If You Take a Size 200 Jacket, France's Guy Maîtrejean Can Sell You Something Right Off the Rack
updated 03/28/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/28/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
Working from a paper pattern designed by Bayard's manufacturing manager, Robert Pennec, it took 10 Bayard employees 80 hours of labor and 42 yards of wool and cashmere to construct the beige checked blazer. "What an operation!" says Pennec, picking up the thread of the story. "We had to clear out an entire office. To supervise the progress, I had to climb up a ladder. It's five times larger than a normal blazer. You can fit 40 king-size packs of cigarettes in the side pocket and seven loaves of French bread in the breast pocket."
Measuring 16 feet high and weighing about 40 pounds (including its wood hanger), the garment was pronounced "spectacular" by Guinness official Pierre Gorin when he approved it as a record last month. Maîtrejean now plans to sell the jacket at a suitable charity auction. David Byrne, répondez s'il vous plaît.