The History of Fancy Dress Part IV

Here’s the fourth and final installment about fancy dress (catch up with Part III here) - in this one we’ll be focussing on the way in which fancy dress was used to subvert the societal norms of the early twentieth century. During the 1920s and 1930s fancy dress became associated with some pretty raucous parties... Continue Reading →

The History of Fancy Dress Part III

We finished the last episode of the history of fancy dress with prudish-nineteenth century morality putting an end to the rather debauched pleasure gardens. Then, of course, came The Victorians and boy, did they like dressing up, just in a rather more sanitised way. In accord with the new mood of decorum, fancy balls became... Continue Reading →

The History of Fancy Dress Part II

This week in fancy dress with Kate we’re going to talk about pleasure gardens, which is nearly as sordid as it sounds, but first the original burning man (or in this instance, men). So. Where did we leave off? That’s right, the Venetian Carnival (you can read about it in Part I, if you haven’t... Continue Reading →

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