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.
I’m be at DomCon Los Angeles May 10-13. Be sure to visit my booth (#130), and on Thursday (May 10) I’ll present a lecture entitled “Power & Clothing”. Visit DomConLA for more information.
An Interview with Katharine Gates, Author of “Deviant Desires: A Tour of the Erotic Edge”
The New Book Includes The Baroness and Balloons
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.”
“People with Purpose”: a Do-Good, Shopping, and Social Event
Wednesday, August 30, 6:00-8:00 PM
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.
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.
A fashion editorial examining the condition of the contemporary American Family, by Athena Manolopoulos & Alex Konvsevick
My latex was featured in a spread of the book, and in prints that were on auction at the Williamsburg event.
Three authors read their own work to a local audience in an East Village garden on Sept 11. The Baroness read “The Little Red Dress”: her own story of the latex dress that changed her life.
If you watch local TV in the New York City area, you might see our 15 second commercial. Or you can just watch it on YouTube…
Mistakenly referred to as a “lingerie shop”, my boutique is otherwise nicely represented in this article in The Gothamist featuring nine unique and specialized NYC shops. Worth a look.
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!
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.
We’ve just rolled out seven new latex garments for Summer, all modeled by the fabulous Anna Evans: Four adorable and sexy dresses that are guaranteed to get attention this Summer; fingerless gloves (mitts) to match any latex outfit, stirrup hose, and a unique latex Sleep Mask with lace that doubles as a blindfold when you’re awake!
Sunday, December 8th, NYC: The Baroness’ Holiday Extravaganza Fetish Retinue Returns!
Where Both the Naughty and the Nice are Punished!
It’s the event of season! My Holiday Extravaganza Fetish Retinue! A party so fabulous that even the super sexy latex Mrs. Clause and a bevy of her shiny red and green elves are taking time from their busy schedules for festive cheer!
Yuletide revelry includes decorating the human Christmas tree; bondage gift wrapping; candy canings; and being hung with care on Master Vito’s suspension rig! So pack a sack full of toys and find out just who’s been naughty or nice!
Sunday, December 8th at Kingston Hall, 149 2nd Ave. (between 9th and 10th Streets, NYC), upstairs. Doors open at 9 pm.
Dress code suggestions: Santas, elves, reindeer, latex, leather, feathers, formal, fantasy, furs, and fabulous!
Free admission for the festive! $10 in full fetish, $20 in all black, $50 in street clothes. Absolutely no blue jeans, sneakers, white t-shirts, or baseball hats allowed!
Of course there’s more:
Monday, December 9: One-Day-Only Online Store-Wide Sale
20% off EVERYTHING in our online store, with FREE SHIPPING!
For those who can’t make it in person to my Annual Lubricated Shopping Holiday Cocktail Party and Sale (see below) or like to prepared further in advance, this is your chance to shop online at 20% off while also saving on shipping! No need to do anything….just shop. The 20% discount will be applied at checkout, December 9 only.
Tuesday, December 17th is our Annual Pilgrimage to Macy’s SantaLand
We make sure Santa knows exactly what I want for Christmas! This has been a tradition for quite a few years now and apparently it’s been written about on Macy’s SantaLand blog! Here are photos from last year’s visit, when Mrs. Clause got her latex skirt caught in an escalator. Fortunately a mechanic was summoned and he knew just what to do: pose for photos!
If you are interested in being a Latex Elf or Naughty Santa for The Fetish Retinue party on the 8th or to visit Santa on the 17th, call 212 529 5964 to arrange for a fitting, as soon as possible!
Thursday, December 19th, 7-10pm: My Annual Lubricated Shopping Holiday Cocktail Party and Sale.
A tradition started 9 years ago when I first opened my boutique!
Come and drink champagne, enjoy tasty hors d’ouvres, socializing, and festive cheer while you shop! Take care of those on your holiday list with a Baroness latex holiday apron in red or green, appliquéd with snow flakes, bells, or Christmas trees, (perfect for home entertaining and practical too—The spills wipe right off!) Truly a unique addition to the latex aficionado’s wardrobe, as well as being a fun way to introduce the uninitiated to the joys of latex. Other great stocking stuffers are latex stirrup hose, and mitts in either opera-length or just covering the hand. While you’re in the spirt, perhaps something for yourself!
Everything in the shop will be on sale: Corsets are 15% off, 20% off all other in-stock latex, and up to 50% off already-discounted sale items…all you have to do is say the magic words: “Merry Christmas, Baroness“!
The Baroness boutique is located at 530 B East 13th Street, between Avenues A & B, New York City and the party starts at 7pm.
Other news of note:
During this past summer our workshop was buzzing as I collaborated with Opening Ceremony, producing a limited edition skirt and top in both pink and black latex, for both their many stores around the globe and their website. Once all was delivered I sat down with their blogger and spread the gospel of latex! Read about it on the Opening Ceremony Blog.
This year for birthday festivities myself and latex lovely Alexis held court At Kingston Hall a beautiful huge space with fireplaces and a wicked back room. It was an intimate affaire with good friends, fetishists, fabulous outfits, presents, jewels, and lots of champagne. Master Vito checked out the space for suspension rigs and all agreed that it was the perfect place for my upcoming (see above) Holiday Fetish Retinue party. A lovely start to a fabulous season! See photos here.
You can also see Baroness latex worn by singer Dee Dee Penny of the Dum Dum girls, in their latest video, “Lost Boys and Girls Club” she’s wearing our black short tight skirt paired with a custom kitten top, and indulging in one my favorite fetishes…latex and water! Watch it here.
Stay shiny! Happy Holidays! And I’ll see you at the parties!