Saturday, July 18, 2009

Bind me, tie me, chain me to the wall

It's safe to say that bondage is an incredibly pervasive theme in fashion at the moment. I can't swing a stick without hitting some chick a bandage dress, some sort of "wet look" thing, patent leather hooker heels, etc. I do wonder how many of these fashionistas are actually into BDSM. I wonder if they're psyched or pissed off about the fact that everyone stole their "look". Please comment if you have any insight on this matter. But anyway, this post is actually about Allen Jones. I thought that his work would be totally awesome "BDSM -spiration" for y'all. Jones is one of those artists that I feel a little bad about liking. The feminist in me thinks that he's totally annoying but the campy-soft-porn-enthusiast-fashion-freak part of me is all about it, and she always wins.


LuxiRare said...

Oh is that woman under the table real? or is she a porcelain? I would really love to own that table if its a porcelain woman.

E.K. said...

Jones did all the stuff for Kubrick in A Clockwork Orange right? It's massively objectifying, but a perfect snapshot of the times. It's a tough call, like a Franco or Rollin film. They're awesome early 70s brilliance in avant garde art, but offensive to almost everyone.

candy confections said...

I want to rock ALL those erm.. outfits?

I have no idea what members of club bondage think of this trend. I imagine they look down on the watered-down retail versions found in stores? Or maybe they're thrilled that things are cheaper/more accessible.

Chelsea said...

Yeah it is a porcelain woman. I would die to own the chair.

He actually didn't do the clockwork orange furniture. Apparently kubrick approached him to do it but wasn't willing to pay him, so he said no. And then of course Kubrick got someone else to knock his stuff off.

It's weird, I am somewhat offended by Allen Jones or Guy Bourdin and definitely Rollin but I just cant help but love them. I have an affinity for art, particularly film, from that era and the people who were doing the fucked up erotic stuff were usually really on top of their game. I feel so conflicted!

Anonymous said...

i think s&m and bondage is a consensual fantasy, so its not exactly misogynist.

Anonymous said...

I'm thrilled that there are more affordable bdsm wear out there, as I love design, so the standard S&M wear gets dull pretty quickly. And I do get a kick from seeing a very stylish woman in an outfit that wouldn't be out of place on a bdsm website, because ultimately it's all about wearing it with confidence. But I do feel a bit disappointed when I'm buying lingerie for myself and a chav/white trash is shopping next to me in Agent P - I'm clearly a snob.

I'm glad to read 'anonymous' stated that it is a consensual fantasy. I always wonder what else Vanilla couples do, especially in long term relationships, as it's all about adding variety and choice.

Chelsea said...

Luxirare--forgot to mention that Roman Polanski owns the table, typical

Anonymous #1-I totally agree that BDSM is a consensual fantasy, I did not mean to suggest otherwise. I don't find all of his work to be misogynistic but his sculptures definitely are---in the most classical sense. Laura Mulvey, proabably my favorite film theroist, wrote a really genius essay about them in the 70's, I recommend looking that up.

Anonymous #2
Thanks for the insight!