The red lip, an iconic symbol of femininity, has had a tumultuous history. In Ancient Egypt, red lips were an indication of aristocracy. While in Greece, it was a mark of a prostitute. In 1200 AD, in present day Italy, the shade of red on the lips was a sign of social status. In England, during the 1700s and 1800s, red lips meant that you were a witch. Over in France, on the other hand, they were encouraged for upper-class women.

In dreams, lips symbolize intimate communication, often between lovers and friends. Everyone knows: The shape of a woman’s lips can tell much more than words.

Fashion is intimate communication. An artistic expression of the self to the world.