The Regency Wardrobe at Firle Place (East Sussex) – Sunday 29th August to Tuesday 26th October 2021.

This promises to be an extraordinary exhibition of Regency costume and accessories (including fans) created entirely from paper (and thread) by the artist Stephanie Smart. The press release here gives details of opening hours and various related events taking place during the exhibition. We show here images of one of the fans that will be on show and a gentleman’s costume.

Rethinking the Fan – The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers

Photograph: Josephine Bourdariat

The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers is a Livery Company based in the city of London, incorporated by a Royal Charter in 1709.

While rooted in history, today the Company is keen to create a wider awareness of the fan. To open new markets and discover new fan practitioners, they are supporting emerging designers and makers to develop new forms of fan making.

As part of this work, the Company has started a new partnership with UAL’s Material and Spatial Practices Programme, in particular the BA Product and Furniture Design course at Chelsea College of Arts.

Read all about this project here