We dwell among disguises – from extrovert costumes to the imperceptible make-up cover-ups, these external facades are perceived by the naked eye. Do we always accurately analyse the internal pretences that lay beneath this surface? Everything is not always what it seems. Through repetition and rehearsals, many are masters of make-believe. In 1909 an icon emerged from this mastery: Mei Lanfang. His portrayal was an exceptional skill, on expertise. His perfectly timed, poised, pretensions of female characters made Peking Opera more pleasing.