Helen Walters explores the role of photography as part of fancy dress practice and the reasons why people want to have visual memories of themselves and their friends wearing and playing dress-up. A fancy dress party is a fleeting and frivolous event where appearance plays centre stage and people can deliberately flaunt, subvert and challenge the norms of everyday behaviour and fashions. Photography and fancy dress have a long history and the famous Duchess of Devonshire's Ball in 1897 is an early example of the connection between photography and costuming. Today people use their phones and cameras to record their fancy dress antics and then share their experiences on Youtube and Facebook.
This is a shortened version of a talk presented during History Week 2013 as part of the Speaker Connect program, a partnership between the History Council of NSW and the Royal Australian Historical Society.
Supported by Your Community Heritage.
Filmed and produced by Absorb.