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Slick. Smart. Unmissable.

I only have time for a couple of podcasts a week, so have to be quite selective, and Dress Fancy is always at the top of my list - part of a ritual now. I’m not a fashion person particularly, and come to this purely for the exquisite storytelling and always funny and engaging conversation. Never a wasted hour. Charismatic barely describes the pure joy of Lucy, who seems to be able to take on any subject with intelligence and humor, and bring out the best in her guest. A total pro. Always slick, always topical, and 100% worth making an appointment with.

Fashion frolics with Lucy Clayton

Why aren’t there more programs on the topic of Fashion ? After all we ALL wear clothes, men and women are interested in the topic, surely it could be a Pandora s box of entertainment for a very large audience!? Thank goodness then for Dress Fancy - such an interesting twist on fashion. I love the historical aspect and it’s all delivered by Lucy with charm and much humour.

This is just what I needed!

The best fashion podcast out there. For years I've been looking for a podcast that caters for my passion for fashion, and Dress Fancy fits the bill perfectly. Funny and informative, it's a a cracking listen - am always refreshing for new updates l! Particularly love Lucy. She's so fun and enthusiastic. Keep up the great work!

Duchess of Argyll and indeed all your podcasts!

Hello! Just writing to say how much I enjoyed your recent podcast on the real wardrobe of The Duchess of Argyll vs the film wardrobe in A Very British Scandal. I am always searching for a critique of the costume choices in tv dramas and films, especially if I am not 100% happy with them! Tom and Lorenzo can be very good but they don’t always tackle the things I have watched and I often want a more historical analysis! There was a definite gap in the market until you came along- and I do spend a lot of time adding visuals to your podcast via your Instagram and any images I can find on the Internet. I am always trying to find in-depth critiques of the choices and meanings in costumes. So much characterisation and subtle messaging is in tv and film costumes- and even in our day to day choices- having the background research on these really makes the story much more interesting. I love Dress Fancy - it’s a unique shining light in a world I sometimes fear is losing interest in aesthetics on a daily basis, and your special guests are always so passionate and informed. Keep up the good work!

5 purple stars!

As an avid listener of the podcast, I was absolutely delighted to be invited to the show as a guest last year to talk about my book on Prince and fashion! Lucy made the recording experience extremely fun and was a very attentive, engaging and friendly host who really made me feel at ease during the whole process. It was a truly wonderful experience - a pleasure to be part of it!

Wonderful escapism and factual entertainment

I love this podcast, it never fails to engage and inspire me.

The Wonder of Whigham

What a treat being a guest on the Dress Fancy podcast. It's like an intellectually stimulating gossip down the pub, a salon where you can turn up in your pyjamas, or a history lesson with all the boring bits thrown out. Lucy knows her stuff and while she fluently guides guests through points of discussion, is also happy to temporarily veer off-course if the conversation meanders. I hope those listening enjoyed our dissection of Marg of Arg's style as much as we enjoyed talking about it. Hope I get asked back one day!

Dress fancy

What a surprise and delight the dress fancy podcast is! Who knew that the humble dressing up box could yield so many interesting topics. I look forward to hearing many more episodes

Brilliant experience

I've been on Woman's Hour, RTE, Times Radio etc, but I have to say this chat with Lucy Clayton and Luci Gosling was the best experience I've had. After a few minutes, I forgot I was being recorded. It felt like a friendly conversation between friends and all of my nerves vanished. Lucy is one of the best hosts I've worked with.

A perfect dip into the worlds of fashion

I just adore the relaxed, luxury feel of these half hour servings of fashion based bliss! There is for me, great contentment listening to these richly structured, intelligent discussions. Such surprise and delight to be exploring fashion, history and fabulously brilliant people in this way. Lucy sparkles, her discussion style is pitch perfect and I have never once heard her say ‘Ummm. I must include here, praise for a seemingly rare and exceptional gift. As an interviewer, she has mastered the craft of truly listening to what is being said. This make for wonderful, engaging discussion and exchange.

Sparkle, wit and joy!

Hi Lucy and Ben. I just wanted to thank you for your amazing podcast. I've been binge listening and you've both kept me company on my morning beach walks before work. You have brought sparkle, wit and joy to what has become a mundane but necessary task whilst I'm still working from home. You have also reminded me of the joy and pleasure of fancy dress and fashion in general which had been sucked from my life by the slog of daily life and the pandemic. Thank you both for the company and keep up the excellent work xxx

Noble Ambitions and a great conversation

There are times when you come across something wonderful and you think, why have I not heard of this before? Such was it with Lucy and her Dress-Fancy interview with Adrian Tinniswood. I loved every minute of it. She is an amazing interviewer who clearly wants to get the best out of whoever she is talking to, and she succeeds. The banter, laughter and good humour were a joy. But her genuine interest in the subject came across so clearly. This is what makes her conversations a cut above the rest. I am now a devoted and enthusiastic fan. And, I’m off to buy a copy or two of the wonderful Noble Ambitions.

Noble Ambitions

Being interviewed by Lucy Clayton was an absolute joy. Not only does she know her subject, but she took the time to know mine as well - something of a rarity in this day and age. That made our conversation so easy and, I hope, entertaining and informative. It was a delight to work with such a consummate professional. I’ll be a regular listener from now on. And any time you want to talk about country houses, Lucy, all you have to do is whistle!

Fascinating around all things dress up!

This is such an interesting podcast- the conversations between ben and Lucy are fascinating and really illuminating around all things clothing related. Well worth a listen!


I was blown away by the depth of knowledge of this pair’s hilarious take on fashion.

♥️ this!

You must must listen! I’m SO thrilled to have found this. It came to me after seeking out all things Mitfordesque looking to fill my Pursuit of Love hole after watching the BBC drama. The first episode I listened to was about Cecil Beaton & the Bright Young Things. I’m now trawling through them all, so great & enthralling. Bravo to you both!

Hilarious podcast…and sometimes educational!

As an avid fan of cultural and fashion history, I couldn’t believe my luck when I came across Dress: Fancy. I binged the first series and now get a thrill when I receive a notification for a new episode. The informal conversation between Lucy & Ben is such a pleasure to listen to - I learn more each episode than I ever learned in school. Pour a large gin, put on your feather boa and escape for an hour.

Fantasy land

This was the first podcast I listened to and so ruined my future podcast experiences. After Dress:Fancy I expected all podcasts to be full of fascinating information and lively discourse. Apparently they are not. Good job there is a big back catalogue for me to catch up on as most other shows simply fail to reach this bar. Moth Tales kept me laughing as we limped through lockdown. So glad to have found this fabulous resource of fancy dress history and social decoding. Lucy and Ben have layers of knowledge and experience like a Victorian petticoat.


Brilliantly engaging and extremely interesting podcast with the sort of informal, yet passionate discussion which makes me feel like i am eavesdropping on two friends in conversation about their most favourite subject.. Peppered with enough hilarious, realistically sweary, spontaneous exchanges to make me spill my tea laughing.. Lucy and Ben are just BRILLIANT and worth every one of their five stars🤩🤩🤩


The hosts are charming, funny and EXTREMELY knowledgeable. Their banter always keeps the subject matter from being dry. And sometimes I play the episodes quietly in the background and their lovely voices help me fall asleep...but only if I have listened to the episode before and listened to all the interesting information first! 💯😊

Costuming podcast heaven!

All the sartorial elegance and wit of Cecil Beaton, more art and history references than the Devonshire Ball. A podcast made from respectfully within the costuming community, in al it’s guises.

Absolutely Wonderful!

As a fellow lover of all things fancy dress I’m obsessed with this podcast. Just when I think I know everything possible about dressing up Lucy and Ben remind me that I am delightfully wrong. So well researched and interesting I recommend it to any one who has ever worn a costume or has an interest in history.

Fashion is funny, who knew?!

Totally love this podcast, thoroughly addicted and check in every week. Thoughtful, intelligent, knowledgeable and always hilarious.... what’s not to love?!

Informative and Lighthearted

I learned about this podcast through Dressed, another clothing/fashion history podcast of high quality. Well-researched and knowledgeable, the episodes focus on specific topics with delightfully droll commentary laced into the body of the episodes.

Entertaining creative cultural exploration

I only recently discovered this gem of a podcast through the Dressed podcast. The hosts are the perfect combination of smart, funny, & kindred spirits of this fascinating niche. The Victorian episode is incredible . I’ve recently been on a bender learning about the Victorian age , but I never would have thought to look at this age through the lens of fancy dress . I am so glad the podcast exists for this entertaining creative cultural exploration that I surely thought only existed in my nerdy fancy dress dreams. 🙌

Sensational season six

Thoroughly enjoyed this season! It was funny, witty and most importantly discussed fashion fabulously! My fave ep was Pharaohnic fashion - loved the way Lucy, Colleen and John spoke about costumes, dress up and that vintage is sustainability - still rock my pop’s leather jacket! Won’t forget to commend Ben for all his education on fashion history throughout the season. Thank you for a wonderful season and can’t wait for the next one!


that I've caught up and now have to wait for the next outburst of joy. What will my mornings, in my dressing gown, be like now until the next instalment! It's so uplifting to hear the two of them relate their passion into weekly topics that are a delight, learned but ensure you feel part of their conversations. Many many more please.

Niche Subject, Serious Thinking

I thought “Dressed: A History of Fashion” was a niche podcast, but thanks to those ladies having Lucy and Ben on the show I’ve discovered an even more niche podcast in “Dress: Fancy” and it is absolutely delightful. The beauty of Dress: Fancy being so specific in their niche is that Lucy and Ben have the ability to really deep dive into a specific historical event (like the Devonshire Ball) or a specific subculture (like LARPers) and give it a serious thoughtful treatment that draws historical and modern parallels as well as balance the frivolous nature of being in costume to the real implications of those costumes and what their place is in society. Love their ability to both embrace and critically discuss everything from cheap Marilyn Monroe costumes to Handmaid protest wear to Romanov fancy dress balls!

Beautifully British

I stumbled across this podcast when listening to ‘Dressed’. Whilst I am not usually very into fancy dress, this podcast is a delightful listen, a lovely reminder of all the elegance and true quirkiness of British culture and all the fabulously mad things we get up to. I have devoured most of the back catalogue in a week and can’t wait for more.

Hilarious and great channel for the political and social history of fashion!

I am not a typical podcast listener though this is not your typical history channel on fashion - Lucy is hilarious, Ben is informative on political/social landscape and there is just great storytelling. This is the podcast that I need to get up to date on the history of fashion in the UK. The episodes are a good duration for a commute and love photos from instagram to accompany the podcast. London is one of the best dressed cities and coming from Sydney, I envy what people wear on the street and have lots to emulate. This podcast is what I need to get up to speed on the past, present and future of fashion!

DressFancy season six

Entertaining, informative and fun. Congratulations you have done it again! Never underestimate the power of a costume.

Inspired & informative

This is just such fun to listen to. Anyone who enjoys dressing up or the idea of dressing up will be enchanted by these thoughtful and provocative discussions between Ben (the academic) & Lucy (the fantasist).

A weekly burst of joy

This show is always surprising and very funny. Clever and charming, it never fails to entertain. If you love style, fashion and cultural connections you will love this podcast

New fan!

Beautifully written, joyously funny and brilliantly insightful. Really enjoying my favourite new podcast!


I’m a big fan of this podcast. And it’s getting better ever episode. Love the sub-cultures and histories Ben and Lucy are exploring through the medium of fancy dress.

Such a fun show

I love this podcast. Each new podcast is better than the last. Lucy and Ben are witty, smart, candid and honest. I look so forward to each new episode!

Dress: Fancy is the Bees Knees!

Super fun and friendly, well researched and one of the few podcasts that merit an Instagram account!

Another winning episode

Week after week, Dress: Fancy delivers! Educational, entertaining, and timely. Lucy and Ben are engaging and clearly know and love all things Fancy Dress.

So interesting, ever so funny too!

Love this podcast it’s so interesting but also easy going.

Not so grumpy now!

Despite being that grumpy person on Instagram who hates World Book Day, I loved this pod cast. Very entertaining, well done!

Pure Joy

This podcast could not be more expertly researched, charismatically presented or full of joy in it’s subject. Completely addictive listening.


I commute hundreds of miles a week, I love listening to this podcast due to its informative, witty and truly interesting nature. Ben and Lucy are easy on the ear and the research on each fancy dress topic is phenomenal. Amazing work you two!

Head-to-toe entertainment

Lucy and Benjamin are fantastic at balancing really insightful and well-reserached content with a very entertaining delivery. I've learned so much about a topic I never knew could be so historically and culturally relevant (plus it was a great excuse to treat myself to a new copy of Rebecca)!

Sparky and fascinating

Really interesting discussion on a topic the presenters are clearly passionate about, full of good humour and great insight. Brava!

Insightful, delicious & fun

Bravo guys. This was incredibly interesting to listen to and you two have great chemistry.

Informative and entertaining.

Great podcast to listen too on the move via iTunes or Acast. Very informative and entertaining. Well worth a listen and too recommend to friends.

Class act

really love this podcast, lucy's effortless style and her love of all things fancy really shines through. Cant recommend this podcast enough!!!


This is a wonderful podcast on the endlessly fascinating subject of fancy dress. Listened to the first three episodes back to back. I’m hooked!

Dress Fancy

I have thoroughly enjoyed the three podcasts I’ve listened to so far, the enthusiasm and knowledge for fancy dressing shines out, fun too.

Fascinating stuff

... So interesting and now want to know more about! Intelligent and thought-provoking but also very entertaining. Love the Instagram link up although would love a book to keep... would also be fab on BBC2. Looking forward to the rest...


A provocative and engaging insight into joy of fancy dress. Surprising and delightful.

Brilliant, insightful, entertaining

I have really enjoyed listening so far - a very intelligent angle on what might seem like a ‘frivolous’ subject. It manages to balance interesting social history/ cultural analysis with wit and humour - so it never seems dry. Highly recommend!

Totally absorbing

A really good listen, who knew fancy dress was so politically/socially linked? Great to have the Instagram images to accompany the rich descriptions. I can’t wait for more!

Brilliant! Roll on next weeks episode

I learned a lot from this! It’s fascinating to hear the history behind some of these iconic fancy dress images. Throughly enjoyable. I’m now desperate to be transported back to my childhood fancy dress box!


Really enjoyed this insightful discussion about dress and protest. Liked the link to the Instagram page and will be listening episode 2

Never knew there was so much to learn about fancy dress

Great format, and really interesting. A subject I know very little about, so every thing is new to me! Well worth a listen 👍

Can't wait for more.

Brilliantly thought provoking and just the kind of 'super niche' podcast I so enjoy. Already very much looking forward to espisode 2, I might even wear a ball gown whilst tuning in.

Highly Recommend

Smart, engaging, funny, brilliantly researched podcast for anyone interested in the stories told by clothes. Loved this first episode.

Fancy fancy!

Love learning about one of my fave topics. Can’t wait for episode 2.

Wonderfully informed podcast full of context

For fans of material culture and fashion history, this is the perfect podcast! Dr. Benjamin Wild and Miss Lucy Clayton display their knowledge and prowess in the subject in a conversational way but also prove they are extremely well informed. Absolutely would recommend to any history nerd or person passionate about how we as humans express ourselves externally throughout time!

Well worth a listen

Insightful, entertaining, informative history of fancy dress linking up the social history and the costumes of time. Listening to the stories and meaning behind the clothes makes you realise there’s lots more to fancy dress than dressing up. Nice link to the Instagram pictures, so you get to see the costumes too. Wonderfully discussed, with real expertise about the history behind the clothes. Highly recommended!