Leather and Lace Masks - Sexy, Gothic, and Classy

Gypsy Renaissance is proud to introduce their newest mask collection, "Leather & Lace."

The idea for the collection was inspired by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley's song, titled Leather and Lace.  With an assortment of lace fabric overlays, lace petals, and leather embossed fabrics, the collection offers sexy, gothic, and classy pieces with a variety of color options. The master feather work that Alexis, head artist is known for is of course included on many of the masks in the collection as well.  

Visit the full collection, now available online at : Leather & Lace Mask Collection

 

 

Rapture

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Contessa

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We hope you enjoy our wearable works of art... it's time to masquerade!

-Alexis Seepo & Jade Popkin  (Mother, and Daughter, working together to individually handcraft each mask, proudly in the USA)

 

Artists Guide to New Orleans & Mardi Gras

As professional mask makers, Alexis and Jade have traveled to New Orleans during Mardi Gras season for the past few years and discovered some inspiring and unforgettable activities, shops, music, and artist must sees! New Orleans is a magical place for discovery, creativity and fun. Here are our favorite memorable artist to do's in the city:


Visit The Presbytère - Louisiana State Museum

When passing through the French Quarter, visit the museum for a two part exhibition. When first entering the museum, starting out on the 1st floor, you'll take a heart wrenching journey through the experience of Hurricane Katrina. With video footage, personal stories, and scientific explanation, you'll be fully immersed in the storm, and gain an insiders perspective. A difficult, but important learning experience to understand the strength of the city, it's people, and culture. 

Head upstairs after, for an uplifting, vibrant exhibit on Mardi Gras! A colorful look at the amazing handmade costumes, parade floats, artifacts, music, and history of the Mardi Gras Krewes. The original work displayed for the weeks long celebration are absolutely inspiring and impressive! From headdresses, to masks, and parade floats, it's a true display of magnificent art created with historical and cultural purpose.   

Explore Maskarade - Mask Shop

Located at 630 St. Ann Street in the French Quarter, this New Orleans shop is unlike any other. After window shopping around, you'll see the overwhelming number of shops with the same purple, green, and gold souvenirs. To change it up, stop in Maskarade. With wall to wall display of artist made masks, you'll get some good laughs transforming into different characters while trying them on. You'll truly appreciate the work and artistry of mask making when you see the variety they have, created by dozens of artists. When purchasing a mask from this shop, you'll have an authentic New Orleans craft to take home, while supporting the artists who created them.

Catch Some Beads at a Mardi Gras Parade

If you are in New Orleans for Mardi Gras season, you can't miss the experience of the parades. If drinking on the streets, and hardcore partying isn't your scene, there are plenty of locations outside of the downtown area to get a more family friendly thrill. Uptown is a great area to catch the parades where you have room to move around and catch your fair share of beads, goodies, and maybe even a special decorated shoe from the Krewe of Muses! There are restaurants in the area to catch a delicious meal, a glass of wine, and a street view while the parades pass by. Don't forget to check the parade routes and schedules. Plan ahead, and jump on public transportation if you can, to avoid parking problems.

Dance to Some New Orleans Live Music

New Orleans is known for its eclectic music scene. Check event listings or ask a local about what music is in town while you are visiting. There are tons of small clubs, and venues throughout the city offering varied music styles. During Mardi Gras season, head over to Family Gras in Metairie, which offers free outdoor concerts with local and national musicians, and great food trucks for local cuisine too! If visiting at the time of New Orleans Jazz Fest, enjoy multiple days of dancing and amazing music, but don't forget to browse the marketplace for an abundance of beautiful arts and crafts! Get inspired at the Congo Square African Marketplace.

 

 

Get inspired, eat, dance, laugh, and explore. Ya'll will have an unforgettable experience in New Orleans!

Be sure to pick up one of Andrea Mistretta's famous posters from her annual Mardi Gras series

Be sure to pick up one of Andrea Mistretta's famous posters from her annual Mardi Gras series

 
Have a delicious Beignet and people watch while sitting at the famous Cafe Du Monde

Have a delicious Beignet and people watch while sitting at the famous Cafe Du Monde

 
Browse the Frenchmen Art Market for a great variety of work

Browse the Frenchmen Art Market for a great variety of work

 
Dress up for the occasion! 

Dress up for the occasion! 

Party Masks for all Occasions

   Gypsy Renaissance now has a new collection of Party Masks! As per request by our masqueraders, we are happy to now offer masks at a price range of $35 to $45.

    They are fantastic for all occasions including Sweet 16, Quinceanera, Mardi Gras, Prom, Wedding events, and much more! With a variety of color options, and styles, these masks are a great option for memorable masquerade parties and fun photographs. 

    All Party Masks come with ribbon ties and are individually hand made by the artists! And of course, you can expect the highest quality work that Gypsy Renaissance is known for. 

         

Check out all the Party Masks here! 

More styles to come, so stay tuned throughout the year!

                  Jamboree Party Mask

                  Jamboree Party Mask

                        Gala Party Mask

                        Gala Party Mask

Pandora Masquerade Mask - New Design

Pandora from the Magic and Myth Mask Collection has a new design.  The new mask is covered with black velvet fabric, and adorned with black iris sequin and glass appliqués. This design is quite similar to our original all jet black design, but with a new touch of color. The companion mask, Mordred also covered in black velvet, still pairs perfectly with the new look of Pandora! 

 

Visit the new Pandora masquerade mask here : Pandora

Tiffany Masquerade Mask now Available in All Gold

The Tiffany masquerade mask from the Simple Pleasures collection is now available in all Gold. We painted the peacock eye feathers gold and the crystal embellishes are all gold as well. This additional color option is beautiful and can be worn with many different costume, and clothing palettes.  

Of course our original design for the mask with the aquamarine, emerald, and lime green crystals with the natural peacock feathers is still available, now known as Gold/Green.

Purchase Tiffany masquerade mask in All Gold or Green/Gold here:  Tiffany Mask

Our friends at Unique Vintage looking great in Gypsy Renaissance Masks

The models of one of favorite retail outlets, Unique Vintage, look absolutely amazing in our masquerade masks.  Unique Vintage sells fabulous vintage inspired clothing and accessories.  You may find flapper headbands by Gypsy Renaissance in their store collection as well as our masquerade masks.  The black fabric dresses they wear really show off the masks.  An elegant, high fashion look.  A great look or costume for a wedding, sweet 16, black tie masquerade ball, quinceaneras, Halloween, and much more.  

Visit www.unqiue-vintage.com to see what else they offer!

Model from Unique Vintage wearing the Midnight masquerade mask found in the Enchanted Evening collection   http://www.gypsyrenaissance.com/mask-collections/enchanted-evening-masks/midnight-mask

Model from Unique Vintage wearing the Midnight masquerade mask found in the Enchanted Evening collection

http://www.gypsyrenaissance.com/mask-collections/enchanted-evening-masks/midnight-mask