Air a la Mode: Sylvain Le Guen, Contemporary Fan Designer Augst 2 – November 13 at The Fan Museum photos by Christopher Fields at Kingsland Studios, London

Scented Fan by Sylvain Le Guen & Francis Kurkdjian

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The fan has suffered for the past one hundred years with the doldrums of dress history. The suffragettes in England dismissed it as a 'symbol of unfettered femininity', the fan was not in sync with the move towards female emancipation that gathered momentum during the early years of the 20th century.

Contributing to the revival of the fan in recent years are the fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and JC DC who have all produced fans in recent years and of course the resurgent arts of Burlesque and Cabaret.

The Fan Museum, which is devoted to the promotion, preservation and exhibition of fans, is staging an exhibition of the work of France's leading contemporary fanmaker, Sylvain Le Guen. Sylvain Le Guen's work is inspired by the Japanese art of 'Origami', and his French roots in the Haute Couture.

Among his collaborations he has worked with the renowned Perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian. Notice the large fan with a wooden monture, the leaf is made up of perfume testers . 

For further information and private view requests, please contact:  

Jacob Moss (Deputy Curator) 

The Fan Museum,  

12 Crooms Hill,  


London, SE10 8ER.  

Tel: 020 8305 1441, fax: 020 8293 1889. 

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Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.