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Geek.Kon Masked Ball

The Masked Ball is a formal dance in which participants attend in costume wearing a mask. The Geek.Kon ball will be a formal atmosphere in which certain dress codes will be applied.

Don't have a Mask? No problem! Stop by Artist Alley before the ball and pick one up.  

Welcome to the Queen Protectorate's Annual Ball on the Dirigible Anavoria! Tonight an heir will be named; but with so many different races; Animorphs, Vampires, Witches, Warlocks, and Necromancers; (to name a few) no one can agree as to who the next ruler of Deregovia should be. The stakes are high, and someone is willing to kill to further their interests!

A murder mystery set in a steampunk world of magic and mechanics.

Our cast members will be posting in character to help provide background and plot leading up to the Masked Ball. Posts made by Queen Rovania, Karix, Scolix, Kahil, Trofim, Samira, and Waikiko are in character and may be a private journal entry, or a public entry other characters can see.

The Masked Ball is on Friday August 21st, from 7-10pm. It ia a charity ball benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Madison. We request either a donation of a minimum of 3 canned goods, or a minimum $5 monetary donation. Also, there will be masks there to purchase for under $5 if you need one; the proceeds on the masks will also go to Second Harvest Food Bank; and 25% of the proceeds on the masks will stay with the Masked Ball so we have money to do it again.

Volunteering to help with the Masked Ball counts towards Geek.Kon volunteer hours for badge purposes!

 


The purpose of this ball is to be fun, so the rules are not meant to be restrictive, merely guidelines for your own creativity. There are some outfits more suitable for raves, and some more suitable for formal dances. This event is the latter. You will not be turned away if your outfit is not “formal enough” as long as an attempt was made.

 

We want this to be fun, while still maintaining a ballroom atmosphere. Please use your best judgment and follow the rules outlined below. If you have any questions on what is considered “formal” please contact costuming@geekkon.net.

 

  • Masks

    • Every attendee must have a mask.

    • The mask should match the formal atmosphere.

      • Please no ski masks, hockey masks, grotesque monster masks etc.

      • Exceptions can be made to match a specific character costume (see Character Costume rules below)

    • Undecorated masks are acceptable.

    • A limited supply of decorated masks will be available at the event for an additional donation.

    • If you have any questions on if a specific mask will be allowed, please contact costuming@geekkon.net.

  • Modern Dress

    • Any form of modern formal wear is acceptable.

      • Ball gown/Prom dress/wedding dress/cocktail dress/That hideous pink bridesmaid gown you found at a thrift store and didn’t buy because you didn’t have a place to wear it.

      • Formal suits/Tuxedos.

        • Please note not every suit falls under this category. Unacceptable suits include:

          • Stereotypical ‘used car salesman’ suits.

          • Business casual suits.

          • Any suit with the word “casual” in the description.

        • Ridiculous formal suits (ex. A lime green tuxedo) are A-OK.

      • Any military dress uniform

    • There are no specific rules of dress based on gender or sex.

  • Historical

    • Any historical period is acceptable so long as it adheres to the modern rules of decency and state law.

    • The historical costume should be acceptable for a formal occasion within that time period. No work or day clothing please.

    • Mixing historical dress periods is just fine, so long as each piece would be considered formal.

    • Steampunk falls under this category, and is acceptable so long as the base costume is formal wear.

  • Character Costumes

    • Character costumes apply to any costume that is a recreation of a character from any media source or originally designed character.

    • All character costumes must adhere to modern rules of decency and state law.

    • All character costumes must be formal-wear versions of the character and include a mask.

    • The definition of formal can either be a modern definition, or that which is found in the character’s source material. Examples of source material formal:

      • The Star Trek TNG Formal Dress Uniform. (the dress)

      • Yuuri’s (Kyou Kara Maou) king outfit that looks like a school uniform.

      • Any military dress uniform.

      • The normal uniforms or attire for the Hetalia characters would not count as those are field uniforms. Put 'em in something nice.

    • Exceptions can be made for characters that would logically wear the same outfit. Examples below:

      • Darth Vader. (The suit keeps him alive) Though a bowtie would be nice.

      • Jedi/Monks etc (anyone with a vow of poverty/not allowed to care about material possessions)

      • Guards accompanying an important figure.

        • Ex. Storm Troopers accompanying Darth Vader as they do not have a formal equivalent.

      • This exception does not include characters who just wouldn’t care enough to put on a nice outfit.

        • We all know characters that would show up in front of the emperor wearing jeans and a ratty t-shirt. If you plan to come as one of these characters please assume they were forced into whatever is considered formal for their source material.

      • In the same vein, if the character just doesn’t own any fancy clothes, just assume they found some for the ball.

    • Zombies with torn and bloody outfits are permissible so long as the outfits used to be formal

      • Ex. The nurses from Silent Hill are not acceptable in their nurse uniforms, but would be acceptable in a torn up/dirty cocktail dress.

    • Examples of costumes that are not acceptable:

      • L in his normal attire.

      • The Sailor Senshi in their uniforms. Those are field uniforms. Their other outfits (ex. Princess gowns, nice dresses that appear in some episodes) are of course acceptable.

      • Bleach Shinigami are field uniforms. Festival yukata are acceptable.

      • Any incarnation of the The Doctor in his usual attire. After 45 years, there are plenty of episodes where he dresses up.

      • Legolas in his Fellowship attire. That, too, is field clothing. He has a nice, pretty outfit he wore to Aragorn's coronation. This is true of all LotR movie characters.

    • If you are unsure if your character costume fits the requirements ask yourself, “If my character were going to a formal ball held what would they wear?”

 

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