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Masquerade Dress

Cynthia Cooper

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada 2010

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Masquerade rituals and entertainments popular in North America were initially derived from European tradition and fashionable practices. Mummering and Mardi Gras, both forms of masked celebration that had roots in the Middle Ages in Europe, took on their own unique character in the specific regions of Canada and the United States where they persisted. When the European vogue for public masquerade declined at the beginning of the nineteenth century in favor of private fancy dress balls and parties

Dress for Avocational and Historic-Site Reenacting

Mitchell D. Strauss

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada 2010

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In both Canada and the United States, human history is of interest and fascination to many people, and for some, inhabiting a historical period by virtual time travel to the past is a form of entertainment, hobby, or in some cases, when employed by a museum, a vocation. Those individuals who re-create a historical event or period as a hobby are referred to as reenactors, while those who are financially remunerated are commonly referred to as historical interpreters (similar to a reenactor, but th

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