Once more we're back to this never completed story of mine, though none here at the moment represent any named characters. These are in fact theatre and opera actors in their costumes from the North-Western tradition. Yes, on my continent the Asian inspired cultures are way up north. When it gets nippy the wardrobe goes up in layers and with thicker fabrics, fur trimming and leather.
As for what they are in my story, this is long version:
The opera culture is very pervasive, and it's a respected profession with it's own "superstars" . It has migrated along with the North-Western immigrants to Derron. There it is also starting to gain popularity beyond the culture from which it stems. They like to say they have 101 styles to master, but many are just variants of some 20-30 types. Some are mask theaters, in either a physical mask or in patterns of face paint. And in the example of the one with the mask on the side , that is used to show dual natures on stage. Then there are acrobatic types, some very lively and others like a slow dance. Costumed theatre styles are known for the gear and scene work, often with elaborate hairstyles and often large neck linings to conceal wire supports when that's necessary.
There are several archetypes of characters that tend to repeat themselves, and as some of them are children it's a career that can start very early. There are many families that keep acting as the family trade. Two of the common child roles are that of the dutiful child and the melancholic child. They are the full figures with the very high heels. It's a way of implying the maturity the young ones live according to or try to assume.
The costumes are also gender neutral, the clothes and manor of acting for a dutiful daughter and a dutiful son is basically the same. Choice of clothes and hairstyle has more to do with personality and profession then gender in the North-Western culture and this has carried over into the theatre in general. Short hair is associated with sobriety, duty, rationalism, science and common sense. Long hair is seen as more fanciful, artistic and lively.