Episodes

June 12, 2020

Episode 46: Keep Your Distance

Fashion & Fantasy After the Pandemic

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June 5, 2020

Episode 45: A Truly Splendid Spectacle

Queen Victoria’s Bal Costumé of 1842

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May 29, 2020

Episode 44: Bienvenue, Willkommen, Welcome!

Dress: Fancy Goes to the Cabaret

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May 22, 2020

Episode 43: Hide and Seek

The Power & Provocation of Masks

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May 15, 2020

Episode 42: Thoroughly Modern Molly

Lucy and Ben discuss the bold and beautiful, strong and soft, powerful and playful creations of Molly Goddard

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May 1, 2020

Episode 40: New Kids on the Block

Exploring New York’s Club Kids

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April 24, 2020

Episode 39: Scandalous! Beaton & The Bright Young Things

Lucy and Ben explore the life and times of Cecil Beaton

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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 costumes of Queen Victoria, via the bravura public readings of Charles Dickins, to a contemporary interpretation of the ‘Victor

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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 cultural and sartorial appeal of the land and history of Tutankhamen. From rampant consumerism to studied attention to detail, t

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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. Urbanites from all social levels dressed up and vied for some very special prizes, from grand pianos to bicycles. Lucy …

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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-depth at the work of fashion designers whose clothing engages with themes we regularly explore through costume; chiefly identity

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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 and beautiful world of the merpeople, a diverse community who dress as mermaids and mermen to seek personal and communal …

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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. Exploring the origins of the Pearlies, the meaning of their highly detailed, sparkly garments, Dress:Fancy were invited to atten

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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 costume stakes, Lucy and Ben consider costume inspiration from some unlikely sources, including the Pre-Raphaelites, Audrey

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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. Talking about the podcast’s origins, they revisit their favourite episodes and re-live their most exciting excursions. The s

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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 John. Reviewing the Star’s sartorial choices decade-by-decade, and comparing them to Julian Day’s interpretations in the rece

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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. Talking with revellers, hosting the Georgian Moonlit Promenade and, most importantly, bestowing rosettes on the very best of

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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, Lucy and Ben joined members of the Jane Austen Pineapple Appreciation Society (JAPAS) for a costumed picnic at the …

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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, and dissecting the fashion and cosplay catwalks inspired by the Museum’s current, must-see Manga exhibition. Interviews …

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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 theme, excitingly, is ‘Georgian Pleasure Garden’... To prepare for the festivities, Lucy and Ben provide an essential guide

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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 dressing in white (and its opposite, black) have long been a popular theme in costumed entertainments. Tracing the history of this …

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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 as this super niche episode demonstrates, bats have long been – and continue to be – …

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