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Victorian gothic mask

Postby Annis » Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:08 pm

My college are having a masquerade theme for their may ball.

My dress I'll be wearing is purple satin underneath black lace and i want to make a Victorian gothic styled eye mask. Does anyone have any links to pictures of victorian masks? or any ideas at all of what to put on it?

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Postby Annis » Sat Mar 10, 2007 5:53 pm

This is the dress, it looks more blue then purple.
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Postby Theotherone » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:22 pm

Is it a Domino mask that you're looking for? - the kind that just covers the eye part of the face?


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Postby Annis » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:26 pm

Yep, all I want are some pictures to give me an idea of the styles.


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Postby Tod » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:09 am

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I make masks, you might have seen them at the NLHF. Do you mean like a Zorro/Highwayman type mask. with either elastic, ribbon, or a handle?
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Postby Annis » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:16 am

Never been to NHLF but yes, those sorts of masks.


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Postby frances » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:04 pm

(oh, I just wrote you a long reply, but it disappeared. Here is a synopsis.)

I give talks and practical workshops on mask-making. There are almost no pics of Victorian masks. I ahve only found one written reference to an annual masked ball in London in Victorian times.

Generally throughout history practical day-to-day masks were plain white or black. At parties and masquerades they could be very elaborate, designed as part of the outfit.

Think about the back (most people will see this rather than the front). Have big eye-holes and a large mouth-hole and make sure that you can breath. Make the inside comfortable so you can wear it all evening - put foam and cotton as a lining. Decide how to fix it on your face as part of the design - like glasses, a tie around the back, hanging down from a hat etc etc. Sew wire around the edges so it keeps its shape, no matter what.

Have fun. Have a mask-making party two weeks beforehand where you and friends pool materials, ideas and expertise.



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Postby Annis » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:43 pm

ok, thanks for the help!


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Postby William » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:45 pm

Is it vital that it is Victorian? For the style of mask you describe, Annis, I would suggest you try Googling for 'Venetian mask', and you should get lots of ideas!

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Postby Annis » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:49 pm

well my dress is gothic like so thats why i was after the victorian gothic look. but i will try googling venetian ones too.


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Postby William » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:55 pm

Some of the Venetian styles are certainly 'gothic' - well probably more 'goth' than 'Victorian gothic', but you should find some inspiration!



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Postby Annis » Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:14 pm

Just to get things straight, i DO NOT want to buy a mask. I simply want some pictures to look at the styles.


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Postby lidimy » Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:20 pm

How are you going to make it? :D Looks kinda fun :)

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Postby Annis » Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:36 pm

I've got to buy a plain eye mask and then decorate it, oh an attacha stick to it.


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Postby lidimy » Sat Mar 17, 2007 8:19 pm

Cool, I like the idea of decorating :D Are you going to get lots of feathers and sparkly bits?

(and I like the stick ones best too)

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Postby Annis » Sat Mar 17, 2007 8:20 pm

proabably, I don't know.


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Postby Theotherone » Mon Mar 19, 2007 7:10 pm

Annis,

Take a look at this (pinched from one of Martin's postings)

http://www.foreign-field.co.uk/lrpfashion.html


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Postby Annis » Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:34 pm

ooh pretty! Thanks!


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Postby MedicKitten » Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:38 pm

Annis, I have a LOVELY leather domino-style mask with a really nifty method of keeping it on my face- on either side there are strings with heavy-ish decorative beads hanging down. You just loop the strings/braid over your ears, and the weight of the beads keeps the mask on without messing up your hair! :D
I imagine that this would be fairly easy to replicate, especially with some nice finger-braiding for the strings

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Postby Annis » Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:41 pm

:shock: do you have a picture? please! :D


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Postby Theotherone » Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:49 pm

Did you know, apparently there was a type of Venitian mask that was kept in place by a button type thing held between the teeth? If I've time I'll try to find a link later, if you wish.


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Postby MedicKitten » Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:52 pm

errr...lemme see...I got my mask from here

http://www.wendyklein.com/gallery.html

and I have style "A" of the "Unmask Series". Her stuff is AMAZING!!! The over the ear design is SUCH a nice idea too.


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Postby Theotherone » Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:54 pm

http://www.chameleonmasks.com/history_of_masks.html
This has a bit on the history of masks (the moretta is the one I mentioned). They sell some stunning stuff too.

As do these

http://www.masksofvenice.co.uk/products/default.php
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Postby Annis » Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:07 pm

Oh MK, those are fabulous! as are the ones on the venecian link!
Yeah, I have heard of of the mouth thingy - the LH link didn't work though.

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Postby Theotherone » Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:12 pm

Mea Culpa. :oops:

Completely the wrong link.

This is the http://www.chameleonmasks.com/history_of_masks.html


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Postby Annis » Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:19 pm

I like those masks too :D I really like the ones I've seen with the sheet music on them, there's an example in the link you just gave me...
I like the peacock feathers too, but I dont know if it would go with my dress, and I'm not using the one i found at Kentwell!!


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Postby Theotherone » Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:58 pm

There are probably enough fletchers etc on here to be able to tell you a where to get featers from and b how to colour them. Those downy swan's ones could look good coloured purple/black.


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Postby Tuppence » Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:36 pm

I'm sure there's a section on venetion mask on the costumer's manifesto ( http://www.costumes.org), and the merchant venturers sell plain ones, I think, as well as already decorated ones.


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Postby Annis » Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:52 pm

Well, here's a design I did last night.
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