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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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Costume & Masks / Rental & Boutiques


First and foremost, Have fun!  Period Costumes and Venetian Masquerade are ON! There will be serious competition with some stunning affairs on the night in Venice, so go to town! There is no such thing as over the top, This is Carnavale!....but save your mask shopping for Venice itself. You'll find the most exquisite treasures and quality for the most competitive prices in Venice 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 fabulous 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 2014 Of Horn and Feather Venice Masquerade Ball for ideas and inspiration! 

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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 piece.  Price: masks prices vary between 20-500+ Eur, but you can pick up something fantastic for about 100.

Il Canovaccio - Calle delle Bande, Castello 5369-70 - 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 - Calle del Capeler, San Polo 1578, Venezia 30125 - Tel: +39 041 71 5175 - [email protected]. Produces handmade traditional Venetian papier mache masks. 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 - 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.



Atelier Tiepolo - During the Carnival of Venice 2018 the Atelier will be open inside the
Hotel Danieli at Calle Seconda de la Fava, 4196, 30122 Venezia from Friday, February 2nd to Tuesday, February 13 th, every day from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m.  A fine selection of more than 300 costumes, hats, capes, wigs, masks and other accessories to wear during masquerades, shows, theatre performances, films and other special events. To receive the electronic catalogues, please contact us at [email protected] Tel. +390415242668 - Cell. +393343974233 

Atelier Marega - Fondamenta De L’Osmarin 4976/A, 30125 Venezia, located a few streets beyond Basilica S. Marco just into the Castello district. Shop +39 041 2413248 Historical Costumes for women and men. Atelier Marega rents and sells Historical costumes of different styles. Are you planning your trip for the next Carnival of Venice? Do you want to make a jump in the past? You will live one of the most beautiful and amazing experience of your life. Contact us we will be very glad to help you in your costume selection.

Tragicomica Costumes - Calle dei Nomboli, San Polo 2800 Venezia +39 041 721102 - The Tragicomica workshop has got a wide repertoire of fancy dresses and venetian costumes of the eighteenth century along with all the related accessories.
They are hand - sewn in our workshop paying much attention to the choice of the precious fabrics and particular care is devoted to the faithful reconstruction of all the details of the era concerned.

VivoVenetia - Via Paolo Paruta 26, Venezia, VE 30172. +39.041.4830469, mobile: +39.392.6669252 infoat_grey_16.pngvivovenetia.com Experience the Carnival of Venice as it should be, that is to say by wearing a mask and costume and by playing the role of a traditional Venetian character. Our outfits represent characters dating back as far as the 16th century, and are faithful historical reproductions.

...and leaving the most stunning of all for last:

Atelier Antonia Sautter - San Marco, Piscina di Frezzeria 1652 - 30124 Venezia tel: (+39) 041 2413802 / 5224426  [email protected] Situated in the historical center of Venice, this enchanted dimension is populated by more than 1200 costumes, as well as masks, headpieces, jewels, accessories, feathers, ribbons and wigs. "The Atelier is a mandatory stop for those who want to live Venice as collectors of emotions"...truly stunning and magnificent creations fit for Marie Antoinette herself.


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  [email protected] 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!


House of Siren. Showroom: 1/F, 18 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong  Tel: (852) 2526-2877  [email protected]  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.

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