Les Miserables Revolution pins

If you've seen or watched Les Miserables, you have seen the French tri-color cockade, (aka Revolution pin). Red, white and blue rosettes were inaugurated in the French Revolution and have been linked with the history of France ever since.

The traditional colors of Paris were red and blue - red for Saint Denis and blue for Saint Martin. These colors were paired with the white representing the French nation (or France's royalty, as some claim) to make the tri-color combination during the Revolution.

This cockade was considered so vital in identifying your party affiliation that in 1792, a law was made requiring Frenchmen to wear the tri-color cockade. Further, the female club Societé des Républicaines-Révolutionnaires threatened to whip any woman who didn't wear the cockade, even though the cockades weren't mandated for women. Cockades were a pretty serious business!

For our Les Miserables Production this spring, we would like the cast and crew to have one to wear on stage and to keep as a memento after it is all just a memory  (it's that kind of epic show). If you are crafty, handy and interested, we invite you to make these for the cast and crew, and if we have extra which we hope we do, sell them as fund raisers of perhaps $5 each.

Below you'll find a YouTube video how to make them. If you are crafty and adventurous, there are other methods on the internet. Just search for Cockade or Revolution Pin. And last but not least, these pins are battle-worn, so if you want to "dirty" them up a little or create some small scorch marks, feel free.

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12033 NE 80th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033.   (425) 936-1700

Ms. Morgan Heetbrink, Drama Adviser/Drama Educator, mheetbrink@lwsd.org          Mr. Mark Staiff, Tech Director/Theater Manager, mstaiff@lwsd.org

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