Masquerade! Paper faces on parade //
Masquerade! Hide your face so the world will never find you…
Alright, it isn’t really an extravagant bal masqué in the style of Vogue or Phantom of the Opera, but tonight the theme for the monthly MIX event at the Cleveland Museum of Art is “Underneath.” In the spirit of Halloween, masks and costumes are encouraged.
I’ve always been fascinated by the decadence of masquerade balls. My first glimpse of the ball was during Act II of Phantom of the Opera. Masks played a role once or twice in the Gossip Girl series. Most recently, the ladies of Pretty Little Liars donned masks in the Halloween special.
I find even a simple mask or sheet of lace to be elegant. But Venetian masks are unparalleled. I haven’t been to Venice (yet), and therefore haven’t had the chance to lay my hands on one of the beautiful masks.
Fortunately, long ago I acquired a silver cat mask–probably right around when the production of Cats traveled through Cleveland. I actually bought the mask in the gift shop at Playhouse Square, though I know I didn’t see the musical in person.
I plan to pair my little feline gem with a black sheath dress with silver beading. And even though my outfit options are limited, I still enjoyed scouring the web and Pinterest to find masquerade inspiration.