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Venice: Has anyone hired a person in Carnivale attire for a photo shoot?

Venice: Has anyone hired a person in Carnivale attire for a photo shoot?

Mar 11th, 2015, 12:57 AM
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Venice: Has anyone hired a person in Carnivale attire for a photo shoot?

My title pretty much says it. I will be there in September and wonder if any company does this.
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Mar 11th, 2015, 01:23 AM
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Not, but I would imagine that any of the shops selling carnevale clothing could help you with this.
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Mar 11th, 2015, 02:01 AM
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When we were there in the first week of Carnevale in February you more or less had to fight them off if you even produced a camera, let alone pointed it at them.

not so the stalls selling/hiring out the gear who had big notices up saying "no photos" though I'm not sure how they could enforce that.

I agree that your best bet is one of the costume shops, failing that the tourist board who should be able to put you in touch with the right people.
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Mar 11th, 2015, 07:30 AM
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"My title pretty much says it."

IMO, the title is very vague and begs more questions, like, what kind of "Carnivale" costume are you seeking?

During Carnivale, it may not be necessary to pay someone to model.

In September, you'll find people selling concert tickets (I'm sure someone from this group could be hired) wearing Medieval costumes, but these costumes are just traditional period pieces, the kind used in theatrical productions. They do not represent the high level of creativity typically on display at Carnivale.

Anyone can put on a mask and call it a costume. But once you've experience the real Carnivale, you come to understand what the word "costume" actually means.

The shops in Venice that rent "Carnivale" costumes basically rent generic theater-style costumes, which typically represent some date in history. To me, they always look rented, and are there for tourists who want to "get dressed" but don't possess the serious talent or commitment of the Carnivale "stars." These rented costumes bear no relationship to what the master costume makers create to participate in Carnivale.
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Mar 16th, 2015, 08:28 PM
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I'm giving up on that idea. We have put a deposit down on a local photographer for a 3-hour tour that starts very early in the morning. One of these days I need to get to Venice for the real Carnivale.
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Mar 17th, 2015, 02:57 AM
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Diane - we were there for the first week [not taking part, I was doing a language course] and it was a bit hectic in the parts where you would expect it to be [Piazza San Marco mainly and around the Rialto] and the vaporetti were quite crowded, even late at night, but everyone was friendly and the people in costumes quite happy to pose for pictures.

your tour sounds like a better idea than trying to hire people.

hope you have a good time.
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