Costumes were the focal point of masquerades. "The eighteenth century divided masquerade costume into three generic types: the domino, or neutral costume; "fancy dress," in which one personated one of a general class of beings; and "character dress," in which one represented a specific figure, usually historical, allegorical, literary, or theatrical character" . Costumes could be abstract or specific: Death and Night often made appearances at masquerades, along with the more tangible sultans and sultanas .
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