Fashionising calls Sidney Bristow in Bambi Magazine “fetishised sensuality gone rogue” and I’d have to agree, though it’s more of a haute couture version of the concept. The fashion blog explains, “It’s not about the desire to shock anymore, not since the bondage element has long morphed into a full statement of luxury, instead the modern fetishism is more about allowing sensuality to break new grounds, without fully abandoning the taste of forbiddance.” Call it anything you want: I think you’ll love the set.
Manuel Albarran’s Metal Couture photos feel to me like sexy Game of Thrones from the future as imagined by a punk rock Alexander McQueen. That’s sort of how I see it anyway, and no matter how you categorize these exquisite, painstakingly detailed photos, they’re some kind of sexy beautiful.
Photographer Aleksey Kozlov and fashion designer Marina Khlebnikova: together they are the fetish fashion arts duo Aleksey & Marina.
Since 2004 they’ve worked in image advertising (fashion, beauty, glamour) photography, including pictorals for brands and calendars. The Petersberg, Russia based pair style the costumes, accessories and hair for their own photos.
Their main website has tons of amazing photo/photoshop nudes combining fantastical fashion, fetish and beautiful models, and I was pleased to find a gallery of wallpapers (and there’s a separate wallpapers gallery on the Calendars site).
Image: Crabapple’s “Impossible Couture” photo/art collaboration with Najva Sol for Filthy Gorgeous Things.
Artist, activist and co-founder of the amazing Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School – the extraordinary Molly Crabapple has an essay in Vice that’s well worth reading. Here’s a snip from The World of a Professional Naked Girl:
(…) I was 20. I’d been working as a naked model for two years. Back in the early aughts, there was a flourishing semi-legit business for girls like me, based off Craigslist and OneModelPlace. Girls too short, fat or plain to be legit models, unwilling to give the “fuck you” to convention it takes to be in legit porn, would pose for amateur photographers. We called them GWCs, or Guys with Cameras. They paid 100 bucks an hour.
We showed up in their hotel rooms. We posed on their beds. We told each other who was a good guy and who was a sociopath, knowing full well that if a GWC raped us, the police would do nil. A girl I knew was working as a bondage model. The photographer threatened to kill her. She wept. He let her go. When she went to the police, they shrugged her off. The photographer later murdered a model.
Surrounded by eggs and softboxes, I was doing my best to escape the trajectory of art school-retail-professional failure that, as a broke student at a bad school, I was marked out for. I wanted to make money fast, shove it into my business and then get out of here. I was young, which meant I had nothing to interest people with besides my looks. While those held out, I wanted to use them to get other, more versatile trading tokens. (…read more, vice.com)
Fashion, sex, gender, androgyny, bisexuality, trans haute couture models smashing glass ceilings… StyleNoir’s Gender section is a treasure trove where you’ll find articles and photo editorials that explore how gender and orientation is perceived and represented in fashion, and beyond. There are op-eds about coming out as bisexual, they feature Lea T (a favorite here on TinyNibbles) and controversial androgyne model Andrej Pejic (the blonde person in this post’s main photo); Tilda Swinton gets a spotlight, and there is just way too much androgynous, queerly delicious eye candy for me to not *need* to share this with you. YUM.