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

For Henry, clothes were the embodiment of nation.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

. Men's clothing at the court of Charles I betrayed all the tensions of the age.

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

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.

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

The restoration of Charles II seems to signal a return to the old sartorial order. 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.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

. The restoration of Charles II seems to signal a return to the old sartorial order.

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

04Beau Nash - The Rise Of The Middling Sort2009040920160421 (BBC7)
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Laurence visits Bath, the setting for the 18th-century revolution in men's clothing.

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

04Beau Nash - The Rise Of The Middling Sort2009041520090409 (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.

04Beau Nash - The Rise Of The 'middling Sort'2009041520090409 (BBC7)
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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.
04Beau Nash And The Rise Of The Middling Sort2009040920121108 (BBC7)
20141009 (BBC7)
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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen tells the story of dandyism and male peacockery through the ages.

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.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

. 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.

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 tells the story of dandyism and male peacockery through the ages.

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?

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

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

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen explores Beau Brummell, British fashion's most influential man.

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

05Beau Brummell - The Dandy Style2009041620090410 (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.

06Beau And Byron - The Romantic Rebellion2009041320121112 (BBC7)
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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen tells the story of dandyism and male peacockery through the ages.

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.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

. Laurence robes up like Lord Byron, in the costume of 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.

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

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

06Beau And Byron - The Romantic Rebellion2009041720090413 (BBC7)
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Lawrence robes up to commune with Lord Byron - unwitting author of Romantic dress and famously painted as an Albanian nobleman. Episode 6 of 15.

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.

07The Tartan Titan And The Highland2009042020090414 (BBC7)
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: In 19th century Scotland, King George IV's endorsement meant tartan and the kilt became cult.

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

07The Tartan Titan And The Highland Fashion Cult2009041420121113 (BBC7)
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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen tells the story of dandyism and male peacockery through the ages.

The Tartan Titan and the Highland Fashion 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.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

. By the 19th century, tartan and the kilt had gained cult status.

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.

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

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

08Men In Black - The Funereal Victorians (and Oscar Of Course)2009041520121114 (BBC7)
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Synopsis

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

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.

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.

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

08Men In Black - The Funereal Victorians (and Oscar Of Course)2009042120090415 (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.

09Men In Uniform - Nation And Empire Resplendent2009041620121115 (BBC7)
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Synopsis

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

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

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.

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

09Men In Uniform - Nation And Empire Resplendent2009042220090416 (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.

10Sporting Gents - The Prince Of Wales Plays Golf2009041720121116 (BBC7)
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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.

How sportswear has influenced men's fashion since the French Revolution.

Synopsis

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

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.

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

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

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.

Synopsis

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

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.

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

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

12Teddy Boys - Fashion For The Youthquake2009042120121120 (BBC7)
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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.

In the 1950s, Teddy Boys aped and subverted the styles of their social superiors.

Synopsis

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

. In the 1950s, Teddy Boys aped and subverted the styles of their social superiors.

In the 1950s, Teddy Boys aped and subverted the styles of their social superiors.

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

13The King's Road - Granny Takes A Trip - Into Punk2009042820090422 (BBC7)
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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 Punk2009042220160504 (BBC7)
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Malcolm McLaren joins Lawrence to assess the partnership between pop music and fashion.

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

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.

Synopsis

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

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.

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

14The New Man? - Fashion In The 80s2009042920090423 (BBC7)
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Big hair, big shoulders, big salaries and big hangovers. Laurence wonders whether fashion reflected 1980s greedy consumerism.
14The New Man? - Fashion In The '80s2009042320160505 (BBC7)
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How did fashion in the 1980s reflect the greedy consumerism of the times?

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

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.

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

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?

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

15The Clothes We're In - The State Of Men's Fashion Now2009042420160506 (BBC7)
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Laurence finds out what current men's fashion says about the state we are in.

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

15The Clothes We're In - The State Of Men's Fashion Now2009043020090424 (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.

15 LASTThe Clothes We're In - The State Of Men's Fashion Now2009042420121123 (BBC7)
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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.

Laurence finds out what current men's fashion says about the state we are in.

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

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

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

In women's fashion the hemline acts as a social barometer, going up and down with the fortunes of the stock market. Laurence finds out what current men's fashion says about the state we are in.

. Laurence finds out what current men's fashion says about the state we are in.