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Why did Oscar Wilde encourage artist and friend Graham Robertson and others to wear a Green Carnation at the premier of his new play, Lady Windermere's Fan, in 1892?
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Goodyear’s Florist provided flowers to the Royal Court as well as the general public (and Oscar Wilde). It was one of the original companies to set up store in The Royal Arcade, which opened in 1879 and still maintains its original Victorian glass-covered shopping experience today. The green carnations were worn at the opening of Wilde’s play, Lady Windemere’s Fan, which premiered in February 1982 at the St James’s Theatre, London. The British Library has a copy of the programme. Read The Guardian newspaper’s review of the premiere.