Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween 2015

So this past weekend, this happened...







Dances of Vice does the very best costume events! Theme was "Phantasmagorey", the setting was "Venetian Carneval". My inspiration baroque Venice. That night, I was a marchesa. Not even sure exactly what level of aristocracy that is, but I love the sound of the title.
I chose the full face mask because that's a tradition of Venetian Carneval, too, and I learned that those full faced masks had a particular sex appeal in that era. They were held in place by a protrusion that entered the mouth. It made speaking impossible with the mask on. So women wearing them would have to communicate solely with their bodies. And men found this alluring....these mysterious, nearly anonymous, silent women moving gracefully around them. Sexist? Maybe, but I love it! And it reminded me of mask work I've done in my acting studies...
God, I love costume events. If only I could do this every day - take random inspiration, come up with a character, create a complete look to bring it to life, then wear it out in a shared fantasy world.... That's got to be the underlying reason why I became an actress...it's all about the dress up for me. ;-)

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