In our ongoing Threesday feature, Shanghaiist takes the time to count out three of well… whatever catches their fancy that week. This week: Three costume ideas to get your communism on for our Shanghaiist Communist Party Party tomorrow!
If you’re planning to come revel in our 90th Anniversary Communist Party Party Revival of the Glory Explosion tomorrow night, you’re going to need some regalia! (If you want to save yourself shame and 10RMB, that is.) Since the revolutionary inspiration took hold of us rather late this week, there’s no time to Taobao! Instead, here are a few quick and simple suggestions to snazz up that outfit of yours with the acceptable proletariat accoutrements.
1. The Mao Zedong
An oldie by a goodie! This classic requires nothing but a blue or green button down and maybe a cap with a star on it! Actually, as far as we can tell, the more red stars the better. Small strips of red can be added to the lapels of your shirt if you’re going for the dashing, younger Mao. Moles recommended, as is poofing out your hair above the temples. If you shave your head to look like Mao, we WILL let you in for free.
You can purchase Mao regalia plenty of places around town. All the fake markets (Sci & Tech Museum metro, Nanjing Xi Lu and Chengdu Lu, the Hongqiao Pearl Market) will have communist hats, bags, tshirts, and more. You also can’t go wrong with the shops at Qipu Lu (near Henan lu) and Yuyuan area (one loyal Shanghaiist cadre is venturing forth this evening, we will update you when we hear more about availability.)
2. The Young Pioneer
Just emulate every single thing about this little patriot. Simple formula: white shirt, red scarf, douchey face, and five stripes on your arm. Possible accessories: red arm band, little red book, soul-crushing vigilance.
Also to be noted: your communist fervor must be innate and habitual. This shit can’t be taught.
And don’t forget, the redder your little apple cheeks, the better! And comb that hair within an inch of its life!
3. The Red Army Soldier
This is the most difficult uniform by far to come by, unless you have a spare set of faded-blue pajamas lying around (if the blue is too bright, I hear the peasants can smell your money.) Again, there could be some lucky finds at the shops mentioned above. Long sleeves, long pants, blue cap, red lapels, black shoes, white socks, and knee-high blue sock wrappy things.
Possible accessories: rifle, arm band, red book, satchel, capital-smashing hammer, and a big fat red sash if you’ve been particularly harmonious lately.
- The Ethnic Minority (What’s a government celebration without our treasured minorities?! Nothing says we love the proles like those smiling faces bedazzled by jewelry, peaking out from under enormous colorful/metal hats.)
- The Overalled Revolutionary (little red book, tractor, white shirt, overalls, pigtails if you’re a girl.)
- This guy:
Go forth, faithful cadres! We’ll see you all there tomorrow night, 9pm sharp! Just in case you forgot the details, you can read them all here. Special thanks to the That’s Shanghai podcast for plugging our glorious gathering on such late notice!
For even more inspiration, see also:
Over 100,000 converge in Chongqing for biggest ever red song fest
Photos: Special Red Olympics in Gansu
10,000 dressed in red for the 90th anniversary of the CCP in Chongqing