The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers has launched a specially designed fan to mirror the Lord Mayor’s theme of Reflection and Hope. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the eighteen months of the pandemic and to look ahead with a spirit of optimism.
This striking new fan was designed by Bruce Oldfield OBE, one of Britain’s leading fashion designers.
This is the first fan that Mr Oldfield has designed. It features a variety of tulip that he grows in his garden. The tulip resonates with the design brief because it is a flower of spring, it represents the end of a long winter, as well as charity. Happily, the tulip is also in the colours of the City of London.
Bruce Oldfield said –
I was delighted to be invited to design the fan for Barnardo’s and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
The fans are made of silk, woven in Suffolk. They are encased in a silk lined presentation box priced at £125.
A Limited Edition of 25 fans are presented in a green Suffolk silk lined box including an evening silk carrying case. These are priced at £250.
This is a unique opportunity to buy a limited-edition piece of British couture by one of Britain’s leading fashion designers. Profits from the sale of the Fan will be shared between the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and Barnardo’s.
Fan Making is an endangered craft, the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers is working with Chelsea College of Arts and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation to encourage fashion and art students to consider a career in making fans. The Company is committed to encouraging leading British designers to consider including fans in their collections.
Details of how to order can be found on the Fan Makers’ website.