one TAKES WHAT OTHERS HAVE ...
We have no strict dress code at the ball. As long as you have a long or a pretty dress - and have remembered the mask - you are most welcome!
However, you don't have to be afraid of being too embellished! This is the occasion for those who love to dress up, in short - the more the better! Both plumes and tiara are allowed. You can do this by simple means. Get inspiration from Scarlett O'Hara, who sewed the velvet curtain dress in the warmer times of the Civil War. It is in the spirit of the opera ball to create a balancing act by "taking what other have".
If you have a long dress, you can complement it with long gloves and a small tiara, then you are ready for opera ball. You can also drape an extra layer of fabric over the skirt, and decorate the dress with lace, silk flowers and other ornaments in matching colors. Here you can show your creativity.
COSTUME for men
If you are a man and have a brocade vest for the bunad, you can wear it under your usual black suit and easily get a great ball outfit. If you are wearing a black or dark blue suit, you can easily turn it into a uniform by swapping the buttons with gold buttons and attaching a few rows of gold bands along the edge of the sleeves. Search through drawers and attics, and bring out the family's old and forgotten orders and medals, but remember to attach them well so you don't lose them during the dance!
Remember to put on a mask (it is a masquerade ball!) And good shoes (it will be a long afternoon / evening / night with lots of walking and dancing).
WHERE CAN YOU BUY / RENT?
Generally you can find a great dress and masks from www.ebay.com for a reasonable price.
Marthes Lekestue on Hegdehaugsveien 28 in Oslo also sells fine masks at a good price.
Otherwise, some of the guests will find a reasonable costume at Lightinthebox.com >>
You can also rent a full costume through Norsk Film >>