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April 13

A hint of kinky: fetish and fashion

By Miista Blogs
Sex sells. And fashion loves to be fetishized. It’s built on it. There are those of us who obsess about it, are in awe of it. Fetish fashion is described as any clothing or look that’s created intentionally to provoke a particular reaction and it usually involves materials like leather, latex, PVC, fishnet and stainless steel. Making amongst other things, catsuits, corsets, handcuffs, locks and zippers. However, fetish fashion has been moving from the margins into the mainstream. As Valerie Steele writes in her book Fetish Fashion,  "Fetishism moved from the sexual underground into mainstream popular culture via subcultural groups such as punks and leathermen. A youth subculture associated with bands like the Sex Pistols, the punks appropriated fetish clothing as part of their own 'style in revolt.'  The fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, herself a punk, opened a shop in London called Sex, where she sold bondage trousers, rubber stockings, corsets, and extreme shoes to a clientele divided between real fetishists and young people attracted by the idea of breaking taboos.  Westwood herself wore 'total S&M as fashion' in the early 1970s, not just in private clubs, but on the street, as a way of subverting accepted social values." Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 21.36.46  (Vivienne Westwood's Anarchy t-shirt and mock crock heels) However, more recently, what once might have caused a gasp no longer has the power to shock. Fetish wear in its relationship with high-fashion is now seen as yet another style rather than being part of set of ideas that aim to actively subvert accepted social values. Yes, there are still those groups who actively participate in fetish wear and get a kick out of girls in latex French maid outfits or guys in gimp masks. However, fashion with its alchemic power to mix things up, has normalised it. Latex, PVC, leather tassels and harness buckles become material and details for designers to add to the creative process. So its a tassel here, a latex skirt there that make its a fashion kink more than anything else. kimwest.co.uk-latex-surf-dress (Kim West Surf Dress in Superior Magazine)  Fault-Magazine_Femme-Fatale_01 (Atsuko Kudo's couture latex in Fault Magazine, Spring 2013)   zaira-black   (Miista's Zaira Black with detachable harness)  Hermes-bowler-net (Bowler hat, leather and lace, Hermès A/W 2010) silenturge-xxymag (Atsuko Kudo's couture latex in XXY magazine) Cat-Iridescent_Navy   (Miista's Cat in Iridescent Navy with tassels)  
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