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 to wear bold and brash, creative and creepy costumes on 31 October has inspired fun, provoked fear and …

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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, motivate us, and inspire us. It is no wonder, then, that movie-themed dress up has become a staple of …

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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, which offers escapism and self-reflection by enabling its wearer to become somebody or something else, can mediate these tension

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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, stating that fancy dress costume is inherently unfashionable and frequently in questionable taste. Photographs of authority fi

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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 Dr Benjamin Wild discuss the Devonshire House Ball. Held on 2 July 1897 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee …

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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 historian Dr Benjamin Wild discuss the global prevalence of fancy dress protests. From slogan covered T-shirts to city-wide …

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