London, Hong Kong, Venice...Here is a guide to some of the most elaborate costume and masks shops around. More cities to come.....
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Baroque...Renaissance...Masquerade...


First and foremost, Have fun!  There will be competition with some stunning affairs on the night in Venice, so go to town! ....but save your mask shopping for Venice itself. You'll find the most exquisite treasures and quality for the most competitive prices in Europe without a doubt.  and its a great afternoon outing tracking down your perfect disguise....

TIP: You'll need to get a mask to go with that fab costume - you can't normally rent these. Masks are widely available to buy in Venice, are well made, and fairly inexpensive - and are usually far better than the ones back home. If you're short of time, this may be one purchase that you can leave until you arrive in Venice. Oh, and get one with straps, not one that you have to hold up to your face - or else your arm will quickly get sore.


Check out our official photos from the 2005 One Night One Wish Venice Masquerade Ball for ideas and inspiration!

                     

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VENICE:

La Bottega dei Mascareri - San Polo 80 (Rialto), Northern end of the Rialto Bridge amid the tourist booths, San Polo, Venezia. Tel: +39 041 524 2887 / +39 041 522 3857 - The quality-conscious should shop here. The shop is small and quaint, and also serves as their master workshop, it's actually not impossible to find. The shop is tucked among the tourist carts on the northern end of the Rialto Bridge. The masks are hand-made and not cheap, but they're gorgeous and well worth the extra cash if you're really in the market for a quality piecePrice: masks prices vary between 20-500+ Eur, but you can pick up something fantastic for about 100.

Il Canovaccio- Castello 5369-70, Calle delle Bande - Tel: +39 041 521 0393. Undeniably cool, high-quality artisan work can be bought or comissioned here. The Rolling Stone guitarist Ron Wood has shopped here, and the shop provided some of the masks and costumes for Stanley Kubrick's film 'Eyes Wide Shut' - it is alleged. Masks and theatrical objects only - No costumes.

Tragicomica, Calle dei Nomboli, San Polo, 2800, Venezia - Tel: +39 041 72 1102, Gualtiero Dall'Osto is the master mask-maker.  Here you can watch all kinds of masks evolve from mere ideas to actual costumes. Each takes several hours to make and is then decorated with gold leaf, tempera, watercolour or oil.  They carry masks and baroque costumes alike specialising in Comedia dell'Arte, Historical Veneziana and the Fancy. GREAT head gear accessories!

Blue Moon: Dorsoduro 2312, Venezia, 30123 - Tel: +39 041 71 5175. Produces handmade traditional Venetian papier mache masks. Located in the historical and artistic center of Dorsoduro near l'Accademia, they keep the ancient craft of the old 'maschereri' (Venetian mask makers) alive. They produce traditional, modern and blank masks, so that if you wish, you may design your own - this is a pretty good economical way to go if you didn't want to spend too much - plus, you'll have your own unique design.  Papier Mache or Leather masks available.

Mondonovo Maschere: Rio Terrá Canal, Dorsoduro 3063 - Tel: +39 041 28 7344. Owner Guerrino Lovato was commissioned to make nearly 80 masks for the Stanley Kubrick film "Eyes Wide Shut." In addition to choosing from a wonderful selection of masks, you can learn some interesting facts about the rituals and traditions of the mask. For example, during the plague, people stuffed the beak-shaped nose of popular masks with medicinal herbs to avoid sickness.

What about costume hire in Venice?

TIP: You can hire costumes in Venice, but with so many people wanting to do the same thing, you could find your choices limited, the prices expensive, and your outfit similar to other people's. That's not to say that you can't - lots of people do hire costumes in Venice, and if you're looking for something very simple to wear for a couple of hours then it can be a good thing to wait until you're there. However, we've found it much easier to hire costumes at home and bring them with, rather than spending half of our holiday looking for the perfect costumes!

Another TIP: Get a costume and bring it with you!
                        

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LONDON:

Angels Fancy Dress. 119 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H 8AE Tel: 020 7836 5678.  The famous Angels couldn't be easier and its a riot to laugh with the helpful staff trying on follies galore. They rent by the week so you have plenty of time to return your alter ego after the bash.  The world famous Angels is practically a London landmark that supplies the Capital's revellers with an extensive fancy dress range to suit every party theme - from retail items and carnival novelties to exquisite hire costumes.

Angels The Costumier: 1 Garrick Road, London, NW9 6AA. Tel: +44 (0)20 8202 2244  info@angels.uk.com The Mac-Daddy! Angels the Costumiers own the largest collection of costumes and accessories anywhere in the world. Eight miles of hanging costume, all of which are available for productions large and small, from epic to art-house. Rock on up, come with friends! Just hop on the Northern tube lone and alight at Hendon Central, you'll be there in no time.

FancyDress.com is the UK's largest fancy dress website - with next day delivery and over 6000 items, fancydress.com takes the variety and expertise of Angels Fancy Dress worldwide. Order Online for Next Day Delivery! Get shopping!

Fancy Dress Costumes Online only, this is a great resource that is not expensive and they have a huge variety. A particular favourite is the 'bijou boutique Baroque mini! Click to see ... And they've got a 10% sale on now!



HONG KONG:

House of Siren. Showroom: 1/F, 18 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong  Tel: (852) 2526-2877  house_of_siren@siren.com.hk  Everyone knows Greg Derham and loves him dearly because they've been kitted and fitted out with the best with Greg's own personal attention to make your costumes flamboyant, fabulous and fantastic. Shimmy on off the Escalator and into the madness.