What's behind the feathered mask?

(left to right) Oscar de la Renta, Chicwish, Givenchy

This past week, my English class read The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe, a story of abhorrence and retaliation.  The tale follows Montresor in his pursuit of revenge against Fortunado who he believes insulted him. Montresor takes his victim to the underground catacombs, intoxicates him, and eventually buries him alive. Ironically, this is all taking place  in Venice, Italy during Carnival, a time of celebration before Lent.  The people of Venice at this time use the celebration to dress in their most extravagant attire.  Most of the outfits they wear exemplify royalty and exhibit dresses with three dimensional textures and masquerade masks with blank expressions.  Also, notable are the materials the participants wear that  possess a shiny, velvety quality.  These textures and materials could absolutely be brought to formal events, with modern lavish dresses and smaller, lacy masks.

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