Saturday, September 11, 2010

Victorian Masquerades

My heroine, Julianna Kent, is attending a masquerade ball in The English Marquesa. While researching, I found this interesting tidbit:

"Even the use of masks for masquerade ball follows a certain social protocol especially when it comes to formal parties or corporate parties. The color, the make and the quality say something about the person wearing it.

White masks for masquerade ball are better used by women while the darker colored Venetian masquerade is better for men. This practice was developed in the Victorian era, back when everything you wear, do or say represents something about your gender or social standing.

Anything that glimmer is really better reserved for women. Masks for masquerade ball with complicated designs, in fact, ought to be reserved for women. Adult male ought to keep it bare and direct. Adult female are broadly expected to be empirical and bold. That is not the same case for adult male. Adult female could also hold their mask using a stick as men ought to keep with the half face mask."

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Needless to say, Julianna shall wear a white mask. She wouldn't want to break protocol or go against proper etiquette...or would she?


Cornelia Amiri said...

That's so interesting. Masquerade balls are so sexy and romantic and the book sounds yummy.

Anonymous said...

Oye, Maggie Paloma, que tiene esa Julianna que no quieres que la vea nadie?

Maggie Dove said...

Thanks, Cornelia, for stopping by and, yes, masquerade balls are really sexy and fun to write! I'm having a blast!

And Anonymous, thanks for the Spanish! The English Marguesa will start off in England, but the rest of the book will take place in Spain. I must polish my Spanish as we speak!



Cate Masters said...

I agree with Cornelia, Maggie - The English Marquesa sounds wonderful. Hm, I'm thinking your heroine might like to shake it up with a little color in her mask. ;)

Diane Scott Lewis said...

I love learning about the past, especially the Georgian, and like yours, Maggie, the Victorian eras.
Every tidbit is fascinating. Your book sounds quite interesting.

Margaret West said...

It is a good job they didn't wear much make up. Can you imagine the mess after a swift dance, a few drinks and a mask clinging to your face, would do!!! lol

Keena Kincaid said...

Interesting post. I didn't have a clue there was a protocol about what mask you wore. I just assumed it had to match your gown.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting, Maggie. I love learning new things and with Halloween coming up, this post gives me some ideas. :)


Unknown said...

I also assumed the mask had to match the dress. At one time I used to needle punch with yarn. I punched many a mask of this kind on canvas and trimmed the beads, glitter, etc. Hmm. I wish I had known about the protocol then.
Thanks for the information. Nice post.

Sophia Knightly said...


The English Marquesa sounds intriguing. I love that it's set in Spain! Thanks for sharing the interesting tidbit on masks and social protocal.

Sophia Knightly

Maggi Andersen said...

How fascinating Maggie. I never realized there was so much to it.