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Splendiferousness

Loved chatting with Lucy about my book on the history of bad and bonkers advice to women, and how you can love clothes and dress-ups while prancing out of reach of misogyny and lips-of-string judgement based on centuries of sexist palaver. It was so nice to talk with an interviewer who GETS that the frivolous can be serious and vice versa, and the trivial can be important, and the important can be FUN. (Sorry; shouting now.) Have long been a fan of the podcast; now thrilled to be a friend of the podcast, too.


Dress: Fancy Podcast review

Dress: Fancy is a joyful podcast about style, clothes, culture, history and dressing up that hits the right tone for both fashion insiders and the fashion curious. It's a friendly and informative fashion podcast that covers un-expected themes and variations of what is going on with a keen wit and wisdom. Thank you Lucy for making the magic happen.


A stich in time!

Just what we need right now - a lovingly created show all about the finer things in life. Lucy's interviews with guests talking about everything from raucous country house parties to historically accurate underwear brighten my day with every listen.


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!


Amazing

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.


INTELLIGENT👍🏼INFORMATIVE🤩ENTERTAINING

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🤩🤩🤩


Delightful

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!


Devastated...

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.