Season 4

June 24, 2019

Episode 24: Carte Blanche - The Power of Dressing in White

Pristine, pure, powerful, peaceful: the meanings of white are many and various. It should occasion no surprise, then, that dressi…

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June 14, 2019

Episode 23: Going Batty – A Costumed History of Bats

If you were to think of your costumed alter-ego as a creature, it’s unlikely you’d immediately conjure an image of a bat, and yet…

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June 7, 2019

Episode 22: Fandoms & Self-Fashioning: Into the World of Cosplay

This week, Dress: Fancy speaks with Professor Therèsa M. Winge from Michigan State University to explore the compelling, complica…

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May 31, 2019

Episode 21: Adolescent Avatars: the power and powerlessness of costum…

Children playing dress-up is age-old and innocent. Or is it? Lucy and Ben go behind the seams to consider if children really do e…

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May 24, 2019

Episode 20: Your Culture, Their Costume? Fancy Dress and Cultural App…

In 2011, Teen Vogue drew attention to harmful consequences of insensitively chosen fancy dress costumes that reduce beliefs, cult…

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May 17, 2019

Episode 19: The Campest Christmas Eva!

The pink carpet has been walked and Lucy and Ben reflect on the costume highs and lows of this year’s Met Gala held on 6 May 2019…

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May 10, 2019

Episode 18: Ethereal Excess – Carlos de Beistegui’s Venetian Ball

Described, in all seriousness, as the ‘Ball of the Century’, the Beistegui Ball of 1951 was a fancy dress event like no other: th…

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May 3, 2019

Episode 17: Camper Than Christmas? A Preview of the Met Gala Ball

Aside from Halloween, the only other date that gets Lucy and Ben excited is the first Monday in May, when the Metropolitan Museum…

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