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Damcho Dyson on morning TV

Damcho Dyson is a former Buddhist nun who, after 10 years wearing the robes, left her life as a nun behind and went on to discover latex. She soon noted the parallels and contrasts between wearing robes and donning latex, both of them rituals in their own way. Indeed, she is even exploring these issues more deeply for a PhD which she is hoping to crowdfund.

I’ve written about Damcho previously here. Since that time, her campaign has picked up pace and she is attracting attention from some big mainstream news sources (The Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, to name two UK based news outlets).

My favourite, though, is this interview from Austrailia’s ‘The Morning Show’, in which Damcho actually shows up for the interview wearing a latex catsuit, giving the presenters a nice surprise:

https://au.tv.yahoo.com/the-morning-show/video/watch/35730602/the-buddhist-nun-turned-fetish-fanatic/#page1

Good luck to Damcho in her funding, and for continuing to spread the word on the empowering, transformative sensation of wearing latex.

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Ola Jordan and the Livana dress

Viewers of daytime UK television got a demonstration of latex fashion on Monday on the ITV show Loose Women. The show is usually fronted by an all-female panel, but on this special edition the hosts invited along their partners, who were each challenged to choose a new style for their other half.

James Jordan picked a latex dress for Ola Jordan. Well, wouldn’t you?

 

 

Apparently, Ola didn’t use talc or any other dressing aid – they just “squeezed her in”. This is not recommended with latex! And in fact it’s no wonder she found it uncomfortable, because without talc or dressing aid to negate the friction of natural rubber it’s liable to drag and pinch the skin. They should have read my guide on how to stay comfortable in latex! I just hate to think how many people might have been turned off latex after trying it once under the wrong conditions…

That aside, it’s a prominent showing for the House of CB dress. This design, named the ‘Livana‘, has already been worn by a number of celebrities at high-profile events, making it one of the most popular latex dresses from House of CB. More significantly, its popularity has trickled down to those not involved in show business: fashion bloggers and others on Instagram are seen wearing the dress out and about to parties and other such occasions which ask for a touch of glam. It might not be street wear just yet, but mainstream latex fashion is no longer the exclusive domain of the celebrity.

 

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Cerina Vincent, Kady McDermott, and Paulina Michaels

 

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Above: franciechann; bottom left to right: Nichi Hodgson, ms_princessjasmine, kamilakos. Below: Micah Gianneli 

 

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Kendall + Kylie – Drop Two

A good deal of credit for bringing latex fashion into the mainstream goes to the Kardashian-Jenner family. Kim was one of the first celebrities to wear the material out and about on special occasions (usually Atsuko Kudo), followed by all of her sisters in wearing latex at some point or other.

It’s quite fitting then that the younger two siblings have launched their own clothing collection, ‘Drop Two’, with the most prominent item being a gorgeous orange latex dress:

 

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Slightly more subtle but just as pretty is this black latex bra, also part of the new collection:

 

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Not only are the celebrities stepping out in latex; now they’re also lending their name to it. Another new development in latex fashion.

Teaser trailer below:

Fashion advice for aliens

If you’re a humanoid robot or you come from the future latex is probably already your go-to material, that much is decided. However, the appeal of latex is far-reaching and has even captured the attention of all terrestrial based extra-terrestrials. This at least according to new film How to Talk to Girls at Parties, based on a short story by Neil Gaiman. Pictured are the cast of the film at Cannes showing off the costume designs of Sandy Powell.

 

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This 23-second teaser trailer of the film is the best I could find, but it does show more of the latex and suggests that there will be quite a lot of it in the film.

 

For all you fashion conscious aliens currently enjoying a sojourn on planet Earth, might I extend a hand of welcome and compliment you on your fine taste in clothing. Earth has an abundance of latex clothing designers – you’ll feel right at home.

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Amentium latex on dating show Take Me Out

Helen Teiman is the designer behind Liverpool based Amentium, distinctive for its detailed lasercut patterned latex clothing. She was also recently a contestant on the ITV dating show Take Me Out. The show is prime time weekend TV in the UK, and the perfect opportunity to gain some exposure for her fashion brand by dazzling in latex under the studio lights. In subsequent interviews, Helen has even admitted that she took part in the show solely for this reason, with the intent to avoid a date and step out in a different latex outfit each week while the series ran its course over 10 episodes.

 

 

At least, that was the gameplan. But two episodes in and she ended up dancing her way to a date with Ricardo in the clip above. Oops! Nevertheless, getting a date allowed Helen to show off her latex creations even more since she and Ricardo were whisked off to an island getaway and given plenty more screen time. In the video below Helen hits the clubs wearing one of her creations:

 

Perhaps the real success is that her unintended date with Ricardo has since developed into a relationship. Sometime later, the contestants reunited to update us on how things proceeded following their date, Helen again wearing another of her dresses:

 

Following her Take Me Out appearance, Helen has been afforded newspaper articles and interviews with the online and print editions of Liverpool Echo. The articles offer interesting insights into Amentium, such as Helen’s design inspirations and the possibility of a male clothing range on the horizon (Ricardo seems keen to be her first model!).

Good luck to Helen and the continued success of her brand.

Now let’s have a closer look at that outfit she wore in her dance off. Video courtesy of LatexfashionTV:

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Katy Perry – Bon Appétit

Katy Perry is always good value for the latex spotter, and her new video does not disappoint.

Following February’s Chained to the Rhythm, the new single Bon Appetite serves up another course of social commentary. It’s eye-catching even aside from the latex, and the set pieces provocative and visually arresting.

 

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The song isn’t as catchy in my opinion, but there is certainly more latex this time around, including bra, knickers and kimono by Dawnamatrix, and bodysuit and tights by Vex Clothing, all in tempting transparent nudes, pinks and violets. You can see much more of the latex in the behind the scenes video at the bottom.

 

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Another Billboard article: Stars are making latex mainstream

Billboard has followed up their interview with Dawnamatrix with a second article on the subject of latex clothing.

Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora & Other Stars Are Making Once-Transgressive Latex Mainstream

This second article is a more in-depth exploration of the notion of latex entering into the mainstream, tracing its trajectory from fetish through music videos to high fashion.

Much is made of the material becoming fashionable due to its transgressive and aesthetic aspects, but besides a brief mention of latex clothing being a unique sensory experience I can’t help wondering if the sensual, transformative and empowering qualities of latex are overlooked. I think it is partly these qualities which cause a given celebrity to return to the material again and again. After all, just how transgressive can we expect it to be after seeing the same person wearing it for the umpteenth time?

In any case, I agree with the article’s conclusion that latex is unlikely to enter the mainstream in a way such as leather or vinyl has. Latex’s demand for patience, preparation, ritual and care, not to mention its cost prohibit it from becoming as widely popular as those above materials. The exacting nature of latex will keep it on the fringes of the mainstream: never to be over-exposed, always novel and therefore always potentially fashionable. The very impracticality of latex might just be its major strength and guarantee its staying power.

More thoughts on latex becoming mainstream here.

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Billboard interviews Dawnamatrix

Billboard has interviewed latex designer Dawn Mostow of Dawnamatrix. Read the full interview here.

Interviews with latex designers in mainstream publications with high readership are always significant as they present an opportunity, not only for the designers in question but for latex clothing in general to be introduced to a new, wider audience. Such interviews often broach the subject of latex becoming mainstream:

There have been dozens of superhero movies, music videos, and fashion collections featuring latex in the 2010’s decade alone.  Latex has been mainstream for a while now, and we’ve reached a level of comfort with the material that sees it incorporated into daily fashion.

And let’s not ignore the part played by the interviews and articles themselves in propagating and repeating this signal that latex = mainstream.

 

I think the interview is particularly good in that it covers wide ground, including Dawn’s influences, methods, how she began working with latex, and the famous projects she has been involved in. The article doesn’t just skirt over these subjects though, offering such details as design sketches, and exploring Dawn’s history of living and studying fashion in Japan and how this has inspired not just her designs but her design process:

Especially inspiring is how Harajuku fashion represents all of style history existing simultaneously, and the wearers go about daily activities like dining, shopping, and strolling in a park rather than just reserving that fabulous attire for dark nightclubs.

Dawn even offers some practical advice as to how one might follow this Harajuku example and introduce some latex into our daily, casual wardrobe. Because indeed, latex is too fabulous to remain only for the nightclubs:

Latex separates are a great way of incorporating some eye-catching interest into your look, and depending on the fit of the garment and personal preference, latex can be quite comfortable. Leggings, skirts, or even a latex bowtie or collar are a fun way to mix-and-match into your wardrobe.

 

Despite all this talk of fashion, looking fabulous and eye-catching, she doesn’t lose sight of the principal reason for the enduring popularity of latex staple outfits like catsuits: latex feels fabulous too:

And, of course, bodysuits/catsuits; these are the classic and quintessential latex garments that can transform a human into a super-human!

 

The best part of all, for me, is that Dawn is given ample opportunity to put into words just what it is about latex clothing that attracts people not only to wear it but also for people like her to make it their career:

It is futuristic, evocative, playful, with visual qualities similar to animation and graphic design. It demands attention and invites questions, while transforming the wearer. I fell in love!

It’s sensual, bold, mysterious, strong, and everything these celebrities represent wrapped up in a garment. It turns heads, and makes headlines. Latex’s look is futuristic and freeing. There’s no lying or hiding in latex. A celebrity visage in latex alludes to an empowering future that is within our grasp.

 

Below is a video not part of the Billboard article showing off some of the Dawnamatrix raincoats and outerwear from the new Waterproof collection mentioned in the interview:

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Goldfrapp and Shakira both featuring Kim West Latex

Two recent music video offerings here, connected by both having Kim West Latex in common.

The more recent release is Comme Moi by Black M featuring Shakira, in which Shakira is wearing a nude latex body. To my knowledge, this is the first instance of Shakira wearing latex, and it’s nice to welcome her to a club which by now surely counts every major female pop star as a member:

 

The second video is the Mad Max-esque video for Anymore by Goldfrapp. Alison Goldfrapp herself is not wearing latex, but several of the women in the video are wearing latex knickers. The latex may not be as prominent as in the former video, but overall this video is by far more interesting and the music leagues better, so it’s an easy favourite.

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Former Buddhist nun turns to latex

After 10 years devotion to the mind and spirituality, Damcho Dyson came to the realisation that the mind is not isolated from the corporeal, and rather they are integral to one another. Curiously, in hanging up her robes this journey of reconnection with her body has led her to the wearing of latex.

The story is a curious one because of Damcho Dyson’s background, but her rationale and explanation of how latex makes one mindful of one’s own body will sound familiar to anyone with experience of dressing in the material.

Describing the first time she tried on a latex corset:

The sensation was far beyond what I was expecting and I immediately felt hooked. It enhanced, and even empowered the feeling of being in the body. It was armor like and cocoon like whilst holding me securely like a determined hug.

 

In acting like a second skin, latex (especially skin-tight latex) makes the wearer continually aware of its total and constant embrace of the body, and as a consequence those parts of the body which it encloses are brought forward into the consciousness. It’s hard to forget you are wearing latex, nor which parts of your body it’s touching.

In fact, as Damcho Dyson points out, latex goes even further and can actually amplify touch sensation:

Experientially, both [robes and latex] are immersive and take some commitment and conviction to wear. Whilst the yards of layered fabric of Tibetan monastic robes shroud the body, tight fitting latex — sometimes referred to by wearers as a second skin — reveals the body. The former almost anaesthetises the wearer against identifying with the shape and form of the body […] Whilst the latter enhances the form both through its fit and also through the way in which the ‘second skin’ amplifies touch sensation.

 

The full interview is fascinating, and Damcho Dyson draws further comparisons and contrasts between monastic practice and dressing in latex, including in ritual and meditation. Read at the Huffington Post here.

image credit: Graham Price