Season 1

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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