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How BDSM Culture Plays A Role In The Fashion Industry

How BDSM Culture Plays A Role In The Fashion Industry

Most people in their twenties keep up with the latest fashion trends, and pick up on which they like best. Over the course of 2016 there have been little trends that I’ve noticed touch upon BDSM culture, which might or might not be a shock. Right now the biggest influences in the fashion industry are the Kardashian’s, particularly Kim and Kylie and they aren’t shy on these BDSM trends either. 

BDSM stands for bondage, discipline and sadomasochism and is basically a kink which involves a submissive and dominant. As you’ve guessed the dominant takes control and the submissive has all the power placed on them. The fashion industry has taken inspiration from other cultures in the past, a big one being punk culture to bring a bold statement. But BDSM has been thrown into the media forefront and somewhat normalised not only through fashion, but also in the music and film industry with the release of ’50 Shades of Grey’ last year.

The most common BDSM fashion statement has been chokers. 

Whether it’s velvet, leather or whatever most people now own at least one choker - even I have one now. You can argue that chokers are just another fad which will die out in a couple months, and I’ve not doubt in my mind that this is possible. However, chokers originally stemmed from the 1860’s when prostitutes would wear a thin black ribbon around their neck, to symbolise their line of work. As the centuries went on, BDSM culture quickly took to chokers demonstrating power play and the use of a choker is pretty self explanatory.

Going back to my previous statement about the Kardashian’s, Kim and Kylie have demonstrated their likeness to BDSM stylised items through their love for latex.

The Kardashian’s have gained a huge following online, and Kylie Jenner for example has been able to influence millions of young impressionable women around the world (remember the huge lips viral videos?). Materials like PVC and latex are commonly associated with BDSM culture, along with leather and harnesses. Now not only have celebrities been snapped wearing these particular pieces, but they’re now available online to the general public through websites like ASOS.

A quick search of ‘choker’ on ASOS brings up 669 results, other key words like ‘latex’ and ‘PVC’ don’t bring up quite as many results but they still show skin tight dresses and so on. Fashion is forever changing, but trends associated with BDSM culture seem to inevitably come around faster than others, and are used for that shock factor. The connotations linked to BDSM highlight something that is hyper sexualised and still taboo in daily life, which is bound to be the case as not every Tom, Dick and Harry is interested in it sexually.

Rihanna is another celebrity who capitalises on BDSM culture, especially in the last year or so when her fans have referred to her as ‘Bad Gal RiRi’ on and off stage. One trend in particular she's latched onto is leather thigh high boots. If we relayed this back to the kink, thigh high boots would be worn by a dominatrix (a dominant female) as part of her attire. Whereas Rihanna not only wears these on stage, but has taken it further in her latest tour with boots all the way up to her hips attached together by a harness across her stomach.  

It is questionable whether or not bringing BDSM culture into the fashion industry, is shining a light on what most would consider 'taboo' exposing more people to the kink itself. Or whether these celebrities are not realising that these young and impressionable women, are then looking into wearing these 'on trend' pieces and hyper sexualising themselves too soon.

Once the craze dies down, it'll be interesting to see how fast BDSM culture comes back around in the fashion industry and what in particular is glorified for public consumption.  

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