Masquerade costumes were very elaborate, and people went to great lengths to obtain intricate and well-conceived costumes. Attendees turned to costume catalogues, such as John Tinney's Collection of Eastern and Foreign Dress (1750) [1]. These catalogues, focusing primarily on foreign dress, provided vital information on what a certain character, such as an Arabian sultana, looked like and how she would act [2]. The wealthy chose to have their dresses made privately or individually ordered [3]. During the second half of the century, costume warehouses, such as Jackson's Habit Warehouse, also flourished in London, especially in the theatrical district near Covent Garden [4]. These warehouses specialized in masquerade dress and accessories, and featured a vast variety of costumes [5].


1. Castle, Terry. Masquerade and Civilization: the Carnivalesque in Eighteenth-Century English      Culture and Fiction. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1986, p. 60.
2. Castle, Terry. p. 60
3. Ribiero, Aileen. The Dress Worn at Masquerades in England 1730 to 1790. New York, NY:      Garland Published, 1984, p. 39.
4. Castle, 58.
5. Ribiero, p. 39.