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BBC Time Shift – How to be a Lady: An Elegant History (2013)

BBC Timeshift 2013 How to Be a Lady An Elegant History

Rachel Johnson goes in search of what seems an almost vanished social type – the lady. With a handful of vintage etiquette books to guide her and a generous helping of film archive, she wants to find out how the idea of the lady changed over time – and what it might mean to be one now. Along the way she tries out etiquette classes and side-saddle lessons, as well as discovering that debutante balls have been revived for export.

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