Please note – this is indicative of the types and styles of masquerade masks we carry in store, but all styles may not be available all the time, and new similar styles may emerge.
Prices range in store from $6 – $45 for the more elaborate masks.
Masquerade balls date back to the Carnival season in the 15th century, and involved increasingly elaborate pageants, and triumphal processions celebrating marriages and other dynastic events of late medieval court life. Masquerade balls were extended into costumed public festivities in Italy during the 16th century Renaissance. They were generally elaborate dances held for members of the upper classes, and were particularly popular in Venice. They have been associated with the tradition of the Carnival of Venice. Masquerade balls were sometimes set as a game among guests. The masked guests were supposedly dressed so as to be unidentifiable. This would create a type of game to see if a guest could determine each other’s identities. This added a humorous effect to many masquerades and enabled a more enjoyable version of typical balls.