The Maw on display at WOW Museum in Nelson, New Zealand

I am delighted to announce that my bizarre rubber creation “The Maw”, which won 2nd place in the “open” category at the International World of Wearable Art competition last September, is now on display at the WOW Museum in Nelson, NZ. It is strange to see it from the outside (I’m usually inside), and the compact configuration in which they present it. But if you should find yourself in the south island of New Zealand, do look it up.

The Maw in Nelson, New Zealand WOW Museum
The Maw in Nelson, New Zealand WOW Museum
Custom Fetish Latex Creation The Maw
The Maw: Custom Latex Clothing as Art, now in the WOW Museum, Nelson, New Zealand

Buzzfeed: “10 Sex Kinks that Prove There’s No One Way to Do It”

An Interview with Katharine Gates, Author of  “Deviant Desires: A Tour of the Erotic Edge”

The New Book Includes The Baroness and Balloons

Katharine Gates

A highly-illustrated (including a balloon party photo from my Fetish Retinue) article based on an interview with author Katharine Gates about some of the kinks discussed in her new book, Deviant Desires: A Tour of the Erotic Edge, available now.

An excerpt:

“Balloons combine the touchy-feely and smelly power of latex with the excitement of growth and the fear of explosions. Balloon fans may enjoy watching their partners orally inflate them, or they may want to pop the balloons in a variety of ways using other core kinks such as cigarettes or feet. Partner play can involve bouncing on large balloons.”

People with Purpose

“People with Purpose”: a Do-Good, Shopping, and Social Event

Wednesday, August 30, 6:00-8:00 PM

2nd Ave & 64th Thrift Shop (1222 2nd Ave)

My friend Purely Patricia has gathered together a talented band of creative New Yorkers (myself included) and curated and styled for auction seven mannequins to showcase both us and our works. Join me and other creative “People with Purpose”, sip champagne, and shop!

I want a huge swath of latex lovers to create a sensation and help raise money for Housing Works, while drinking champagne and shopping! You can place your final bids (online bidding opens August 17th here) on this exquisite collection of eclectic designer goods while rubbing elbows with the artists.

“Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.”

More information about this event and getting involved, here.

Hanna Dunne in Baroness Latex for the Golden Globe Awards

Mozart in the Jungle star Hanna Dunne visited our shop in January for something to wear to the Golden Globe Awards (Mozart in the Jungle won the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Television Series -Comedy).

Here she is in our dressing room trying on our new China Doll dress in blue ice, with a black waist cincher worn over it.

She also bought a pair of our Baroness amethyst pedal pushers which she’s wearing here to put on her make-up.
For the Golden Globes gala, she ended up with a silver bodice corset, ruby knee-length skirt and cincher belt.  Here she is at the ceremony in full regalia with co-stars Jason Schwartzman and Lola Kirke:
Lola Kirke Jason Schwartzman Hannah Dunne

More photos from the Golden Globes Awards…

Anne Hathaway to Appear in Ocean’s Eight Wearing Baroness Latex

Celebrities wear The Baroness Latex
Anne Hathaway to wear Baroness Latex in Ocean’s Eight

Anne Hathaway will appear next year wearing our heavy rubber black corset and skirt in “Ocean’s Eight”, an all-woman sequel/spinoff-of the popular heist trilogy, to be released next June. In this version, Danny Ocean’s  sister Debbie attempts to pull off an impossible heist at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala.

The Maw at Figment 2015

The Maw made an appearance at Figment 2015, on Governor’s Island.

Our own video coming soon. Meanwhile look for us at about 1:20 into this one:

Figment 2015

Figment NYC #Figment #Figment2015 #GovernorsIsland

Posted by Raphael Pungin on Sunday, June 7, 2015

Just Announced: A Special Fetish Retinue Party June 1

The Baroness' Fetish Retinue Party, NYC
The Baroness will host a special Fetish Retinue party on June 1—the grand finale party of the 2014 New York Fetish Marathon. Click image to enlarge.

I’ll return to Bedlam on June 1 to cap off the 2014 New York Fetish Marathon weekend with a very special Fetish Retinue!

As usual, we’ll strictly prohibit blue jeans, white t-shirts, sneakers and baseball caps. The usual slideing-scale admission will reward fetish dress, especially those who dress to the extreme!

This party will be painful for some, and festive for all! Stay tuned for more details!

And for those who enjoyed our Holiday Fetish Retinue at the gorgeous Kingston Hall in December, we have finally posted photos here. Apologies for the delay!

The Baroness’ Twentieth Anniversary Champagne Party

Thursday night at the boutique we celebrated my twentieth anniversary as “the Grand Dame of Latex”. Champagne flowed, old friends appeared, and lube was liberally applied.

Friend and fetish model Jade Vixen was an instant hit in several of my new dresses and a halter top & short tight skirt. Alexis looked fabulous in the Baby Doll dress. Mr. Mahj (the cat) was particularly sociable.

Thank you to friends old and new who came to show support and have a little fun. Special thanks to glenar for once again serving as bartender and entertaining bon vivant, and to my main latex tech, Persephone, who—among many other things—baked an amazing display of delicious cupcakes.

For more information on our Twenty Year Celebration, read the press release.

The Baroness Celebrates 20 Years as “The Grand Dame” of Latex

The Baroness Celebrates 20 Years as Fetish/Fashion Latex Designer, Performer, and Party Promoter with Champagne and a Week-Long Store-Wide Sale.

The Baroness Latex 20 Year Anniversary
The Baroness Celebrates 20 Years as North America’s “Grand Dame of Latex”

April 20-26: 20% Discounts Online and at the Boutique

In celebration of her two-decade long reign, The Baroness is having a huge store-wide sale, both online and at her NYC boutique. Every latex design (including already-reduced items) will be marked down 20% during the week of April 20th -26th.

April 24: Celebrate with The Baroness and Enjoy Free Champagne

New Yorkers and visitors, celebrate in person with The Baroness! Enjoy champagne and 20%-off shopping on Thursday, April 24th, from 7-10pm at the boutique.

A Force for Change: The Baroness Drives Latex from Fetish to Fashion

Twenty years ago there were only three latex designers in all of North America and only one in New York: The Baroness. Beginning in a small studio in 1994, The Baroness was a pioneer, selling her latex fashions to private clients by appointment only, and wholesale to select boutiques. In 1995 she launched the world’s first online latex clothing store, at Baroness.com.

The Baroness has been instrumental in the emergence of rubber from the darkness of dungeons into the bright lights of the silver screen, high fashion catwalks and red carpet award shows. Over the past 20 years she has come to be known as “The Grand Dame of Latex”.

Early Baroness.com screenshot
Baroness.com, circa 1997

During her twenty years of exploring the unique properties of latex and its construction, The Baroness has influenced the fashion industry through collaborations with Lacoste, NYC men’s wear designer Patrik Ervell, women’s wear designer Nourish Ferrari, and Opening Ceremony. Her inflatable straight jacket was exhibited in the Fashion Institute of Technology museum.

latex Heart Dress
Ana Evans in the new Heart Dress

The Baroness’ haute couture designs have made her the go-to designer for an A-list of celebrities, latex lovers, and the fashion elite, including Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo (who she dressed for the Met Gala Punk Ball); Performers Lady GaGa, Nikki Minaj, and Beyonce; Victoria’s Secret models Naomi Campbell and Giselle; actress Chloe Sevigny; downtown diva Amanda Lepore; and burlesque dancer Dita von Teese; plus many celebrities whose affection for latex remains private.

As an authority on latex, alternative life styles, and clothing and power, The Baroness and her work have been publicized in countless books and magazines including Valerie Steele’s Fetish, Fashion, Sex and Power; The New York Times fashion section; V magazine; Vogue; The Village Voice; Mademoiselle; Maxim and others. She has been featured on both HBO’s Real Sex and The Discovery Channel.

With her flair for style and artistic vision, The Baroness has performed, lectured and hosted parties, events and fashion shows worldwide. Ten years ago she expanded to her retail boutique in New York’s East Village, with a street-level store and workshop below, where all latex designs are made by hand. This woman-owned business remains the sole latex-only shop in New York.