Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pleasure Principle

I could not be more obsessed with Dressing for Pleasure, a new-ish book about the legendary underground fetish magazine Atomage (pronounced atom age). The first issue was published in 1965 and was initially a catalog of designer John Sutcliffe's rubber and leather creations. Shortly thereafter readers began submitting photos of themselves wearing his clothes, articles were introduced, and it evolved into a full-fledged magazine. It later split into two separate titles, Atomage Rubberist and Atomage Bondage, after the rubber fetishists started taking issue with the sadomasochistic imagery. Drama! I love Atomage because although the subject matter is racy, it's hardly pornographic. And the craftsmanship of the clothes is incredible, where would Gianni Versace be without Sutcliffe & Co.? You can buy the Atomage book here and also be sure to check out this amazingly comprehensive fansite.






3 comments:

Angsthase said...

How interesting this book looks! I'd not heard of Atomage/AtomAge before, but I just got sucked into the fan-site and extricated myself to comment, because this was an amazing recommendation, thank you!

Scarlett Joy Walker said...

these photos are sooo fabulous!!!!

Mrs Gorman said...

you should see 'Dressing for Pleasure' from 1977! featured here: http://www.paulgormanis.com/?p=2603#more-2603

I think you might like it...

Really enjoy your blog