I am lying on the floor with my back against a shopping trolley, wearing a pair of latex shorts that are so tight my testicles resemble vacuum-packed chestnuts. On my arm is Batman villain Poison Ivy. In a body-hugging latex green dress, glitter speckled cheeks, ivy crown and heels, the girl turns heads. In a tight polo shirt with militant stripes on the arm, skimpy latex shorts and bulky imitation Doc Martins, I look like a camp policeman in orthopaedic shoes. Through the double doors and entering the UK fetish scene for the first time any fears of the way we look fade fast.
Here’s what happens when a bondage virgin goes to a fetish club
Beginners Guide to Fetish Clubs in the UK |
Women like Kim Kardashian and Ashley Graham have been rocking the shit out of latex in public, and fetish wear has been slowly creeping into high fashion since LFW Unfortunately, while new people coming onto the scene is mostly positive, there have been a few problems. Zara du Rose , a model and fetish event organiser, says there have been times when girls and guys have failed to get consent before getting involved in sex play. At fetish clubs, dress codes exist to keep everyone safe. About 10 years ago, I was at a club and the dickhead bouncers let in a load of guys in V for Vendetta masks and ponchos.
No one comes out of the womb latex clad and armed with a whip; no matter how well versed in the art of fetish some may be, they all had to start somewhere! But never fear — all you need is a great outfit, an open mind and some basic knowledge to take your first steps into the cult of fetish clubs with ease. You may already have preconceptions about the fetish scene, BDSM and bondage; the media coupled with recent book and film releases i.
Dark techno pulses out from behind closed doors in a north London warehouse space, thumping at the walls and ceiling like God himself is pumping His fist to the beat. In the corridor just outside, people queue for the cloakroom to hand over their clothes. Coats first — then trousers, tops, bags and anything else that might get in the way. A few people disappear around a thick black curtain to get changed, but everyone is encouraged to turn up already wearing their outfits, paying heed to the strict dress code: "leather, latex, rubber, metal, nylon, lace, drag, chains, studs and naked skin".