Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball 2004

I wanted to wear something very elegant

It was truly a night to remember.

When I first heard about this ball, I expected something that resembled a Halloween party held in a nicer venue. But as I spoke with more and more people who were going to attend, I discovered that this Masquerade was different. An event that opens a portal from reality into fantasy, allowing them to coincide for a night of dancing, revelry and music. Perfect for me.

 

 

 

 

 

In about one and a half months, my dress was complete -along with a pink Pride and Prejudice style frock I had made for my sister- and we made our last minute decision to make our own masks

I have been sewing since I was 13 years old. After taking a glimpse at the photos from last year's event, I knew I wanted to wear something very elegant, like the dresses worn at the Carnivale in Rome, Italy. As for the design, I took inspiration from the movies Van Helsing, Moulin Rouge and The Count of Monte Cristo to make my gown. In about one and a half months, my dress was complete -along with a pink Pride and Prejudice style frock I had made for my sister- and we made our last minute decision to make our own masks. We took basic paper-mache masks from MardiGrasOutlet.com and covered them with jewels, feathers and bits of lace to make them look unique and compliment our gowns. In the end, I spent signifigantly less then most did on thier masks, some pricing themselves in the $300+ range (but all beautiful!).

 

Arriving at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood that Friday night, I was full of excitement and anticipation. Limos were pulling up to the red carpet, as though we were all attending a premier. I hadn't even gone inside yet, and the details and beauty of the costumes took my breath away. As we walked inside, the hallway was full of chattering people dressed to the hilt. Fairies and goblins, elves and sprites, ladies and lords, orcs and wizards and so many others all gathering in one place, dancing, laughing and enjoying the evening. I was taken aback by the amazing amount of work that went into some of the costumes. You could tell most attendees were serious fantasy fans.

Un-masked

The fantastical entertainment provided was of particular intrest to me, since I am a Elven vocalist just beginning my career. I've studied Tokien's Quenya Elvish for about 2 years, and I'm still learning. My goal is to someday perform at RingCon in Germany, the largest Tolkien convention in the world. You can see my lyrics online at: www.geocities.com/rehtaehmusic

Knollwit was one of my favorite performers that evening. She had a soft rock sound with great lyrics that everyone seemed to get into. Desert Sin graced us with thier beautiful and exotic dances from the middle east -one of which included an amazing hoop dancer! Between the acts music was played from various genres for everyone to dance to, which included music from Labyrinth, of course. The rooms and stage were fantastically decorated with pieces created by David Downes of Legend Forge Studios. An amazing artist! Check out his website:
www.legendforge.com

I took inspiration from the movies Van Helsing, Moulin Rouge and The Count of Monte Cristo to make my gown

Cameras were snapping everywhere. I had my photograph taken with several decorated individuals, most of which I had never met before. But the Masquerade has a way of bringing out the friendlier side of people, even in LA. Many of the attendees are planning on going to Comic-Con in San Diego July 21st-24th. Another great venue were fantasy fans gather!

As for me, I went home feeling a bit like Cinderella. How often can we dress up extravigantly in an event where it's appreciated? Thank you to Sypher Studios for putting on this incredible Masquerade. It gives us a place to pretend, for one evening, that fantasy is real.

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~Rehtaeh

 

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