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Formal wear and/or costumes are strongly recommended as well as proper grooming. We are strongly encouraging either formal attire, outfits that fit into the Moulin Rouge theme, or a steampunk theme. No shorts and t-shirts. Masks are also strongly encouraged. Consider what you might wear to a night at the Moulin Rouge and dress for the event, then add a mask and you will be ready to kick off your weekend in style.
Masquerade Ball Event Rules:
All traditional styles of formal attire are encouraged as well as theme appropriate costumes and/or outfits.
Formal attire suggestions include: Cocktail dresses and gowns, black tie formal wear, suits, top hat and tails, fancy dresses, prom dresses, ball gowns, dressy separates, button down shirts, dress slacks, traditional Scottish kilts, appropriate military attire, formal historic period wear, traditional eastern dress, appropriate formal military attire, fantasy inspired formal attire, formal J-Fashion, formal alternative/street fashion, and formal steampunk.
A-Kon considers inappropriate military attire to be uniforms that are associated with discrimination and hate. This type of attire is barred from the event.
Theme appropriate costumes and/or outfit suggestions:Can-Can outfits, fancy Bollywood dance costumes, costumes based on characters from the Moulin Rouge movie, Parisian bohemian clothes from 1900, Steampunk characters, dressy vaudeville attire, fancy carnival costumes, and creative fun and fancy clothing that might be seen in a steampunk night at the Moulin Rouge.
Inappropriate attire includes: T-shirts, shorts, jeans, overly revealing clothing, fully exposed chests (male or female), no sheer material over bare chests (male or female), rave gear, full armor, duct tape, unsealed body paint.
Cosplay from any genre is absolutely welcome, but we prefer it still be formal attire. You are welcome to create your own interpretation of what formal wear for your cosplay would look like, so have fun.
Traditional masquerade style masks are encouraged. All participants are encouraged to wear a Masquerade-style mask. You may attach your mask to your face with ribbons, elastic, body adhesive, spirit gum, etc., or it may be a stick mask that you hold in front of your face. You may also use face paint to create a painted mask. Steampunk style masks like goggles, plague doctor, welding, or gas masks are also acceptable if they suit your outfit or costume.
Masks to avoid: Wrestling masks, full face rubber masks, helmets, masks that cover your entire head, a paper plate with holes in it, VKei/J-Fashion/painters’ masks that cover just the nose and mouth.
Props and wings are allowed into the event, but for safety reasons props are not allowed on the dance floor. Wings are allowed on the dance floor, but please be mindful of the people around you.
You will be responsible for items that you leave unattended.
If you have any questions about any of the rules, or have concerns over accessibility please feel free to contact us.