Historically, masquerading was a shared practice among Venetians, regardless of whether they were destitute, bold or shy.
The crowded city conditions of Venice didn’t really allow for much seclusion or solitude; so privacy was rather difficult. Thus, the “mask” became a means for many to escape from the mainstream life they were leading.
As part of my “Meet & Greet” schedule while visiting South Africa, I had the pleasure of dining with some old high school friends at the picturesque Mantovanis (Food Emporium, Eastgate). As overwhelming as it can be meeting people you haven’t seen in over 10 years but who are big fans of your work, it was nonetheless a very successful afternoon spent with driven women, with fine-tuned mindsets and copious amounts of champers.