First originating during the 15th century Renaissance, Masquerade Balls were elaborate dances held for members of the upper classes. These costumed public events were particularly popular in Venice and have been associated with the tradition of the Venetian Carnival. Masquerade balls became popular throughout mainland Europe (and parts of then Colonial America) in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The popularity, however, did not go unchallenged. According to one source, a significant anti-masquerade movement grew alongside the balls themselves. The anti-masquerade writers said the events encouraged immorality (how exciting!), and although the writers had some influence, any enforcement measures designed to end masquerades were unsuccessful. For a while masquerade balls faded away, but in the late 1990’s there was a resurgence
Masquerade parties are happening this year but word on the street is that 2011 will be the year that shines with mystery, intrigue and of course…masks! Masquerade balls will be back in a huge way and we can’t wait! 2011 is just around the corner, so we’ll be posting a blog soon that looks at masquerade style through the ages..AND how to plan an absolutely boolicious masquerade ball. Keep checking back! The post will be up soon… Remember, life’s more fun in costume!
Movember is here! Are you a Mo Bro? The annual November month long moustache growing event, known as Movember, is on the rise in Vancouver! The Movember Foundation and their campaigns raise awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer. A trend adopted from Australia, men known as “Mo Bros” would grow a moustache from November 1st – 31st to act as a walking billboard, bringing awareness while also ‘changing the face of men’s health’. This campaign has also bloomed with supporters from the NHL with over 150 hockey players across 14 teams, both Canadian and US, who show their spirit by growing a moustache. So, if you want to support Movember without having the moustache, or if you’re
While most were running around getting last minute costumes and accessories, a lucky few were sipping martinis in a secret back room at Boo La La (previously Carol’s Costume Corner in North Van). What normally housed vintage costumes, extravagant false lashes, and a couple oversized gorilla suits, was magically transformed into a ‘green room’ for Boo La La’s special guests – the winners of the ‘Halloween Martini Makeover‘. The winner, and her chosen guest, won the opportunity to see Boo La La ‘behind the scenes’, while getting dressed from head to toe by the costume industry’s best, Laurie Sluchinski (Owner of Boo La La). To enter, customers simply had to fill out a ballot at either the limited time pop-up