Season 2

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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