56 episodes

Dress: Fancy explores the popularity, prevalence and power of fancy dress. Hosted by Lucy Clayton and Dr Benjamin Wild, the series looks at the social significance and psychology of people in costume. Episodes consider why fancy dress has been a constant theme throughout history; sometimes as an act of celebration or escapism, on other occasions as a form of protest or disruption.

Dress: Fancy Lucy Clayton

    • Fashion & Beauty
    • 5.0, 2 Ratings

Dress: Fancy explores the popularity, prevalence and power of fancy dress. Hosted by Lucy Clayton and Dr Benjamin Wild, the series looks at the social significance and psychology of people in costume. Episodes consider why fancy dress has been a constant theme throughout history; sometimes as an act of celebration or escapism, on other occasions as a form of protest or disruption.

    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? – Surrealist balls

    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? – Surrealist balls

    Appropriately for a summer quite unlike any other, this week Lucy and Ben invite themselves to a series of surrealist balls. Tagging along with Salvador Dalí, they discuss the Rothschild Ball of 1972 and the pros and cons of installing a maze in your hallway and serving still-living food on faux-fur plates. Top hosting tips as ever!

    • 39 min
    You Crazy Fool – The Harlequin and Pierrot in Laughter and Life

    You Crazy Fool – The Harlequin and Pierrot in Laughter and Life

    This week, Lucy and Ben ponder the enduring appeal, and representation, of the duelling relationship between the fictional frenemies, the harlequin and pierrot. From plays and paintings, to fashion and -of course- fancy dress, the comic duo reveal much about shifting social values and confirm that many a true word is spoken in jest…

    • 46 min
    The Chiffon Trenches: A Review of Andre Leon Talley’s Memoir

    The Chiffon Trenches: A Review of Andre Leon Talley’s Memoir

    Lucy and Ben tweak their normal designer-focused episode to review Andre Leon Talley’s memoir, The Chiffon Trenches. Reflecting on Talley’s exuberant and complex life – in and out of fashion’s spotlight – the book provides a rare opportunity to peel back the industry’s polished veneer and to consider how the pursuit of fashion rarely comes without cost.

    • 56 min
    Masqued Realities –– The Stuart Court Masque

    Masqued Realities –– The Stuart Court Masque

    Lucy and Ben are off to the court to enjoy the spectacle that was the masque. Propaganda par excellence, this short-lived entertainment during the seventeenth century glorified monarchy, and could give contemporary leaders a PR tip or two. Discussing the tense creative partnership between poet Ben Jonson and architect Inigo Jones, the show takes you to a world of sensory excess that was fit for a king - and his queen - in every sense.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Vive la Révolution: Make-up Gets Ugly

    Vive la Révolution: Make-up Gets Ugly

    Ben and Lucy are taking their diamanté magnifying glass to the face itself, and thinking about a new fashion coinage: Ugly Make-up, or Brutalist Make-up. Reflecting on the origins and motivations of this creative, conspicuous beauty trend, the Dress: Fancy duo also offer some of their own cosmetic tips. Surely, not to be missed.

    • 57 min
    Black Portraiture & the Getty Museum Challenge – interview with Peter Brathwaite

    Black Portraiture & the Getty Museum Challenge – interview with Peter Brathwaite

    Peter Brathwaite is a man of many talents but most recently he’s been the shining star of the Getty Museum Challenge – the social media sensation that has captivated art lovers, creators and costume fanatics during global lockdown. Using the challenge as platform to explore the history of Black Portraiture, Peter has brilliantly captured the spirit of works of art across the ages and drawn attention to stories that have been too long neglected or considered marginalised.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

Frau Haberecht ,

Dress Fancy Superb!!!

Simply fascinating and very informative, I really enjoyed every word. Lovely to listen to while making work.

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