Mime makeup in progress

Mime makeup in progress
Potatojunkie / CC BY-NC-ND

In its basic form I’m sure the idea of mimes has existed since ancient times, an iconic silent performer who says a lot about the human condition. In modern form, mimes have narrowed down to a very specific performance style and a recognisable look. Love them or hate them, mimes have a very strong, distinct look which is contributed to in no small part by the accents of red they include in their elaborate make-up, a spot here, a tear there, a pair of red lips.

Once the make-up and costume is completely applied, the mime is nearly anonymous by design, an every-person, so it’s interesting to see this shot of the transformation from human being to performing symbol in this shot. The girl with the red lips and the mostly done mime make-up is touching up her dark eye lining, and you know she’s preparing to become the creature she is to be.

Costumed women at the Burning Man festival

Costumed women at the Burning Man festival
mdanys / CC BY

These two provocatively costumed women standing against the desolate flat desert plain of the Burningman festival lends an appropriate gravity and scale to the proceedings. Makes you realise how vast the event must be, spread out on that empty piece of land. They’re both wearing black gloves, black panties, hats, various belts. One wears a red bra, fur boots, striped stockings with red ribbons tied around her legs. The other wears a black bra, red and black striped stockings, and very futuristic military-style boots. They are quite the striking sight, making Burning Man and its costumed women seem even more like something straight out of a post-apocalyptic science fiction movie like Mad Max or Waterworld.

Blonde in a red lace dress

Blonde in a red lace dress
Cotin Sposa Classic / CC BY-NC-ND

A blonde in a red dress is as iconic as it gets, and this fine blonde woman in a classic red dress with heavy skirt and a fitting bodice is even better and more iconic. I’m fairly sure this was taken keeping historical romance novels in mind. Could easily be a cover image.

Speaking of corsets and bodice ripping, the piece worn in this picture is quite nice. Not so loud as to be all in red, this bodice is made of a dark pink fabric, overlaid with white lace, and punctuated by red satin lines which follow the lines of the body and perfectly accentuate all the right curves. This probably will look like a bit much on a red head, but I’d still love to wear that lace corset.

Red leggings and glasses

Girl with glasses and red leggings
nicolecolecole / CC BY-ND

This is quite the classic look. A black turtle-neck sweater dress is never out of style, not are white sports shoes or red leggings. The strange kitty cat print on the top is the only thing that makes this outfit completely timeless. On the other hand it does make it quite unique. The cat has one blue and one red eye too, which I can’t complain about. Mix that with the black geek glasses and it makes for quite the outfit. Red leggings are really quite a good accent to an otherwise monochrome outfit. Red black and white will always be a fashionable combination.

Red parasol in the bazaar

Red parasol in the bazaar
Chris JL / CC BY-NC-ND

The parasol or umbrella is a world-wide basic tool, but the red paper parasol remains a strong property of the East. Red parasols are woven into far eastern culture and myth, making them as much of a cultural symbol as a useful accessory. A red parasol filtering the sunlight that streams through dusty alleyways and narrow lanes, lends an air of the exotic to any street scene. Even if not set in the bazaars of the east, like this photograph here, a red parasol stands out from the rest, setting apart its bearer and begging the witness to ask questions of the one who bears it. Who they are, where they are headed and what story they will weave in the world. Like a bright red pin in a map, it calls attention to itself, and adding a certain mystery to the scenery. A red ‘X’ marking the spot, but to what treasures?

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