Carnival of Venice is one of the oldest pre-Lenten festivals in the world. Venetian masks and costumes are lavishly decorated with luxurious fabrics & braided trims, feathers, beads, intricately hand painted designs, and touches of gold or silver leaf. Together, let’s explore this magical celebration.
Bold & Beautiful:
It’s All in the Details
A fantastic location like Venice calls for equally dramatic costumes. Every intricate detail in these opulent red velvet and gold costumes mimics the delicate lacelike architecture.
Lady in Red
“All eyes on me” is the message of this feathered beauty. With mesmerizing blue eyes and matching lashes, it is impossible to look away.
Flirtatious Orange & Black
Who is the flirtatious woman behind the mask? You may only catch a glimpse of her, but the impression will last a lifetime.
Pretty in Pink
Mirror Mirror…who is the fairest of them all?
From sequins and beads to feathers and fabrics, this purple and gold ensemble stands out in a crowd.
It Takes Two – Couples Costumes:
In Perfect Harmony
Although individual details vary, these costumes are perfectly coordinated by design. Lush green feathers create frames for showcasing their lovely golden masks.
Too Close for Comfort
No matter how hard they try, these two lovers will not be able to kiss, but their body language makes us believe anything is possible.
Somewhere in Time
Wearing vintage costumes, while standing upon a dock on the Grand Canal, time seems to stand still.
Most couples vow “until death do us part,” but this macabre pair are going above and beyond for eternity.
The Four Classical Elements:
In ancient times, it was believed that the world was made from four basic elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Layered in flowers, vines, butterflies and birds, this costume would please Mother Nature herself.
Simply by walking, these voluminous feathers stir the air. Twinkling rhinestones, glitter, gold trim and sequins create the illusion of fluid movement in this light and airy mask.
Even from afar, it’s easy to recognize this fiery costume. While I appreciate all the work that went into making each of the individual flames, I think lighter weight reflective fabrics would be more successful in conveying the illusion of flickering fire.
When you live in Venice, water plays an integral part of daily life. The shimmering, reflective, color changing effects of these costumes mimics the ebb and flow of this watery world.
Gemstones & Beads
Faceted gemstones, iridescent beads, rhinestones and sequins adorn every inch of this one-of-a-kind dazzling costume.
Everything from gossamer fabrics to lush velvets, adorned with braided trims, call attention to this interesting trio. The undecorated white masks and blank stares do not complement the design, causing the wearers to appear to be mannequins.
Peacock feathers certainly make a statement. Metallic paints, faceted gemstones and glittering gold accents perfectly complement the natural iridescence of the feathers.
How many hours do you think it took to make these costumes? Both have layer upon layer of fabrics. The one on the left is adorned with pearls and gold trims, while the one on the right consists of sheer pastel fabrics wrapped upon soft wires, making each one adjustable in any position.
Cool metallic “half” mask with granulated glitter accents, soft tulle fabric, fluffy feathers, rhinestone studded trim, polished beads, and smooth porcelain come together in this beautifully textured ensemble.
Staying In Character:
Ready to perform at a moment’s notice, this performer awaits the first musical notes to set her feet in motion in the ancient art of dance.
This feathered headpiece reminds me of 1920’s fashions. Her sassy posture and look of confidence and curiosity in her eyes work in such harmony that it’s easy to forget she is wearing a mask.
Like hummingbirds, fairies seldom stand still. The surprised facial expression combined with the sideways glance, tilt of the head and arm position imply she may dart off at any second.
Masks with Personality:
Want to be the life of the party? Without saying a word, this amusing mask will make you smile. Add a funny walk or a few bobbing dance steps and viewers will be laughing in no time.
Being naughty can be fun. Either of these masks will keep them guessing what you will do next.
Want to add a little mystery to your life? Glowing eyes, in the darkness, keep their secrets hidden. What lies beneath that sly smile?
If you have a warm and bubbly personality, or you are a cat lover at heart, this mask may be the “purrfect” choice for you.
Taking Center Stage:
Our Solar System
Until I saw this costume, I never realized one person could represent an entire solar system in an elegant and stylish fashion.
As always, thanks for reading!
Happy Carnival & Happy Crafting!