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.
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.
“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.”
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.
The Marvel comics Netflix series of Jessica Jones shot a pivotal scene for season 3 (available around January 2018) at our boutique. They completely changed the look of the window! The star, Krysten Ritter, was delightful and posed for a selfie with me.
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.
I had a great chat with perJennifer for her perNYC podcast recently, where we discussed how my creation (The Baroness Latex business) is a part of New York City. Available now through iTunes here or for Android devices here. Just look for “The Baroness” on April 10.
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 Fetish/Fashion Latex Designer, Performer, and Party Promoter with Champagne and a Week-Long Store-Wide Sale.
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”.
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.
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.