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 lavish and exclusive costume balls. Following Dress: Fancy’s patron saint, Cecil Beaton, who attended each of these events,

Episode page
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 British in particular – in the form of the Christmas sweater. On 14 December, Save the …

Episode page
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 and living history, to Steam Punk and Nordic Larpers, Lucy and Ben continue their rummage through the dressing up box by look

Episode page
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, usually for the worse. This week’s show considers the fictional stories that shape fancy dress in real-life. From Alice …

Episode page
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’ collection. However, few designers and fashion houses are as willing – or as brave? – to compare their …

Episode page
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 Poe, authors used costumed entertainments to drive narratives and to determine the fate of their lead characters. Always exhila

Episode page
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 creative with glue guns, sequins and, if you’re Heidi Klum, latex and fluorescent green make-up. From A-listers to Z-listers, …

Episode page
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 hosted by a Russian Tsar. It was also to be the last. In reviving the spectacle of the …

Episode page