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Masquerade parties coming up? If you are looking for handcrafted, elegant, mysterious and sensual party masks, in this article we have made a selection of what may be right for you.
We were inspired by Kubrick's famous cult film Eyes Wide Shut to choose them, but if you haven't seen it, don't worry, in this article we help you choose the right party masks for you depending on your personality and the party you want to go to!
'Fidelio' is the password to enter the mysterious masquerade party in Eyes Wide Shut, and it is also the name of this splendid mask, inspired by the very guardians at the entrance to the luxurious villa in the film.
The Face Mask follows the shape of the human face, hiding it completely.
They are highly prized for their unflappable inexpressiveness, which makes them very mysterious, and for the ample space available, which allows today's mascarists to decorate them according to the occasion.
If you think these are your ideal party masks, you can find some of them here.
The Colombina mask is a typical Venetian mask that conceals only the upper part of the face, leaving the mouth and chin uncovered.
Over time, it became one of the most versatile party masks, worn by both men and women who wanted to partially conceal their face to add a touch of mystery to their face but still make it recognisable. Find all our columbine masks here.
We now come to the beautiful Diamond Headgear, a Baroque-style mask inspired by that of Bill (Tom Cruise), the protagonist of Eyes Wide Shut.
The mask, unlike the one in the film, is not a complete face but only a half-face, which will not allow you total anonymity (but then again, the original Eyes Wide Shut mask did not save Bill from being recognised, so you might as well choose this one, which will at least allow you to drink and generally be more comfortable during t h e evening).
You can find it here.
If you are looking for party masks to avoid being recognised read on, we will soon discuss the Venetian Bauta.
Before the Venetian bauta, let's talk about the other iconic mask from Eyes Wide Shut, that of the charming and mysterious woman who sacrifices herself to save Bill. Original Venice Shop offers you a wide selection of Venetian feather masks,
ideal if you too want to remain imprinted in the memories of party-goers, as the Mandy of the film has remained in the hearts of us all.
Find Venetian masks with feathers here.
We finally arrive at party masks that are ideal for concealing one's identity!
The bauta was the mask once most commonly used by Venetians when they wanted to go incognito.
What made it so popular for those who wanted to remain completely anonymous? Its fortune derived from the peculiar shape of the mask's upper lip, which was deformed and elongated to allow the wearer to eat and drink without removing it and which produced the side effect of altering the voice, thus making it impossible to recognise the wearer.
If Bill, the protagonist of Eyes Wide Shut, had worn a bayou, they would never have found out!
Here you can find our handcrafted baute, from the most classic versions to the more modern reinterpretations.
we will never know who he is
Zanni is the mask of the Commedia dell' Arte, characterised by a curved, pointed nose, who embodies the stereotype of the crude and vulgar servant, sometimes wicked, who often tries to play tricks on his master.
This mask is ideal if you want to pull pranks on your guests at the party and go unpunished!
You can find them here.
If you like the idea of being the element of chaos at the party but you don't like the Zanni Mask, why not go with the better known Jolly?
Here you can find a great selection of joker party masks to become the most feared guest of the evening!
Do you want to conceal your face so that you can indulge in your most primal instincts without having to feel ashamed? Why not then choose the face of an animal that best embodies your most hidden side?
Here you can choose from various masks, to find the one most akin to your inner beast.
The gnaga was once a typically male mask, but today fortunately these distinctions no longer exist, or at least that is what we hope (feel free to wear whatever mask you wish!).
However, it remains in the collective imagination as a mask linked to sensuality. Ideal if at the party you hope to approach the person you have been aiming for for a long time! You can find our cat masks here.
Still on the subject of sensuality, if you want to dare more, we can only recommend these sexy metal filigree masks.
This technique leaves much of the face uncovered, yet manages to conceal just enough to create a tantalizing see-through effect to fascinate and catch the eyes of those around you.
These party masks we propose are all the work of master Vincenzino, who has specialised for years in the use of metal filigree and the creation of mysterious and sexy masks, and you can find them here.
Where and when to use these masks? If you have seen 50 Shades of Grey you know it better than we do.
(It is no coincidence that the mask in the photo is called Anastasia).