AW15’s Sybarite‘s Awakening has been living in my head for quite some time now.
A collection of darkly seductive corsetry that featured elegant bondage styling alongside fresh, confident colours and luxury finishes. The four pieces are designed as movements in an erotic encounter, each capturing the thrill of the turn of mood and exchange of power. Because to me, fetish is purely an indulgence in pleasure, it should be decadent, opulent and refined in it’s projections, and does not need to be restricted to the classic styling of black pvc and leather. Silk is a sensuous second skin that gleams and shimmers in a captivating way making it the perfect medium for this project.
The mood I wanted to capture for this collection was that of an afterparty- heady, full of promise and intent with dark undertones. I was lucky enough to count Anita DeBauch and Salleh Sparrow as my creative cohorts in making this happen. We had a wonderful day shooting in a derelict manor house, selecting our locations as we went along, responding to the light and the settings as the day went on. Anita’s flair as a model and instinct for getting into the character of the outfit was flawless, and Salleh is a prolific photographer who amazes me in her capacity for a fresh approach and a new way of looking at a location. I am overjoyed with the final images, and had to enlist help in whittling down to the ones you see now, as each shot had something captivating to commend it.
So following on from a more subtle interpretation for our original Gilded Cages collection I’ve chosen to update the concept with these four looks, showcasing fully locking corsets, chastity styles, a pony play inspired look and one style aimed purely for display. I hope you enjoy the show.