The Red Waistcoat

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Valerie Cunningham explores the circumstances surrounding Theophile Gautier's infamous red waistcoat. Gautier went to the premiere of `Hernani' in 1830 and wore a red waistcoat. This was not the traditionally appropriate apparel for theatre going - but `Hernani' was no ordinary play. That first night was remembered throughout the Romantic era - as was the red waistcoat.