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Dress: Fancy: The Podcast About Dressing Up

Nov 22, 2018

It is not contentious to connect costume and the catwalk: Alexander McQueen did in 1997 with his ‘It’s A Jungle Out There’ collection. However, few designers and fashion houses are as willing – or as brave? – to compare their collections with the dressing up box. In today’s fashion industry ‘Fancy Dress’ remains a dirty term. Why is this? Discussing recent commentary that considers ‘ugly’, ‘critical’ and ‘experimental’ fashions, alongside the presentation of fashion in photographers’ work – from Tim Walker to Juno Calypso – this episode considers why the prevalence and popularity of fancy dress creates opportunities, and dilemmas, for some of fashion industries biggest brands. 



  • Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas, Critical Fashion Practice (2017)
  • Francesca Granata, Experimental Fashion: Performance Art, Carnival and the Grotesque Body (2017)
  • Jamie Huckbody, ‘The Ugly Truth’, Harper’s BAZAAR Australia (August 2018), 120-123.
  • Tim Walker, Story Teller (2012)



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  • @nadialeelee
  • @junocalypso


Fashion designers

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  • @craig__green
  • bruceasbestos
  • @rottingdeanbazaar


Wider commentary

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  • @trashfashionshit
  • @worldofwearableart
  • @sarahmower_