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Costume rental

After 15 years as a passionate amateur costume maker, in 2014 I am becoming a professional costume artist. So from now on I am very delighted to rent out all my costumes and wigs on stock (check the gallery for pictures) and also take requests to make costumes for customers and give workshops in how to learn my unusual techniques. If you are interested in renting any of my costumes, wig-sculptures or art pieces, feel free to  contact me. Read More

News update 2014

Dear friends all over the world,

just a few days left until I’m heading for Venice for the 15th year. This time I will be filmed by German TV ZDF for “Hallo Deutschland Mondän”. The TV people will follow me through Venice visiting my favourite places like Pasticceria Rizzardini, my hairdresser Michele Doardo (whose Banquet “The other side of the mask” I will attend on the 2nd of March, a few tickets still available), Caffé Florian for a delicious breakfast, etc.. Watch it on German TV ZDF of February 27th or 28th between 5 and 6 in the evening.

And I am going to attend the luxurious banquet “Best of Ballo del Doge” by the famous Antonia Sautter (who will be in the same film from ZDF). I was asked to wear one of her costumes, which is a first for me since I never wore somebody else’s costume in Venice before.

Another first for me: I will be having an exhibition of ten of my costumes (1st till 9th of March) plus being walking act the weekend after Venice (8th and 9th of March) at a big fair in Kassel, Germany. Here you can see my costumes being displayed the first time in an exhibition.

But first is not only for me in 2014: I am delighted to welcome my friend Beat from Basel, Switzerland, to be my gentlemen in costume. Beat some years ago invited me to the great Basel Fasnacht and now it is his turn to discover the Venetian Carnival.

This year in general will bring a lot of changes for me as a costume maker. My passion, my second life, will after March become my profession. After 14 years of working for the German political magazine DER SPIEGEL I decided to change my worklife to about 180 degrees: I am happy and lucky to have a chance to now broaden my creative work and add a lot of projects I have been thinking about for years. So after having a look at this year’s costume collection (most photos will be out by the end of March) it is worth taking more looks at this page through 2014.

Be curious for all the creative aspects I will unfold after March (can’t wait!!!). Lot’s of interesting things to come! Promised.

This year I will also spend more time on good photography during the carnival which I have not done that much during the last years. Most likely I will not take part in the competition and spend more time with photographers and the audience. Hope to meet you in the calle and piazze in Venice. Give me a hello when you see me and hope to see you in Carnevale (I will be in Venice from the 21st of Febuary till the 5th of March). I will check facebook and emails frequently. If you want to contact me, feel free to send me a message.

Ci vediamo a Venezia ed buon Carnevale!!!!


Coming to Venice 2013

Dear friends all over the world,

just a few days left until Carnevale 2013. This year our whole little family will travel to Italy again to celebrate the beautiful carnvival of Venice. The boys will take it slow and we girls (my daughter and I) will be in town for the days around the peak weekend which will be early (9th & 10th of febuary) this year. So keep your fingers crossed for good, dry and not too cold weather for us, we might need it.

Sophia and I will wear two different, stunning dresses throughout the days and also take some time to enjoy the children’s carnival by the Biennale at Giardini and hopefully find some interesting and inspiring work shops etc. for Sophia.

So if you see some dolled up mother and daughter and golden treasures walking around, it might be us. Don’t hesitate so say “hello” to us.

Ci vediamo a Venezia, Tanja

Update Feb. 04: I was on TV! Click on the image to start the video.

Volunteers wanted!!!

If you ever wanted to wear one of my costumes for free, here is the chance to do so: For the Caribean Carnvial Parade in Aalborg, Denmark,
I am invited to present my Venetian costumes. But it only makes sense to have about ten costumes to be impressive amongst the huge Caribean costumes. For that I need people who are willing and able to enjoy to dive into the world of costume art and becoming a totally different personality for a day or two.

I will soon post the list of the costumes that I will present there. If you would like to be a part of my troupe please contact me a.s.a.p. . I will guarantee for big fun, an extraordinary experience, good photographs (that you will get for free, my husband will take them during the days) and a great setting at the Aalborg Carnival (they expect about 25.000 participants and 100.000 viewers). Unfortunately I cannot pay for you guys since I am also investing money in going, staying, transportation etc. But I will do my best to help you with accomodation and organization. And at least you get the mentioned above things for free, which also is valuable.

So, let me know if you want to join us on May 25th (Friday) and 26th (Saturday) in Denmark.
Drop me a mail or ring (number on this site)