Sep 12, 2018
In the first of a new series that looks at the social significance and psychology of dressing up, Lucy Clayton and cultural historian Dr Benjamin Wild discuss the global prevalence of fancy dress protests. From slogan covered T-shirts to city-wide marches, pussy hats to power aprons, an increasing number of people are getting creative with costume to give voice to opinions they feel are not being heard.
Why are concerned, angry, passionate people from around the world taking to their sewing machines and their cities’ streets in ever larger numbers? How and why do protesters use fancy dress to articulate their views? Why is so much time invested to make garments that are worn for just a few hours, and possibly just once? Decide for yourself if costumed protests are more psychological salve or a potent means of preserving our democratic freedoms.
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Protests involving fancy dress costume have appeared in many recent news cycles. For some of the stories mentioned in the episode, see:
Pussy Hat Project - www.pussyhatproject.com
White clowns in Mexico - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-44038976
Rachel Fallon and the repeal of the Eighth Amendment in Ireland - https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/12/the-hateful-eighth-artists-frontline-ireland-abortion-rights-battle-eighth-amendment.
Rottingdean Bazaar's catwalk presentation at LFWM - http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/40312/1/rottingdean-art-school-stefan-cooke-ss19-man-munroe-bergdorf-fancy-dress.
Margaret Atwood - The Handmaids Tale
Sarah Maple - www.sarahmaple.com
Cardiff Fancy Dress Hire - www.scripttoscreen.co.uk