Episodes

Feb. 28, 2019

Episode 14: Hassle, Heartache, and Hagrid: Reflections on World Book …

Love it or loath it, World Book Day has become an important date in family calendars as toddlers, teenagers and just about any ot…

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Feb. 21, 2019

Bonus Episode - Lights, Camera, Gucci!

Gucci’s SS19 campaign is an unashamedly glitzy and joyous celebration of 1950s Americana, as relayed through Hollywood and Kodach…

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Feb. 8, 2019

Bonus Episode - Live at the Royal Academy: The Costume Parade to the …

In the second of two special episodes recorded live at the Royal Academy’s Klimt-Schiele Cabaret Night in January, follow Lucy an…

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Feb. 1, 2019

Bonus 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,…

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Dec. 20, 2018

Episode 12: Balls & Baubles – Jewellery at the Beistegui, Capote and …

In this Season’s finale, Lucy and Ben talk with Levi Higgs about the jewellery worn at three of the twentieth-century’s most lavi…

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Dec. 13, 2018

Bonus 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 …

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Dec. 6, 2018

Episode 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 a…

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Nov. 29, 2018

Episode 10: Dressing the Part – the influence of literature on fancy …

Dressing the Part – the influence of literature on fancy dress. Episode 8 looked at how fancy dress shapes fictional stories, usu…

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Nov. 22, 2018

Episode 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’ collec…

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Nov. 15, 2018

Episode 8: The Book was Better: The Realities of Fancy Dress in Ficti…

Between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, novelists seemed fascinated by fancy dress. From Defoe to de Maurier, Blyton to P…

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Nov. 8, 2018

Halloween Bonus Episode

Halloween Headlines – The fancy dress day of the year, Halloween provides an opportunity for people the world over to get creativ…

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Nov. 1, 2018

Episode 7: Winter is Coming – Romanovs, Unrest and the Costume Ball o…

On 11 and 13 February 1903, the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, was the venue for one of the most opulent costumed entertainments h…

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Oct. 18, 2018

Episode 6: Terror, Trauma, Tantrums: Reflections on Halloween Past an…

For Heidi Klum, and many more people besides, Halloween is ‘the’ fancy dress event of the year. Since the 1950s, the opportunity …

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Oct. 11, 2018

Episode 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, moti…

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Oct. 4, 2018

Episode 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, whic…

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Sept. 27, 2018

Episode 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, …

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Sept. 20, 2018

Episode 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…

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Sept. 12, 2018

Episode 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 histo…

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