A red, white and blue wool theatre costume by renowned costumier Aristide Boyer, dating from the 1910s or 1920s. Noted flaws - waistcoat - staining and marks to the cotton backing and lining, surface damage at the centre front right, mismatched buttons, missing the decorative buttons from below the pockets. Jacket - various areas of surface damage throughout, uneven colour across the back and down the sleeves, staining and marking to the cotton lining, seam split at the back of the left armpit, mismatched buttons, various areas of seam splits, discolouration throughout, missing some of the decorative buttons, small repairs throughout - please see photos.
Made by the house of opera and theatre costumier Aristide Boyer, likely for an extra. Operas by the likes of Bizet, Massenet and Saint-Saens became hugely popular social events in France and the costume houses kept huge inventories.
Military-style waistcoat and tail coat made from wool and fully lined in cotton, both stamped with the Boyer house stamp, the waistcoat features a buckle back fastening, false pockets and a high neck, the cutaway tailcoat features a high neck, hook and eye fastenings and fold-back tails.
Boyer bought the Roize costume house in 1912 (founded by Joseph Roize in Marseille in 1802) from the great-grandson of Joseph Roize. I’ve not researched further into it, but it’s possible Boyer re-stamped existing costumes with his name when he took over the business; the 83 stamp does not necessarily correspond to a date however. Excellent quality, around 100 years old, great for demonstration or display or even wearing. Both together weigh over 2kg.
Measurements taken lying flat -
Pit to pit - 20” (40” doubled)
Shoulders - 15”
Length - 27”
Pit to pit - 38”
Shoulders - 16.5”
Arms - 25”
Length - 36”
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