1. Inexpensive, mass-produced masquerade costumes were available for mail order in the 1930s. This selection of costumes is from the Fall 1933 Sears catalog.

    Inexpensive, mass-produced masquerade costumes were available for mail order in the 1930s. This selection of costumes is from the Fall 1933 Sears catalog.

  2. An exotic and modern fancy dress costume from La Guirlande, 1921.

    An exotic and modern fancy dress costume from La Guirlande, 1921.

  3. Opulent Jeanne Lanvin fancy dress costumes for an 18th century Venetian themed ball. From  La Gazette du Bon Ton, 1921.

    Opulent Jeanne Lanvin fancy dress costumes for an 18th century Venetian themed ball. From La Gazette du Bon Ton, 1921.

  4. Several suggested fancy dress costumes with descriptions from a 1921 fashion magazine.

    Several suggested fancy dress costumes with descriptions from a 1921 fashion magazine.

  5. A gorgeous game themed masquerade dress from the early 1920s that was auctioned off on ebay a few years ago.

    A gorgeous game themed masquerade dress from the early 1920s that was auctioned off on ebay a few years ago.

  6. A flirty female harlequin masquerade costume from Le Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1914.

    A flirty female harlequin masquerade costume from Le Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1914.

  7. An 18th century themed masquerade costume based on the opera Manon, from Le Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1914.

    An 18th century themed masquerade costume based on the opera Manon, from Le Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1914.

  8. A modern Edwardian take on Venetian fancy dress incorporating the recently introduced hobble skirt. From Le Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1913.

    A modern Edwardian take on Venetian fancy dress incorporating the recently introduced hobble skirt. From Le Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1913.

  9. A print entitled Fish Out of Water: or, Leaving the fancy dress ball, based on a painting by Paul Rene Reinicke, 1893.

    A print entitled Fish Out of Water: or, Leaving the fancy dress ball, based on a painting by Paul Rene Reinicke, 1893.

  10. Woman in Masquerade Costume painted by Frederick H. Kaemmerer circa 1892.

    Woman in Masquerade Costume painted by Frederick H. Kaemmerer circa 1892.