Legal: Website Terms & Conditions.

 
Home             .            Chantal Mallett Bridal Gowns             .            Contact
 

 
CROWNS + TIARAS + COMBS + HEAD-DRESSES  .  VENETIAN STYLE MASK

NECK ADORNMENT + WRIST ADORNMENT + EARRINGS  .  FEATHERS + FLOWERS + EVENING BAGS

lord of the rings inspired head-dresses   .  vintage revival / object trouve 


 

A playground for partying, gambling & immoral behaviour.

Introduction           Carnival        Masks        Beauty Spots        Language of the fan

Sign language        Marriage        Casanova       Modern Venice       Links

masks, face masks, venetian inspired masks, masquarade masks, masquarade balls, masquarade parties, alternative masks, masks in the UK, mask makers in the UK, mask maker, delicate wire work masks, delicate gold masks, delicate silver masks, delicate filigree masks, masks on ribbons, masks on a stick, Tiepolo Ball masks, Tiepolo Ballo maschere, carnival masks, maschere carnevale, venetian carnival masks, Carnevale di Venezia maschere, maschereri,

A brief introduction:

For the last 20 years Venice has once again hosted the annual Carnevale Venezia which died out after Napoleon conquered Venice in 1797.

Since the 16th century the Venetian Republic had been loosing power & wealth due to changing trade routes. By the 18th century Venice was in decline & the Carnevale & wearing of masks from October to Lent were great tools keeping the disgruntled populace happy. Andrea di Robelant author of the fabulous book  'A Venetian Affair' observes:

 

Il Ridotto - the State run gambling house was the most popular place to meet & socialise & 18th century Venetians were gambling addicts. Venetians & tourists alike would squander their family fortunes at the gambling tables. Wealthy Venetians were expected,  by the State to turn up & play & many lost their family fortunes to the State's purse.

Interesting excert from this website's Carnival history page:   www.comune.venezia.it/turismo/feste/carnevale/en_storia.asp

 

CARNIVAL:

Carnival would traditionally start on December 26th & go on to Ash Wednesday but masks would be worn as part of everyday attire from October through to Lent. Everyone more masks, The Doge (equivalent of a President), aristocrats, servents, prostitutes & people selling goods in the Rialto market. The Venetian republic was a stifling place to live, small enough so that people knew each others business & gossip & spying were rife, predominantly a Catholic society & a republic with a very strict & inflexible pecking order.

Venice Carnival / Carnivale 2006 is advertised as being on from 17th - 28th February '06

 

MASKS:

 Masks disguised the wearers identity & for almost six months of the year Venetians of all classes could indulge in some good old fashioned escapism. The most popular masks were the Moreta (worn by women) & the Bauta (worn by both men & women).

The Moreta was a mask made of velvet for example which covered the whole face. It was not tied on & was held in place by the wearer clenching a button on the inside of the mask between her teeth. This being the age of Casanova, out of control gambling addictions & excess of all kinds, aristocrats & peasants would mingle & inevitably engage in sexual trysts. The Moreta with it's button held fast between a woman's teeth meant she could not speak & this, apparently, added an exiting aspect to these faceless encounters. Noble women who would go our wearing the Moreta would complete their disguise by dressing as a poor person.

The Bauta consisted of a mask, hooded cape which came down to the shoulders & a traditional tricorn hat - it was not a sexy look & it would have taken the prowess of Casanova to make this look work!:

 

            

 

modern day masks:

Although the Bauta & other 18th century costume looks are still popular at modern day Carnevale, the Comedia del Arte has also spawned some very popular character masks & other carnival goes will choose fantasy themes.

This mask is one I bought on my first visit to Venice &, as you can see, decorative masks are more atttractive & less scary than those of the past (imagine a man dressed like the image above looming out of a dark alley!).  Eighteenth century Venice is a period modern day Venice still celebrates & the period influences all manner of goods on sale to tourists. This mask reflects that period perfectly & you can see from this photograph taken at the Doges Palace what an ornate & inspiring place Venice is:

       

 

 

VENETIAN WOMEN - SECRET LOVE AFFAIRS IN 18TH CENTURY VENICE:

Venetian women liked to dress up for balls & social events & would have their hair dressed in elaborate beehives & adorned with jewels. They would paint their nails, drench themselves in exotic perfumes & wear beauty spots. Beauty spots, like the use of one's fan or the secret sign language between lovers, conveyed a message:

 


BEAUTY SPOTS IN 18TH CENTURY VENICE

 

Information taken from "A Venetian Affair" by Andrea di Robilant.


 

THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF FANS IN THE 18TH CENTURY.

 

Duvelleroy's "Le Language de l'Eventail":

 

In the Eighteenth century upper class ladies & those who aspired to be carried fans everywhere, to the opera & balls, to zoos & prisons. They were used  to keep a lady cool, shield her face from the heat of a fire so she would not look flushed & from the sun to retain her pale complexion. Fans also dispatched insects. A fan would be an expensive item & like Rolex watches & Manolo Blahnik heels, reflected the owners wealth & status. Fans would be an ideal gift to bring back from the Grand Tour for a relative or a gift from a lover & were used so often that a lady would go through several fans a year. A lady would not be seen without a fan & ladies were often depicted posing with their fans in European paintings from this period such as in this illustration by Moreau Le Jeune. Venetian women would have carried fans made of lace from Burano (one of the other islands in the Venetian lagoon)

 

Fans were also used to flirt: 

 

 A lady would drop her fan 'accidentally' in the same way ladies would later drop their handkerchiefs ~ so an attentive young man would retrieve it for her,

 Fans could be used to mask the face, eye holes would sometimes be cut in a fan to create a mask (occasionally a mask would be painted on the front of the fan) or a lady could peak seductively through the fine netting of a lace fan. Some fans came with mirrors mounted on the sticks so a lady could deviously check to see if she was being admired & of course the way in which a lady used her fan could be used to converse silently with a lover or potential suitor. A series of signals were developed in Spain during the 18th century which were later brought together, published & distributed in the 19th century by the fan maker Duvelleroy with the sale of his fans. These signals became known as "The Language of the Fan".............

 

 

 

Romance & Flirting:

  • I love you.      ~      Drawing the fan across the cheek.
  • Do you love me?      ~      Fan pressed shut.
  • Kiss me.      ~      With the handle to the lips.

  • Wait for me.      ~      Fan opened wide.

  • Desirous of acquaintance.      ~      Carrying the fan in the left hand, in front of the face.

  • Follow me.      ~      Carrying the fan in the right hand, in front of the face.

  • We are watched.      ~      Twirling the fan in the left hand.

  • You are too willing.      ~      Carrying the fan in the right hand.

  • I am married.       ~      Fanning slowly.

  • I am engaged.       ~      Fanning quickly.

  • I wish to speak to you.       ~      Touching the tip of the fan with the finger.

  • Come and talk to me.       ~      Carrying the fan in the left hand, open.

  • Donít forget me.       ~      Placing the fan behind the head.

 

Illustration of what a fan/mask might look like.

 

 

Love on the rocks:

  • I wish to get rid of you.       ~      Placing the fan on the left ear.

  • You have changed.       ~      Drawing the fan across the forehead.
  • I hate you.       ~      Drawing the fan through the hand.

  • I love another.       ~      Twirling the fan in the right hand.

  • I am sorry.       ~      Drawing across the eyes.

  • You are cruel.       ~      Opening & shutting the fan.

  • We will be friends.       ~      Dropping the fan.

 

 

In answer to your question.....

 

  • Yes.       ~      Letting the fan rest on the right cheek.
  • No.       ~      Letting the fan rest on the left cheek.

 

One would suppose that in order to carry these movements off with a flourish, a lady would need to

use body language, eye contact & head & facial expressions.

 

After all to convey " You are cruel "  to a lover effectively a woman with a fiery temper would likely flick the fan open & snap it shut,

a dejected woman on the other hand  might do the same movements slowly to convey the hurt her lover had caused her.

 

 


 

SIGN LANGUAGE.

In "A Venetian Affair" which tells the remarkable story of a love affair between Memmo a young man & member of the Venetian elite & Giustiniana, a half-Engish girl of a lower rank who's mother was illegitimate, the author talks of the various sign languages they used. The book is so remarkable because it is based on two sets of love letters discovered at separate times in different places & the research involves a paper trail from all over Europe & even includes entries in Casanova's famous autobiography. Memmo would write that Giustiniana should appear at her window & indicate by touching her hair if they would be going to the Ridotto or nod or shake her head a little to indicate she would be going to the piazza (San Marco).

A Venetian Affair (available at www.amazon.co.uk ) - the book is beautifully written & a fabulous read.

 


 
  

MARRIAGE:

 

Venetian men & women had to marry within their own social stations & clandestine

marriages secretly sanctioned by the church were on the increase though "Any patrician who

attempted a secret marriage put himself in direct conflict with his family & institutions". The

Bauta made it easier for young Venetians to carry out their secret affairs, trusted servants

were used to shuttle messages around the city & rooms in which to secretly meet were

rented from understanding friends or neighbours. Few of these elicit relationships ever ended

in marriage & were more likely to end in a girl's ruin. Giustiniana Wynne (from "A Venetian

affair") found herself in Paris, pregnant & in the process of securing marriage to a wealthy

Parisian. She turned to Casanova for help as a last resort when she was five months

pregnant & terrified of what her family would do when they found out. Casanova had medical

knowledge & would often help women, in this case he took Giustiniana to a woman who gave

her a potion to induce a miscarriage but it did not work & in the end Giustiniana had to slip

away to a Nunnery (later saying she had fled from the pressure of the Paris gossips & the

marriage) to give birth in secret.

 

Nunneries around Venice were full of young women who did not particularly want to be there

but had been sent to live their lives out in these places for financial reasons. Families who

could not afford a dowry for a daughter's marriage could give the dowry to the nunnery but

upon their daughters death the family would get the dowry refunded. This was a cheap was of

disposing of daughters they could not afford. It also means the scandals surrounding

Casanova's relasionships with nuns were not so scandalous. In one case, he had known her

before she was sent away to a nunnery & was simply carrying on the affair.

 

 

CASANOVA:

 

As men go in 18th century Venice, Casanova had a lot going for him. He was tall, charming,

educated & liked women. The son of actors, he briefly studied law in Padua although he

wanted to study medicine (he picked up some medical skills from student friends which

would later come in useful), briefly played the violin, briefly joined the church, etc. He mixed

with high society, attended the theatre, balls & the gambling houses (he liked to gamble) were

he would often pick up his masked conquests. Casanova liked to seduce women &

liked to talk to a woman for hours as part of his seduction technique. He would not take a

woman to bed if she was too drunk & he thought she would regret it or not enjoy it or

the language barrier made it too difficult to communicate. He wanted a woman to enjoy

herself & I'm sure this made him popular all over Europe from nunneries to brothels. He was

also a blaggard & enjoyed years of living the high life, rent free by, for instance, convincing an

old Parisian woman he could use his magic powers to make her young again. He also

liked to socialise with foreigners which was frowned on by the authorities & he was

suspected of being a spy. Eventually this suspicion would lead to him being thrown in prison

(the Leads) from which he famously escaped (the only man to do so) & left Venice under a

cloud. He would later be allowed to return to Venice providing he would agree to become a

spy for the Republic.

 

 

MODERN DAY VENICE :

Is a stunning & inspirational place. If you love beautiful buildings & a city steeped in rich history, it is well worth a visit.

 

Above & below left, Venice experiencing Aqua Alta (high water).

    

Photograph (right) taken from the Bridge of sighs (attached to 'The leads').

 

LINKS:

Venice Carnival 2005.

Venice web cams.

The Fan Museum, Greenwich, London.   Many thanks to Alexandra for providing me with Duvelleroy's 'Language of the Fan'.

 

Wedding gown shown - Elizabeth by Chantal Mallett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

crown,crowns,coronets,coronet,tiara,tiaras,head-dress,head-dresses,comb,floral hair pins,feather head-dress,choker,throat corset,earrings,venetian style masks,masks,facemasks,venetian style mask,mask,face mask,corset cuff,accessories,costume jewellery,Spanish style combs,wedding crown,wedding crowns,wedding coronets,wedding coronet,wedding tiara,wedding tiaras,wedding head-dress,wedding head-dresses,wedding comb,wedding floral hair pins,wedding feather head-dress,wedding choker,wedding throat corset,wedding earrings,wedding venetian style masks,wedding masks,wedding face masks,wedding venetian style mask,wedding mask,wedding face mask,wedding corset cuff,wedding accessories,wedding costume jewellery,bridal crown,bridal crowns,bridal coronets,bridal coronet,bridal tiara,bridal tiaras,bridal head-dress,bridal head-dresses,bridal comb,bridal floral hair pins,bridal feather head-dress,bridal choker,bridal throat corset,bridal earrings,bridal venetian style masks,bridal masks,bridal face masks,bridal venetian style mask,bridal mask,bridal face mask,bridal corset cuff, bridal accessories,bridal costume jewellery,Swarovski crystal crown,Swarovski crystal crowns,Swarovski crystal coronets,Swarovski crystal coronet,Swarovski crystal tiara,Swarovski crystal tiaras,Swarovski crystal head-dress,Swarovski crystal head-dresses,Swarovski crystal comb,Swarovski crystal floral hair pins,Swarovski crystal feather head-dress,Swarovski crystal choker,Swarovski crystal throat corset,Swarovski crystal earrings,Swarovski crystal venetian style masks,Swarovski crystal masks,Swarovski crystal face masks,Swarovski crystal venetian style mask,Swarovski crystal mask,Swarovski crystal face mask,Swarovski crystal corset cuff,Swarovski crystal accessories,Swarovski crystal costume jewellery,crystal crown,crystal crowns,crystal coronets,crystal coronet,crystal tiara,crystal tiaras,crystal head-dress,crystal head-dresses,crystal comb,crystal floral hair pins,crystal feather head-dress,crystal choker,crystal throat corset,crystal earrings,crystal venetian style masks,crystal masks,crystal face masks,crystal venetian style mask,crystal mask,crystal face mask,crystal corset cuff,crystal accessories,crystal costume jewellery,pearl beaded / encrusted crown,pearl beaded / encrusted crowns,pearl beaded / encrusted coronets,pearl beaded / encrusted coronet,pearl beaded / encrusted tiara,pearl beaded / encrusted tiaras,pearl beaded / encrusted head-dress,pearl beaded / encrusted head-dresses,pearl beaded / encrusted comb,pearl beaded / encrusted floral hair pins,pearl beaded / encrusted feather head-dress,pearl beaded / encrusted choker,pearl beaded / encrusted throat corset,pearl beaded / encrusted earrings,pearl beaded / encrusted venetian style masks,pearl beaded / encrusted masks,pearl beaded / encrusted face masks,pearl beaded / encrusted venetian style mask,pearl beaded / encrusted mask,pearl beaded / encrusted face mask,pearl beaded / encrusted corset cuff,pearl beaded / encrusted accessories,pearl beaded / encrusted costume jewellery,gold crown,gold crowns,gold coronets,gold coronet,gold tiara,gold tiaras,gold head-dress,gold head-dresses,gold comb,gold floral hair pins,gold feather head-dress,gold choker,gold throat corset,gold earrings,gold venetian style masks,gold masks,gold face masks,gold venetian style mask,gold mask,gold face mask,gold corset cuff,gold accessories,gold costume jewellery,silver crown,silver crowns,silver coronets,silver coronet,silver tiara,silver tiaras,silver head-dress,silver head-dresses,silver comb,silver floral hair pins,silver feather head-dress,silver choker,silver throat corset,silver earrings,silver venetian style masks,silver masks,silver face masks,silver venetian style mask,silver mask,silver face mask,silver corset cuff,silver accessories,silvercostume jewellery,coloured crown,coloured crowns,coloured coronets,coloured coronet,coloured tiara,coloured tiaras,coloured head-dress,coloured head-dresses,coloured comb,coloured floral hair pins,coloured feather head-dress,coloured choker,coloured throat corset,coloured earrings,coloured venetian style masks,coloured masks,coloured face masks,coloured venetian style mask,coloured mask,coloured face mask,coloured corset cuff,coloured accessories,colouredcostume jewellery,fairy crown,fairy crowns,fairy coronets,fairy coronet,fairy tiara,fairy tiaras,fairy venetian style masks,fairy masks,fairy face masks,fairy venetian style mask,fairy mask,fairy face mask,fairytale crown,fairytale crowns,fairytale coronets,fairytale coronet,fairytale tiara,fairytale tiaras,fairytale head-dress,fairytale head-dresses,fairytale comb,fairytale floral hair pins,fairytale feather head-dress,fairytale choker,fairytale throat corset,fairytale earrings,fairytale venetian style masks,fairytale masks,fairytale face masks,fairytale venetian style mask,fairytale mask,fairytale face mask,medieval crown,medieval crowns,medieval coronets,medieval coronet,medieval head-dress,medieval head-dresses,medieval accessories,medieval costume jewellery,regal crown,regal crowns,regal coronets,regal coronet,regal tiara,regal tiaras,regal head-dress,regal head-dresses,princess crown,princess crowns,princess coronets,princess coronet,princess tiara,princess tiaras,princess head-dress,princess head-dresses,unique style crown,unique style crowns,unique style coronets,unique style coronet,unique style tiara,unique style tiaras,unique style head-dress,unique style head-dresses,unique style comb,unique style floral hair pins,unique style feather head-dress,unique style choker,unique style throat corset,unique style earrings,unique style venetian style masks,unique style masks,unique style face masks,unique style venetian style mask,unique style mask,unique style face mask,unique style accessories,unique style costume jewellery,hand made crown,hand made crowns,hand made coronets,hand made coronet,hand made tiara,hand made tiaras,hand made head-dress,hand made head-dresses,hand made comb,hand made floral hair pins,hand made feather head-dress,hand made choker,hand made throat corset,hand made earrings,hand made venetian style masks,hand made masks,hand made face masks,hand made venetian style mask,hand made mask,hand made face mask,hand made accessories,hand made costume jewellery,hand beaded crown,hand beaded crowns,hand beaded coronets,hand beaded coronet,hand beaded tiarahand beaded tiaras,hand beaded head-dress,hand beaded head-dresses,hand beaded comb,hand beaded floral hair pins,hand beaded feather head-dress,hand beaded choker,hand beaded throat corset,hand beaded earrings,hand beaded venetian style masks,hand beaded masks,hand beaded face masks,hand beaded venetian style mask,hand beaded mask,hand beaded face mask,hand beaded accessories,hand beaded costume jewellery,bespoke crown,bespoke crowns,bespoke coronets,bespoke coronet,bespoke tiara,bespoke tiaras,bespoke head-dress,bespoke head-dresses,bespoke comb,bespoke floral hair pins,bespoke feather head-dress,bespoke choker,bespoke throat corset,bespoke earrings,bespoke venetian style masks,bespoke masks,bespoke face masks,bespoke venetian style mask,bespoke mask,bespoke face mask,bespoke accessories,bespoke costume jewellery,designer crown,designer crowns,designer coronets,designer coronet,designer tiara,designer tiaras,designer head-dress,designer head-dresses,designer comb,designer floral hair pins,designer feather head-dress,designer choker,designer throat corset,designer earrings,designer venetian style masks,designer masks,designer face masks,designer venetian style mask,designer mask,designer face mask,designer accessories,designer costume jewellery,Chantal Mallett crown,Chantal Mallett crowns,Chantal Mallett coronets,Chantal Mallett coronet,Chantal Mallett tiara,Chantal Mallett tiaras,Chantal Mallett head-dress,Chantal Mallett head-dresses,Chantal Mallett comb,Chantal Mallett floral hair pins,Chantal Mallett feather head-dress,Chantal Mallett choker,Chantal Mallett throat corset,Chantal Mallett earrings,Chantal Mallett venetian style masks,Chantal Mallett masks,Chantal Mallett face masks,Chantal Mallett venetian style mask,Chantal Mallett mask,Chantal Mallett face mask,Chantal Mallett designer accessories,Chantal Mallett designer costume jewellery,exclusive crown,exclusive crowns,exclusive coronets,exclusive coronet,exclusive tiara,exclusive tiaras,exclusive head-dress,exclusive head-dresses,exclusive comb,exclusive floral hair pins,exclusive feather head-dress,exclusive choker,exclusive throat corset,exclusive earrings,exclusive venetian style masks,exclusive masks,exclusive face masks,exclusive venetian style mask,exclusive mask,exclusive face mask,exclusive designer accessories,exclusive designer costume jewellery,one off crown,one off crowns,one off coronets,one off coronet,one off tiara,one off tiaras,one off head-dress,0ne off head-dresses,one off comb,one off floral hair pins,one off feather head-dress,one off choker,one off throat corset,one off earrings,one off venetian style masks,one off masks,one off face masks,one off venetian style mask,one off mask,one off face mask,one off accessories,one off costume jewellery,crown designed to order,crowns designed to order,coronets designed to order,,coronet designed to order,tiara designed to order,tiaras designed to order,,head-dress designed to order,,head-dresses designed to order,comb designed to order,floral hair pins designed to order,feather head-dress designed to order,choker designed to order,,throat corset designed to order,earrings designed to order,,venetian style masks designed to order,masks designed to order,face masks designed to order,venetian style mask designed to order,mask designed to order,face mask designed to order,corset cuff designed to order,accessories designed to order,costume jewellery designed to order