Laurence Llewelyn-bowen's Men Of Fashion

Laurence Llewelyn-bowen tells the story of dandyism and male peacockery through the ages.

Episodes

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01Henry Viii - The King Must Wear Gold2009040620121105 (BBC7)
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How clothes symbolised power, philosophy, taste, sexuality and personal expression.

Tracing male peacockery through the ages - how clothes symbolised power, philosophy, taste, sexuality and personal expression.

For Henry, clothes were the embodiment of nation.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

02The Stuart Kings - The Crisis In Fashion2009040720121106 (BBC7)
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Men's clothing at the court of Charles I betrayed all the tensions of the age.

The radiant clothing at the court of King Charles I, sumptuously painted by Anthony Van Dyck, but showing tensions of the age.

Men's clothing at the court of Charles I, sumptuously portrayed in the paintings of van Dyck, radiated confidence.

Yet also written in the clothes were all the tensions of the age.

03Charles Ii - Fashion Restored?2009040820121107 (BBC7)
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The restoration of Charles II seems to signal a return to the old sartorial order.

An old sartorial order seemed restored, but French fashions prompted a style that would herald the three-piece suit.

An old sartorial order seemed restored, but 'unpatriotic' French fashions prompted a style that would herald the 3-piece suit.

But alarm bells over 'unpatriotic' French fashions prompt the style that will become the 'three-piece suit', and the court begins to lose its grip on men's fashion.

04Beau Nash And The Rise Of The Middling Sort2009040920121108 (BBC7)
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Laurence visits Bath, the setting for the 18th-century revolution in men's clothing.

The impact of an English dandy. The interior designer visits Bath, the hub of the 18th-century men's clothing revolution.

Laurence visits Bath, the setting for the 18th-century revolution in men's clothing where Beau Nash's Rules open society to men who are well dressed, not just well born.

The impact of an English dandy. The interior designer visits Bath, the hub of the 18th century men's clothing revolution. Episode 4 of 15.

05Beau Brummell - The Dandy Style2009041020121109 (BBC7)
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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen explores Beau Brummell, British fashion's most influential man.

Tastemaker to the Regency, Beau Brummell was British fashion's most influential man. The interior designer surveys his impact.

Beau Brummell, taste-maker to the Regency, was the most influential man in British fashion.

What was the dandy style and why did the men of St James's do it so very well?

06Beau And Byron - The Romantic Rebellion2009041320121112 (BBC7)
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Laurence robes up like Lord Byron, in the costume of an Albanian nobleman.

Laurence robes up to commune with Lord Byron, unwitting author of Romantic dress and famously painted as an Albanian nobleman.

Lawrence robes up to commune with Lord Byron - unwitting author of Romantic dress and famously painted as an Albanian nobleman. Episode 6 of 15.

Lord Byron, unwitting author of Romantic dress, famously sat for a portrait in the costume of an Albanian nobleman.

Laurence robes up similarly to commune with the poet.

07The Tartan Titan And The Highland Fashion Cult2009041420121113 (BBC7)
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In 19th-century Scotland, George IV's endorsement meant tartan and the kilt became cult.

Romanticism and nationalism in 19th-century Scotland, where King George IV's endorsement meant tartan and the kilt became cult.

By the 19th century, Romanticism and nationalism in Scotland were in full flow.

With the royal endorsement of King George IV, the kilt and tartan - a fabric once banned for its associations with the Jacobite cause - had gained cult status.

: In 19th century Scotland, King George IV's endorsement meant tartan and the kilt became cult.

08Men In Black - The Funereal Victorians (and Oscar Of Course)2009041520121114 (BBC7)
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Why did Victorian men dress ready for a funeral? Black embodied power and serious purpose.

Why did Victorian men dress ready for a funeral? Black embodied power and serious purpose yet democratised fashion for ever.

Why did Victorian men dress as if attending a funeral? Men in black embodied power and serious purpose yet also democratised fashion forever.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

Men in black embodied power and serious purpose yet also democratised fashion forever.

09Men In Uniform - Nation And Empire Resplendent2009041620121115 (BBC7)
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Not always for camouflage, 19th-century uniforms were vibrant and flattering.

Not always for camouflage, 19th-century uniforms were vibrant and flattering. Fashion's military love affair continues today.

Military uniform was not always about camouflage.

During the 19th century it provided men with some of the most vibrant and flattering clothing available.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

Military uniform provided men with some of the most vibrant, flattering clothing available

10Sporting Gents - The Prince Of Wales Plays Golf2009041720121116 (BBC7)
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How sportswear has influenced men's fashion since the French Revolution.

The interior designer examines how sportswear has been men's fashion's single biggest influence since the French Revolution.

Sportswear has been the single biggest influence on men's fashion since the French Revolution.

The Prince of Wales set trends both on and off the golf course, and men have been moving towards increasing informality ever since.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

The Prince of Wales set trends both on and off the golf course.

11Cary Grant - The Influence Of Hollywood2009042020121119 (BBC7)
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The interior designer examines the impact of the silver screen on men's fashion, celebrating the stars that have redefined it.

Laurence celebrates the stars and the movies that have redefined mens' fashion.

In a small screening theatre, Laurence and fashion journalist Bronwyn Cosgrave celebrate the stars and the movies that have redefined mens' fashion.

from Clark Gable to Mad Men.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

12Teddy Boys - Fashion For The Youthquake2009042120121120 (BBC7)
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In the 1950s, Teddy Boys aped and subverted the styles of their social superiors.

The interior designer rock 'n' rolls back to the 1950s, when Teddy Boys aped and subverted the styles of their social superiors.

In the 1950s, working-class men set the fashion agenda for the first time when Teddy Boys aped and subverted the styles of their social superiors with the New Edwardian look.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

13The King's Road - Granny Takes A Trip Into Punk2009042820090422 (BBC7)
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Malcolm McLaren joins Lawrence to assess the partnership between pop music and fashion.

Malcolm McLaren joins Lawrence to assess the insoluble partnership between pop music and fashion through the decades.

13The King's Road - Granny Takes A Trip...into Punk2009042220121121 (BBC7)

The story of how fashion and music formed an insoluble partnership, from the influence of Elvis Presley to the pretty hippies and the punks of the King's Road.

With Malcolm Mclaren.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

The story of how fashion and music formed an insoluble partnership.

Malcolm McLaren joins Lawrence to assess the insoluble partnership between pop music and fashion through the decades.

14The New Man? - Fashion In The '80s2009042920090423 (BBC7)
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How did fashion in the 1980s reflect the greedy consumerism of the times?

Big hair, big shoulders, big salaries and big hangovers. Laurence wonders whether fashion reflected 1980s greedy consumerism.

14The New Man? Fashion In The 80s2009042320121122 (BBC7)

First the New Romantics, then the arrival of big hair, big shoulders, big salaries and big hangovers.

How did fashion in the 1980s reflect the greedy consumerism of the times, and what happened when the bubble burst?

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

How did fashion in the 1980s reflect the greedy consumerism of the times?

Big hair, big shoulders, big salaries and big hangovers. Laurence wonders whether fashion reflected 1980s greedy consumerism.

15 LASTThe Clothes We're In - The State Of Men's Fashion Now2009042420121123 (BBC7)
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Laurence finds out what current men's fashion says about the state we are in.

With women's hemlines acting as a social and economic barometer, Laurence asks what men's fashion says about the state we are in.

With women's hemlines acting as a social and economic barometer, Laurence asks what men's fashion says about the state we're in.

In women's fashion the hemline acts as a social barometer, going up and down with the fortunes of the stock market.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.