Doll News Winter 2015 - (Page 148)

MASQUERADE The History of Costume Balls and Fancy Dress by AnneLise Wilhelmsen F or as long as masks have existed, intrigue has been linked to their use. How could it be otherwise, when nearly anything imaginable can be hidden by them? Plain women can be beautiful, vagabonds can be kings, and at the end of an evening who really knows what has happened between whom under the cover of darkness? The stories are endlessly captivating! King Gustav of Sweden was assassinated at a masquerade ball in 1792, as part of a coup attempt. And Marie Antoinette was famous for fleeing the confines of Versailles to attend the costumed balls of the Paris Opera House, where she and her ladies in waiting could frolic freely. Masquerade attire has even been used to communicate not-so-subtle messages to enemies, 148 WINTER 2015 as in the case of Countess Castiglione of Italy, the mistress of Napoleon III. Her appearance with him at an 1857 ball created an enormous scandal. Of course she was above caring about the opinions of all but one, the Empress Eugenie, whose fury was exactly what the countess was hoping for when she arrived dressed as the Queen of Hearts. The earliest use of costumes for entertainment was likely during medieval times, as part of royal court life. But by the Renaissance masquerade balls had become more democratic affairs, particularly in Venice. During the weeks between Twelfth Night and the beginning of Lent, normally strict social constraints were bypassed as costumed revelers filled the streets, allowing the classes to mix and mingle freely behind

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Winter 2015

From the Editor
UFDC Offi cers and Regional Directors
President’s Message
UFDC Conference Calendar
A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Members
A Dream Come True, UFDC’s 66th Annual Convention Information and the 2015 UFDC National Convention Registration Card
2015 UFDC National Competitive Exhibit Early Information
Fundraising Committee Report
Marianna’s Gift: The Hands that Heal
Marianna Original Paper Doll
Wonderful Japanese Kokeshi Dolls
Alien (Heads) or The Invasion of the (Peg Wooden) Body Snatchers
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Family Dolls
Louisa May Alcott, Madame Alexander and the Little Women Dolls
Hepzibah’s Milkmaids – The Dolls of The House of the Seven Gables
A Child A Doll A Portrait
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC Special Exhibit The Wild West
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC Special Exhibit Dianna Effner
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC Antique Competitive Exhibit Part 1
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC Modern Competitive Exhibit Part 1
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC In Appreciation
The Art of Technology
Painted Perfection – The Story of Susan Fosnot
Masquerade - The History of Costume Balls and Fancy Dress
Go Ahead, Make a Scene! Creative Collecting, Part 1
Club Notes
Reviewing Resources
UFDC Awards of Excellence Nomination Information and Form
Doll-ers & Sense
In Our Memories
News & Notes
Member-At-Large Form

Doll News Winter 2015