in style with intertwined leaves, floral swags and 2 sparkling butterflies or dragonflies.
(I want to mention that the name of the fan is now Libellule).
The gauze is attached to blonde horn,or tortoiseshell or celluloid ( sorry I don’t know which) sticks which are inlaid with metal stars and rounds.
(I am 99.9% sure that it is not celluloid. It doesn’t feel like celluloid, it has a different weight from the other fans I own that are made of that material. It feels hm I’m not sure if I am describing this correctly but it feels slightly heavy and it’s cool to the touch. I have the urge to put my Edwardian kid gloves I use for dancing on and see what it feels like in a gloved hand.)
It has a brass carrying loop.’
I think this needs to be said. I have been getting a lot of message from high school students lately asking for advice about costuming and the very first thing you guys do is apologize for bothering me.
Let me make this clear: You guys are not bothering me.
I’m actually ridiculously proud of you for taking the time to research and ask questions. To go into the costuming field you need to do research! Picking out a university is important so compare them. Look at what you would study and compare it to another course, ask questions. Look at what you study in first year compared to what you would study in first year at another school (very important!). Look at the alumni, what did they go on to do. Who are the visiting lectures by? What museums are in the area of the school? Research is GOOD and questions are GOOD.
Your high school guidance counselor is there to support you but most of the times they fail epically (and I went to a very well known International School who brags about their soon to be Harvard students and he would have nothing to do with me because I wanted to go into an arts based career.)
My mom ended up becoming my counselor (and my psychiatrist and my tough love buddy and that person who just agrees me when I need someone to agree! Mom’s rock like that). I took the make your own path and I’m still learning the hard way because I didn’t have someone to tell me take a look at this.
If I can help make the path to university even remotely easier for you guys consider my ask box always open. It’s always open anyway because I encourage questions and debate (I’m not an expert but I try!) but especially to high schoolers.
And I will write you back because I believe in encouraging the younger generation. You guys are my future and I wish you all the best.
That being said I’m really enjoying all the messages lately (I had 12 yesterday!!!)
The back on this gown is very interesting, I’ve never seen anything like it before. Would any of you kind beautiful people know the name of the design on the upper back and/or how it’s made and the origin?
I wish I could zoom in on it to see how exactly it’s made… the bottom of the back looks like a plain English back but the top is different… help?
I’m pretty sure that is an en fourreau?
En fourreau pleats are also evil.