Episodes

April 17, 2020

Episode 38: When Lucy Became Mariella

An interview with Ben about his new book

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Dec. 12, 2019

Episode 37: Viva Victoria! The enduring appeal of Victoriana

In a suitably festive episode, Lucy & Ben consider a form of cultural expression that’s ever relevant: Victoriana. From the costu…

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Dec. 5, 2019

Episode 36: Pharaohnic Fashion: Egypt, Art Deco and Costume

Lucy talks with Egyptologists Dr Colleen Darnell and Professor John Darnell (@vintage_egyptologist) to reflect on the enduring cu…

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Nov. 28, 2019

Episode 35: Playful Pageantry: Costume revelry at the Royal Opera Hou…

Every year from the late-nineteenth century Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House opened its doors for a night of costumed revelry. U…

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Nov. 21, 2019

Episode 34: Gender Bender: Behind the Seams with Craig Green

Gender Bender: Behind the Seams with Craig Green. In this week’s episode, Lucy and Ben begin a new mini-series that looks in-dept…

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Nov. 14, 2019

Episode 33: Sirens’ Call: The Underwater World of Mermaids & Mermen

Dress: Fancy has yet to venture off-shore: until now. In this week’s aquatic-themed episode, Lucy introduces Ben to the complex a…

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Nov. 7, 2019

Episode 32: Shimmer & Shine: The Pearly Kings & Queens

London has many august traditions, but few are as beautiful, striking and good-natured as that of the Pearly Kings and Queens. Ex…

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Oct. 31, 2019

Episode 31: Little Podcast of Horror

Little Podcast of Horror: Season Six commences on the year’s biggest day for fancy dress: Halloween! Always looking to raise the …

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Oct. 3, 2019

Episode 30: Fancy That! Dressing Up Comes of Age

In this indulgent, nostalgic birthday episode, Lucy & Ben review a year’s worth of super-niche, sequinned dressing up stories. Ta…

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Aug. 9, 2019

Episode 29: Still Standing: The Costumes and Curation of Elton John

In an especially glittering episode, Lucy and Ben discuss the costumes (off stage and on) of the inimitable Rocket Man, Elton Joh…

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July 29, 2019

Episode 28: Into the Pleasure Garden - The RA Summer Show Lates Event

Getting into the summer spirit in central London, Lucy and Ben re-join the Royal Academy for another Lates costumed extravaganza.…

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July 22, 2019

Episode 27: Indulging Imaginations: Picnicking with the Jane Austen P…

In Pride and Prejuduce Jane Austen extolled the virtues of indulging the imagination ‘in every possible way’. With this in mind, …

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July 15, 2019

Episode 26: Stylish Sketches: Manga Lates at the British Museum

Lucy and Ben record live from the front row at the British Museum, listening in on Grayson Perry as he talks with Kensai Yamamoto…

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July 8, 2019

Episode 25: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

On Saturday 20 July, Dress: Fancy will be hosting a costumed parade at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Show Lates event. The the…

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June 24, 2019

Episode 24: Carte Blanche - The Power of Dressing in White

Pristine, pure, powerful, peaceful: the meanings of white are many and various. It should occasion no surprise, then, that dressi…

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June 14, 2019

Episode 23: Going Batty – A Costumed History of Bats

If you were to think of your costumed alter-ego as a creature, it’s unlikely you’d immediately conjure an image of a bat, and yet…

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June 7, 2019

Episode 22: Fandoms & Self-Fashioning: Into the World of Cosplay

This week, Dress: Fancy speaks with Professor Therèsa M. Winge from Michigan State University to explore the compelling, complica…

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May 31, 2019

Episode 21: Adolescent Avatars: the power and powerlessness of costum…

Children playing dress-up is age-old and innocent. Or is it? Lucy and Ben go behind the seams to consider if children really do e…

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May 24, 2019

Episode 20: Your Culture, Their Costume? Fancy Dress and Cultural App…

In 2011, Teen Vogue drew attention to harmful consequences of insensitively chosen fancy dress costumes that reduce beliefs, cult…

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May 17, 2019

Episode 19: The Campest Christmas Eva!

The pink carpet has been walked and Lucy and Ben reflect on the costume highs and lows of this year’s Met Gala held on 6 May 2019…

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May 10, 2019

Episode 18: Ethereal Excess – Carlos de Beistegui’s Venetian Ball

Described, in all seriousness, as the ‘Ball of the Century’, the Beistegui Ball of 1951 was a fancy dress event like no other: th…

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May 3, 2019

Episode 17: Camper Than Christmas? A Preview of the Met Gala Ball

Aside from Halloween, the only other date that gets Lucy and Ben excited is the first Monday in May, when the Metropolitan Museum…

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March 14, 2019

Episode 16: Aesthetes and the Avantgarde: Costume Balls at the Chels…

In this special ‘on location’ episode, Lucy and Ben visit the archives of the Chelsea Arts Club to explore the creativity, chaos …

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March 7, 2019

Episode 15: The Wonderful World of Weldon’s, Or How to Hire the Best …

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 fan…

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