Nov 15, 2018
Between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, novelists seemed fascinated by fancy dress. From Defoe to de Maurier, Blyton to Poe, authors used costumed entertainments to drive narratives and to determine the fate of their lead characters. Always exhilarating, very often devastating, the place of fancy dress in literature reveals much about how this sartorial form was perceived by contemporaries.
But why was dressing frequently considered malevolent? Were female characters in control, or controlled, by their costumes? And why did fancy dress have such relevance during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? Advance warning: After this week’s episode, you’ll want to visit your library or local book shop…