"A couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for color, a musician for harmony, and a philosopher for temperance." ~ Cristobal Balenciaga

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Masquerade! Paper faces on parade...

Around this time of year, I always get the January blues - too many short, dark days and too much winter, cold, and snow (I wonder if people who live in warmer climates have this issue?).  I am a film lover and often escape with a good movie year-round, but during the dead of winter, this pastime almost becomes a necessary obsession.  I am also a lover of themes and like to watch "seasonal" movies (crazy, I know).  This includes films I deem "wintery" or those which are the complete opposite of winter, as a virtual vacation.  For some reason, I always have the urge to watch The Phantom of the Opera around this time of year...you have to be in the mood for that one and around about now it just feels right ;)

Anyway, this got me to thinking about masquerades in general and how that theme was often used in literature (think Shakespeare) as well as films and fashion.  I love the idea behind masquerades and masks - the ability to conceal one's identity and become someone or something else for a short time.  I also love the glamour and mystery associated with masquerades.  Wouldn't it be fun to have a masquerade party?!

Besides The Phantom of the Opera there are some other great masked moments in film:

Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette

The masked Audrey Hepburn deserves an entire blog post to herself:

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn in How to Steal a Million

And now for some gorgeous masks in fashion:

Vogue Latin America, Nov. 2010

Vogue Italia, Sept. 2009, Valentino

Vogue Italia, Jan. 2011

W Magazine, Mar. 2007

US Vogue, Apr. 2005, Annie Leibovitz, Drew Barrymore, Beauty and the Beast



  1. ahhhh-mazing! How fun to hunt down all these gorgeous photos! Love the masquerade theme, doll!

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    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

  2. I freaking LOVE this post!! Masks can be so glamorous and beautiful. Sigh. I especially adore that first Audrey mask. I wish I had the same one. :)

    PS. Following your lovely blog now. xo

  3. if you can made me a mask like this :)
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  5. i love masks! great post! :)


  6. This post Corinne is awesome! I especially love the VOGUE pictures of fashionable masks.

    Jacob from Fashion Ranger

  7. we need more reasons to wear cute masks :-)



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