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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!