Venice Carnival – The most beautiful mask competition

Dressing up is all part of the enjoyment of Venice carnival. But for some it’s more than just about being seen and photographed, it’s a creative challenge to produce THE most beautiful mask or costume.

You can throw a costume together from the everyday things in your wardrobe......!

You can throw a costume together from the everyday things in your wardrobe……!

This year competition was fierce with 2 ultimate awards on offer – one for the most beautiful mask on the carnival theme of food and one for the most beautiful overall mask.

Daily heats, open to anyone and everyone, took place in the Grand Theatre, St Mark’s Square. The public voted, sending their two favourites (one from the morning heat, one from the afternoon) through to the semi-finals at the end of the week and then the carnival judges took over.

The public vote - green or red for the best costume at Venice carnival.......red wins!

The public vote – green or red for the best costume at Venice carnival…….red wins!

The panel of designers, the carnival director and creative designer plus a Venetian atelier, studied the semi-finalists with a professional eye, looking for originality, creative skill and that ultimate X factor. One judge explained that she was looking to have her mind blown by the competitors’ creations and I don’t think she was disappointed.

The Best Mask Competition jury vote in the final - 5 Yes votes!

The Best Mask Competition jury vote in the final – 5 Yes votes!

In fact, the standard of some entries was frankly staggering. Weeks and weeks of work must have gone into many of them. And ultimately even the judges were stumped deciding to inaugurate a third prize for originality at the last minute during the actual final as they couldn’t decide the ultimate winner between two!

Details, details!

Details, details!

So, do you agree with their choices? I’ve picked out some of the favourites from the day along with the eventual winners so you can see how difficult the judges’ job was. Leave me a comment below and let me know which ones you would have chosen!

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And the winners are……

All the winners with the judging panel (Photo credit : Venice Carnival)

All the winners with the judging panel (Photo credit : Venice Carnival)

The Most Beautiful Mask 2015 (La Maschera più bella) was awarded to “Le Stelle dell’Amore: Marte Venere e Cupido” (The stars of love : Mars, Venus and Cupid) by Patris Angel Horstraak e Jochen Schlüter di Bielfeld from Germany, who also won in 2014.

The most beautiful masks

The most beautiful mask winners 2015 (Photo credit : Venice Carnival)

The Most Beautiful Mask on the theme of Food (La Maschera più a tema) was awarded to “La Cucina Veneziana” (The Venetian Kitchen) by Monica Tognato and Leopoldo Lazzarin from Vicenza.

The most beautiful mask on the theme of food (Photo credit : Venice Carnival)

The most beautiful mask on the theme of food (Photo credit : Venice Carnival)

And the new award for the Most Original Mask (La Maschera più originale) was awarded to “Monsieur Sofà and Mademoiselle Coco” (Mister Sofa and Miss Coco), a homage to Coco Chanel, by Lorenzo Marconi da Senigallia, whose sister won 2 years ago.

The most original mask 2015 (Photo credit : Venice Carnival)

The most original mask 2015 (Photo credit : Venice Carnival)

 

Useful information

Carnevale 2015 in Venice runs from Saturday 31st January to Tuesday 17th February 2015. (Dates will differ from year to year depending on when Lent and Easter fall so check calendars before you plan travel.)

The official website is: http://www.carnevale.venezia.it/en/events-list/

!!!Carnevale 2016 in Venice runs from Saturday 23rd January to 9th February 2016!!!

Venice Carnival 2015: Program of the main events

Saturday 31st January – 6pm Opening of the Carnival with the first showing of “The Magic Banquet – A Gourmet’s fairytale in Venice” water show along the Rio of Cannaregio with an encore at 8pm

Sunday 1st February – 11am Boat procession along the Grand Canal from Punta della Dogana to the Rio di Cannaregio. Organised by the Associazioni Remiere di Voga alla Veneta in partnership with Associazione Esercenti Pubblici Esercizi (AEPE) and Coordinamento Associazioni Remiere di Voga alla Veneta.

Sunday 1st February – Piano concert at Punta della Dogana. This guys often performs outside from concert halls in the street for free. For this concert, though, his piano is suspended above water!

Saturday 7th February  – Carnival Parade of Marie, inauguration of the Gran Theatre of St Mark’s Square, inauguration of the parties at the Arsenale

Sunday  8th February – Flight of the Angel

Sunday 15th February – Flight of the Eaglefinal of the Best Mask 2015 competition

Tuesday 17th February – Flight of the Lion, proclamation of the Mary of Carnival 2015.

In addition, the carnival program includes the “Most beautiful mask competition” and touring shows in St Mark’s Square during the day plus a range of musical events at the Arsenale every night from Saturday 7th to Tuesday 17th February.

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9 Responses to Venice Carnival – The most beautiful mask competition

  1. Such vivid and beautiful photos! I feel as if I’m there! Thanks for sharing all these pics and the mask competition with us…I especially like the first pic with the horns and wings…very daring!

    • lizbert1 says:

      Thanks Lia and yes the winged man was definitely my favourite – for its originality and creativity, obviously!!!!! Wish I had wings too sometimes – it would make getting around town sooooo much easier – what do you think?!!

  2. Lyn says:

    What a fabulous experience. I have loved these stories about Venezia carnivale. The masks are much much much more than just masks. Such a lot of work. They all deserve to win. Bellissimo

    • lizbert1 says:

      I totally agree Lyn! So many beautiful creations didn’t even make it to the semi-finals despite the work that had clearly gone into them. Sadly my favourites didn’t win, not because they weren’t good enough because even the judges commented on their high standard, but purely because they weren’t deemed to meet the theme for the year. There’s always next year I guess….!!! Thanks for joining our carnival!!

  3. Pecora Nera says:

    Gone to vote. Good luck

  4. Ishita says:

    I am trawling through your posts Lizzy and loving them 🙂 Thank you for this experience!

    • OOOooooh, thanks for reading Ishita, I’m glad that you’re enjoying them!! So are very specific to an occasion or event but others, hopefully, stand the test of time and are still interesting! I always like to see where people have been so tend to check out their archive too! Thanks, as always for your lovely support and keep up your fab posting too! :o)

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