Lady in Red
is something of a old fashion trope were The Vamp
or the Femme Fatale
was designated by having her wear a bright red formal wear. The Lady in Red wasn't necessarily a slut, but she was strongly sexual, and often had a strong personality. In more prudish times the Lady in Red was considered almost dangerous. Red clothing is also associated with prostitutes, chorus girls and other dancers, and other women attempting to be sexy.
EDIT PS: There is also a connection with the term "Scarlet Woman."
"Often the color Red is used to symbolize sexuality. As in a "scarlett woman" would be a woman with a promiscuous nature; someone whom others believe sleeps around and has a reputation.
"Red: Symbolism and cultural associations:
Sin, guilt, passion, blood and anger
Red is frequently used as a symbol of guilt, sin and anger, often as connected with blood or sex... At one point, red was associated with prostitutes, or now, with brothels (red-light districts)...
The colour red is associated with lust, passion, love, and beauty as well. The association with love and beauty is possibly related to the use of red roses as a love symbol. Both the Greeks and the Hebrews considered red a symbol of love, as well as sacrifice.Psychological research has shown that men find women who are wearing red more attractive."
Red Dress Effect: Women In Red Deemed Open To Sexual Advances, Study Of Men Shows
Red dresses muddle men's minds, just ask The Matrix's Neo. In a scene from the 1999 sci-fi film, the hero is famously ambushed after becoming distracted by a woman on the street wearing a slinky red outfit. Now, a new study shows how such duds attain their sway. Men rate women wearing red clothing as being more interested in sex, hinting that humans may be conditioned to associate the color with fertility.
edited 4th Nov '13 11:22:41 AM by Catbert