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The Story of Venitian Masks

Venetian masks are perhaps the best surviving style of mask today, in the sense that their use is similar today to what they were used for when they were first invented. This isn’t surprising, as their use was social and political, rather than religious, shamanistic or funerary. They initially...

Brief History of the Sock and Buskin

A mask is not the first thing that comes to mind of a modern person looking to accessorize. Most masks we wear serve a practical purpose – to protect our health or our identity. You’ll notice that most moderns masks are also helmets. Halloween may be a time when...

Reasons to Organise a Masquerade Part 2

If you consider it for a moment, a masquerade becomes an increasingly good idea in the age of social media, where the social coordinates that used to be established by the unpredictable forces of natural interaction, have become walled gardens of perfectly manicured and strategically pruned social profiles. We...

Reasons to Organise a Masquerade Part 1

Parties are becoming increasingly predictable these days. You can pretty much imagine the usual suspects on the spot: someone’s house or a large table at a bar, copious amounts of drink, some food, and hopefully good conversation. It’s the conversation that really saves the day, or late evening rather,...