Season 6

Dec. 12, 2019

Episode 37: Viva Victoria! The enduring appeal of Victoriana

In a suitably festive episode, Lucy & Ben consider a form of cultural expression that’s ever relevant: Victoriana. From the costumes of Queen Victoria, via the bravura public readings of Charles Dickins, to a contemporary interpretation of the ‘Victor

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Dec. 5, 2019

Episode 36: Pharaohnic Fashion: Egypt, Art Deco and Costume

Lucy talks with Egyptologists Dr Colleen Darnell and Professor John Darnell (@vintage_egyptologist) to reflect on the enduring cultural and sartorial appeal of the land and history of Tutankhamen. From rampant consumerism to studied attention to detail, t

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Nov. 28, 2019

Episode 35: Playful Pageantry: Costume revelry at the Royal Opera Hou…

Every year from the late-nineteenth century Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House opened its doors for a night of costumed revelry. Urbanites from all social levels dressed up and vied for some very special prizes, from grand pianos to bicycles. Lucy …

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Nov. 21, 2019

Episode 34: Gender Bender: Behind the Seams with Craig Green

Gender Bender: Behind the Seams with Craig Green. In this week’s episode, Lucy and Ben begin a new mini-series that looks in-depth at the work of fashion designers whose clothing engages with themes we regularly explore through costume; chiefly identity

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Nov. 14, 2019

Episode 33: Sirens’ Call: The Underwater World of Mermaids & Mermen

Dress: Fancy has yet to venture off-shore: until now. In this week’s aquatic-themed episode, Lucy introduces Ben to the complex and beautiful world of the merpeople, a diverse community who dress as mermaids and mermen to seek personal and communal …

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Nov. 7, 2019

Episode 32: Shimmer & Shine: The Pearly Kings & Queens

London has many august traditions, but few are as beautiful, striking and good-natured as that of the Pearly Kings and Queens. Exploring the origins of the Pearlies, the meaning of their highly detailed, sparkly garments, Dress:Fancy were invited to atten

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Oct. 31, 2019

Episode 31: Little Podcast of Horror

Little Podcast of Horror: Season Six commences on the year’s biggest day for fancy dress: Halloween! Always looking to raise the costume stakes, Lucy and Ben consider costume inspiration from some unlikely sources, including the Pre-Raphaelites, Audrey

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Oct. 3, 2019

Episode 30: Fancy That! Dressing Up Comes of Age

In this indulgent, nostalgic birthday episode, Lucy & Ben review a year’s worth of super-niche, sequinned dressing up stories. Talking about the podcast’s origins, they revisit their favourite episodes and re-live their most exciting excursions. The s

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