By Lucy Clayton
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Dress: Fancy explores the popularity, prevalence and power of fancy dress. Hosted by Lucy Clayton and Dr Benjamin Wild, the series looks at the social significance and psychology of people in costume. Episodes consider why fancy dress has been a constant theme throughout history; sometimes as an act of celebration or escapism, on other occasions as a form of protest or disruption.
||CleanEpisode 16: Aesthetes and the Avantgarde: Costume Balls at the Chelsea Arts Club||In this special ‘on location’ episode, Lucy and Ben visit the archives of the Chelsea Arts Club to explore the creativity, chaos and controversy that was Chelsea Arts Club annual fancy dress ball. Illustrated invitations, letters of outrage and cont||13 3 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: The Wonderful World of Weldon’s, Or How to Hire the Best Costume||The adage, ‘They don’t make them like they used to’, is especially apt for the object at the centre of this week’s episode: a fancy dress catalogue from London costume supplier Weldon’s. Join Lucy and Ben as they leaf through the illustrated..||6 3 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Hassle, Heartache, and Hagrid: Reflections on World Book Day||Love it or loath it, World Book Day has become an important date in family calendars as toddlers, teenagers and just about any other young person under an adult’s influence, is dressed up and decorated to resemble a character from literary fiction. Th||27 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode - Lights, Camera, Gucci!||Gucci’s SS19 campaign is an unashamedly glitzy and joyous celebration of 1950s Americana, as relayed through Hollywood and Kodachrome photography. It also looks, and feels, a lot like fancy dress costume. In this mini episode, Lucy and Ben reflect on||20 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode - Live at the Royal Academy: The Costume Parade to the Secret Ballroom||In the second of two special episodes recorded live at the Royal Academy’s Klimt-Schiele Cabaret Night in January, follow Lucy and Ben as they talk with costumed revellers, lead the Academy’s first costume parade, and award some incredibly coveted r||7 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode: Live at the Royal Academy||Join hosts Lucy Clayton & Dr Benjamin Wild live at the Royal Academy, as part of the RALates series for a discussion about Klimt, Schiele & the Viennese Secession - in this special, mini episode we explore the crossover between fashion, costume and the||31 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Balls & Baubles – Jewellery at the Beistegui, Capote and Rothschild Costume Balls||In this Season’s finale, Lucy and Ben talk with Levi Higgs about the jewellery worn at three of the twentieth-century’s most lavish and exclusive costume balls. Following Dress: Fancy’s patron saint, Cecil Beaton, who attended each of these events||19 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode: Sweating It Out – Reflections on the Christmas Sweater||Fancy dress may be inherently unfashionable but it has found a home in the seasonal wardrobe of many people the world over – the British in particular – in the form of the Christmas sweater. On 14 December, Save the Children encourage mass festive s||12 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Once more into the Breaches – Fancy Dress and Re-Enactment||This week’s episode raises a potentially divisive question: is re-enactment a form of fancy dress? From historical associations and living history, to Steam Punk and Nordic Larpers, Lucy and Ben continue their rummage through the dressing up box by lo||5 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Dressing the Part – the influence of literature on fancy dress||Dressing the Part – the influence of literature on fancy dress. Episode 8 looked at how fancy dress shapes fictional stories, usually for the worse. This week’s show considers the fictional stories that shape fancy dress in real-life. From Alice los||28 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Fashion Turns Ugly? – When Costume Meets Catwalk||It is not contentious to connect costume and the catwalk: Alexander McQueen did in 1997 with his ‘It’s A Jungle Out There’ collection. However, few designers and fashion houses are as willing – or as brave? – to compare their collections with||21 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: The Book was Better: The Realities of Fancy Dress in Fiction||Between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, novelists seemed fascinated by fancy dress. From Defoe to de Maurier, Blyton to Poe, authors used costumed entertainments to drive narratives and to determine the fate of their lead characters. Always exhi||14 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalloween Bonus Episode||Halloween Headlines – The fancy dress day of the year, Halloween provides an opportunity for people the world over to get creative with glue guns, sequins and, if you’re Heidi Klum, latex and fluorescent green make-up. From A-listers to Z-listers, D||7 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Winter is Coming – Romanovs, Unrest and the Costume Ball of 1903||On 11 and 13 February 1903, the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, was the venue for one of the most opulent costumed entertainments hosted by a Russian Tsar. It was also to be the last. In reviving the spectacle of the Romanov’s gilded past, Nicholas...||1 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Terror, Trauma, Tantrums: Reflections on Halloween Past and Present||For Heidi Klum, and many more people besides, Halloween is ‘the’ fancy dress event of the year. Since the 1950s, the opportunity to wear bold and brash, creative and creepy costumes on 31 October has inspired fun, provoked fear and caused the...||17 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: The Hero Inside Yourself – Fantasy Costumes and Film||Like fancy dress, movies are adept at conveying the zeitgeist. And just like fancy dress, the Silver Screen can reassure us, motivate us, and inspire us. It is no wonder, then, that movie-themed dress up has become a staple of costumed parties the world||10 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Warriors and Wigs – Fancy Dress in Wartime||Today Lucy and Benjamin analyse how people’s social, political and gendered roles are disrupted by war. Fancy dress costume, which offers escapism and self-reflection by enabling its wearer to become somebody or something else, can mediate these tensi||3 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Nazis, Pirates, Tarts – Fancy Dress in Bad Taste||Join Lucy Clayton and Dr Benjamin Wild for another eye-opening episode, as they explore a British phenomenon in popular culture, stating that fancy dress costume is inherently unfashionable and frequently in questionable taste. Photographs of authority||26 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Barbaric Splendour – The Devonshire House Ball, 1897||In the second episode of a new series that explores the prevalence, potency and politics of fancy dress costume, Lucy Clayton and Dr Benjamin Wild discuss the Devonshire House Ball. Held on 2 July 1897 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria,||19 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Who’s Laughing Now? - Fancy Dress in Protest||In the first of a new series that looks at the social significance and psychology of dressing up, Lucy Clayton and cultural historian Dr Benjamin Wild discuss the global prevalence of fancy dress protests. From slogan covered T-shirts to city-wide march||12 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Dress Fancy Superb!!!
Simply fascinating and very informative, I really enjoyed every word. Lovely to listen to while making work.