The days of receiving a personal invitation from the king to attend his masquerade ball might be over, but the days of throwing your own can begin any time. Do it by asking your friends to dress up in costume, and make sure to order masquerade masks for your guests to wear. These accessories will create an air of mystery and elegance in your space and are especially fun to hand out at Sweet 16 and Halloween events.
Beginning in the 13th century, Venetians began celebrating Carnival which is an elaborate festivity that happens just before Lent. By the 15th century, these festivities began to include dressing up in masquerade. Ornate styles were used for this occasion, and each style was known by a different name. For instance, the bauta was a full facemask that began as a completely white design but, over the years, became gold.
The influence of Venetian Carnivals spread to courts throughout Europe, and masquerade balls became popular as a result. Ornate Venetian masks were used in French and English courts to celebrate special occasions such as weddings. The tradition lives on today as Venice continues to celebrate Carnival, and Venetian designs continue to be incorporated into celebrations around the world. See what you're missing out on by purchasing our beautiful accessories for your upcoming bash.