Handheld History: A Virtual Exhibition of Fashion Fans from Across the Globe
c. 1915
Object Details:
Advertising Brisé Hand Fan, c. 1915
Made in Paris, France
Crepe Paper, Wood, Paper, and Metal
This Brisé fan was used for advertising at Au Bon Marche, a French department store. This example features nine printed images of women participating in outdoor sporting activities. Each shaped cutout has a central oval featuring a printed image of ice skating, horse jumping, bird hunting, horseback riding, croquet, golf, tennis, fishing, and swimming. The cutouts have a decorative gold border of flowers, leaves and vines. "Au Bon Marche, A. Boucicaut, Paris" is printed in red under each image.
Purchased in 2019 for the Lasell Fashion Collection from the Fan Association of North Americas (FANA) Assemblage.

La Vie Parisienne Cover Illustration September 25, 1915
La Vie Parisienne Cover Illustration September 25, 1915
Cultural Connections:
La Vie Parisienne was a French weekly magazine founded in Paris in 1863. This publication included a variety of topics such as the arts, sports, literature and fashion humor. La Vie Parisienne focused on wit and satire which drew a devoted readership even when the magazine shifted to a risqué publication. For over one hundred years, this magazine captured the aesthetics and shifting values of the 19th and 20th centuries through fine writing, cartoons and illustrations.
Notable artists such as George Barbier were often featured throughout La Vie Parisienne's pages. In fact, Barbier was one of the most important fashion illustrators of the20th century whose bold and unique style documented the haute couture with fantastical precision. This September 25th 1915 issue is a wonderful complement to the Au Bon Marche hand fan from the Lasell Fashion Collections with its focus on women's fashions and sports.
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