Behind the Masque

I’m going on about three hours of sleep in the last two days; like Cinderella I had to create a fancy dress and attend a ball.

Sponsored by MGWA, an association of media professionals dedicated to promoting professional networking in virtual environments,  I finally had an opportunity to create some fun graphic art and dress up.

The networking opportunity was fabulous as the ball was attended by many of the bigger virtual media players.  The most important part tho, was that it was just heaps of fun, something I’ve been missing over the past few months.  Thank you MWGA for an excellent evening/morning… and now, unlike Cinderella I can go put my dress and masque up for sale.

About the costume:

Inspired by my book’s ‘demon assistant’ Alichino, the theme is harlequin pattern with gothic elements.  The fabric is black velvet overlaid with skull patterned lace.  The bustle is red and black spiderweb lace, the bodice has silver filigree patterning and leather criss cross lacing.  The mask is sculpted leather, and subtly marked with a matching black and red diamond pattern. 

The reason why I used a traditional black and red harlequin pattern is to reflect the origins of Alichino.  An old name that appears in Dante’s Inferno but actually predates it, it’s the name of a demon, or devil’s helper and often attributed for inspiring the archetypical character of the Harlequin in old Italian Commedia dell’arte. Also known as Helliquin, the character traits were a black face and supernatural acrobatic skills.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at spaceandtime.net
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