Around this time of Carnival, we always see an increase in the amount of masquerade eye masks that we sell. Props & Frocks has one of the largest product ranges available for these brilliant masks, & we keep good stocks all year round.
Hosting a masked ball, is not only very elegant, but in these cash strapped times, you may be surprised how reasonable these eyemasks actually are. Maybe that is why we have seen an increase in their popularity? We stock some lovely feathered masks, & a great range for the men, from very simple plain masks, right up to an elaborate Venetian harlequin to suit all budgets. You can also decide whether you want an eyemask on a stick, or have them secured with elastic, or a headband. If you read the mask’s description it will advise which method each mask uses, there are pro’s and con’s to each, and it is really down to your personal preference.
We started off this week talking about circus and this time next week, February 26th, another circus comes to town (or rather to Los Angeles) with the 84th Oscar ceremony. As with the BAFTAs last week the media interest will of course be focusing on what the celebs are wearing, with a side order of who won what and which film won the most. Whether this year’s Oscars ceremony will be slightly overshadowed by the fact it is being held once again at the Kodak Theatre (Kodak of course having filed for bankruptcy earlier in the year, but been given a 18 month reprieve to undergo transformation, and in the latest news, it seems they may be trying to get out of this to save some money) remains to be seen.
Here at Props & Frocks we deal with transformation every day of the week (including Sundays) and we take an interest in what’s going on in the world of film, TV and other aspects of the leisure industry, as you never know what ‘look’ is going to catch on, and what will be the next ‘big thing’. The interesting challenge for us is that we always have to expect the unexpected. A week or so ago, we mentioned the increase in the number of animation films over recent years and the costumes available. With both Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda amongst the Best Animated Feature nominations for the 2012 Oscars, we think variations on these animals could be one of the big things for 2012.
Why not have a masquerade party?
A few days ago we talked about Venice and yesterday our topic was Angelina Jolie. Her recent film ‘The Tourist’, set in Venice, reminds us that the Venice Biennial, one of the world’s great art festivals, starts this weekend. Needless to say, as space is at a bit of a premium in this unique location (something to do with all those water-logged streets), the exhibition and its pavilions stretches out into every available green space and building in the city, and the serious festival goer needs a good few days to ‘do’ the event properly. Venice is, of course famous for its own unique style of celebrating costuming, especially using masks, so our theme for the weekend is ‘Art For Arts Sake: Behind the Mask’.
Props n Frocks has a huge range of Masquerade masks suitable for men and women. Our prices start from under £1.00 so there really is a mask suitable for everyone. We have found recently that people have been purchasing plain masks and then decorating them themselves. This way you can be assured that your mask is 100% unique. Although this is fabulous, if you are creative, you don’t need to worry too much as Props n Frocks has over 120 different masks to choose from.
Masquerade masks, originated in Venice, as we mentioned previously, but masked balls are gaining in popularity in the UK. Please Note: The flash can make the feathers that decorate some of the masks look a different colour. If the colour has to be accurate, please contact a member of our customer care team who can explain what the colour is like under a normal light.
The eye mask shown on the right is secured with a headband. This means that the mask can be moved up and out of the way if you want to drink or eat. You can also get eyemasks that are secured with elastic, for a flexible fit, or those that are secured to a stick that you hold up to your face. Take a look at each mask’s individual description as this will advise you how the mask is secured.
May is a popular time to have a Masquerade Ball. Props n Frocks stocks one of the largest Venetian style eyemasks on the internet, we have huge stocks & can get your beautiful masks delivered to you the next working day.
We have a great range of mens masks from plain masks right up to elaborate Highwayman style masks. Mens eye masks tend to be secured either with elastic, or the more elaborate are fixed on a headband. Both ways are flexible and comfortable fits.
Our range of ladies masquerade masks is massive. We have some beautiful feather eyemasks in a wide range of colours. Ladies also have the option of having a mask on a stick. These masks give a very elegant look and do not interfere with your hairstyle in any way whatsoever. The other masks are secured either by elastic, or on a headband. Masks that are secured on a headband are very popular, as you are able to move the mask up to the top of your head if you need to move the mask out of the way to eat or drink.
A lot of our masks for masked balls have feathers as a form of decoration. The colour of the feathers does change under a flash light, so if you need a particular colour, we would recommend that you contact us before you place your order. It is also worth considering that feathers are a natural product and we cannot guarantee the shape of every feather as each one is unique.
In 1718, on May 7th the city of New Orleans was founded by the French. Back then it was a bit of a swamp and much of the city was (and still is) below sea level, which was why Hurricane Katrina was so disastrous. After starting French, it became Spanish owned for a while, then reverted back to French rule and was eventually sold to the United States by Napoleon in 1803. The influence of its multicultural origins remain in its native Creole cuisine, its architecture and the fact that it’s distinctive ‘Dixieland’ music is so-called because of the old French currency. Aside from jazz, New Orleans is probably best known as a centre of Mardi Gras celebration. As our weather isn’t great when the festival actually occurs (February/March), now might be the weekend to ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ with a Mardi-gras style masquerade.