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What’s Behind Fashion’s Current Fascination With Masks?


Salma Hayek, François-Henri Pinault, and the 200 guests at their Venice wedding party last weekend paid tribute to the Venetian tradition of Carnival with elaborate feathered face coverings—or were they trying to go incognito? Either way, designers beat them to the punch on the Fall runways. We saw R-rated blindfolds at Jean Paul Gaultier and lingerie disguises at Richard Nicoll. Much more tame were the animal masks that Erin Fetherston used in her finale, inspired as they were by the 1970 Catherine Deneuve fairy tale Peau d’âne. “There is nothing I like more than a girl in a mask and a party dress,” Fetherston told us. What about you?



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  1. rockinfashion101 says:

    i think that the masks are awesome…. it gives you alittle mystery….

  2. artdeco5 says:

    Wearing masks are great! For the proper occassion, of course. It lends a little mystery. In the tradition from Venice, it let you be someone else for awhile. I love the masks.

  3. Debianne says:

    I have just used Italian masquerade masks for my A/W09-10 collection in Dubai! Well blow me down with a feather Im on trend!! By Debi Simcox

  4. tanihose says:

    That’s not necessarily a good thing Debianne…

  5. pechka says:

    Masks, yes, can be lovely accessories, but to see one FAR more elegant than any of these here, go to and search “masks, lace” to see something really amazing and beautiful—with how-to instructions, no less.

  6. pechka says:

    Actually, at, look under “tatted mask”.

  7. Debianne says:

    and why not tanihose?!

  8. Geniusmetalworker says:

    I happen to have made a mask this would be perfect for a naughty little girl to don this coming Fall.

  9. SpectacularS says:

    Masks are great! It creates a sense of mystery. I for one love them!

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