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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1950-1955 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957 (designer)
    Eventails Gane (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-painted paper and with wooden sticks

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Margaret Marshall

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The personal use of fans declined dramatically after the First World War (1914-18). However, in the early 20th century fans became an advertising medium for fashion designers. This fan was produced for Christian Dior in the early 1950s. The materials and the design on the leaf – a reproduction of Dior’s signature - could not be more simple. The asymmetrical shape of the leaf provides the contemporary touch.

Physical description

Asymmetrical fan of white paper with 'Christian Dior' hand-painted across the surface. Plain light wooden sticks.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1950-1955 (made)


Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957 (designer)
Eventails Gane (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-painted paper and with wooden sticks

Marks and inscriptions

'Christian Dior'
Hand-painted across the paper of fan


Height: 12.5 cm, Diameter: 25 cm, Weight: 0.1 kg

Descriptive line

Hand-painted paper fan with wooden sticks, made by Eventails Gane for Christian Dior, France, 1950-1955

Labels and date

[In the 'Boutiques' case]

Perfume and cosmetics

Perfume and cosmetics sales were an increasingly lucrative business for the couture houses after the war. Dior created his first perfume and lipstick in 1947, soon after the launch of his fashion house. Luxurious packaging was an essential part of beauty products. Dior even created small stage sets called 'glorifiers' in which to present his perfumes.

Christian Dior (1905-57)

1. Dior Rouge lipstick

2. Miss Dior perfume and glorifier
Glass bottle by Baccarat

3. Bouquet Diorissimo perfume and glorifier
Glass bottle by Baccarat

By courtesy of Christian Dior Parfums, Paris

4. Advertising fan
About 1950-5
Given by Margaret Marshall
V&A: T.31-1983 []


Paper; Wood; Paint; Glue


Accessories; Advertising; Clothing; Fashion; Fans

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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