Great Big Squee!
I know, I know that you haven't agreed to it yet, but I am having so much fun reading about the Hernani première that I just have to share some of it.
And I think that I have found the model that inspired Hugo for Prouvaire!!! Get a hold:
«a sculptor known as Jehan du Seigneur (a medievalized form of Jean Duseigneur), who dressed in black and parted his hair on both sides to form a pointed crest above his forehead symbolizing “the flame of genius” ».
Hugo’s supporters already strolled around Paris with long curls, huge spanish cloaks and daggers before the play opened (They even signed a petition asking the Government to institute bull-fights in Paris!
), but the première was even better than any of our premières of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter or Starwars, with freaky fans dressed up as the characters.
A lot of the pro-Hernani young people were dressed up like characters from a Velázquez painting!!! Others wore Robespierre waistcoats or 16th century bonnets, and «one frightening specimen wore a broad-rimmed hat, pale green trousers with black velvet stripes, vast lapels and –after several sessions with a baffled tailor- a doublet, padded like a breastplate, in purplish-red satin. An important nuance. Bright red would have had a political connotation, whereas the doublet stood for pure, militant aestheticism. This was Théophile Gautier».
Oh, come on! We have to do this!