Venice Carnival creations

Marco Dilauro paints  masks worn during the annual Venice Carnival.

Dilauro, 43, is a tax collector by day, but his real passion is making masks and costumes for the carnival.

A resident of Como, northern Italy, he chooses fabrics, ribbons, lace and costume jewellery to make the period costumes after doing extensive research, and wears them at Carnival, which ends on the day before Ash Wednesday. — Photos by Reuters

Marco Dilauro paints a mask which he will wear during the annual Venice Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro paints a mask which he will wear during the annual Venice Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Nadia, wife of Marco Dilauro, is reflected in mirrors as she wears one of his creations, an elaborate costume for the Venice. ? Reuters Photo
Nadia, wife of Marco Dilauro, is reflected in mirrors as she wears one of his creations, an elaborate costume for the Venice. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro works at a sewing machine as he makes one of his creations, a costume which he will wear during the Venice Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro works at a sewing machine as he makes one of his creations, a costume which he will wear during the Venice Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro looks on as his wife Nadia is reflected in a mirror as she wears one of his creations. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro looks on as his wife Nadia is reflected in a mirror as she wears one of his creations. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro and his wife Nadia, wearing costumes, pose at a canal with the Bridge of Sighs in the background during the Venice Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro and his wife Nadia, wearing costumes, pose at a canal with the Bridge of Sighs in the background during the Venice Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro and his wife Nadia, wearing costumes, pose at San Marco square during the Venice Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro and his wife Nadia, wearing costumes, pose at San Marco square during the Venice Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Nadia (R), wife of Marco Dilauro, poses at San Marco Square in Venice, during the Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Nadia (R), wife of Marco Dilauro, poses at San Marco Square in Venice, during the Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro looks at one of his creations, a mask he made to wear during the annual Venice Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro looks at one of his creations, a mask he made to wear during the annual Venice Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro and his wife Nadia, wearing costumes, pose at San Marco square during the Venice Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro and his wife Nadia, wearing costumes, pose at San Marco square during the Venice Carnival. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro gestures next to a mirror with a reflection of his wife Nadia wearing one of his creations. ? Reuters Photo
Marco Dilauro gestures next to a mirror with a reflection of his wife Nadia wearing one of his creations. ? Reuters Photo

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