Book review: Latex Fashion Photography: Slick, Shiny, Sexy

 


Goliath Books is a publisher of art and photography books. Founded in 1997, and specializing in publishing daring photography and art books.


Goliath's release "Latex Fashion Photography: Slick Shiny, Sexy" is a giant and beautifully bound coffee-table hardcover book. The book is 384 pages and the dimensions are 7.1 x 10.3 inches.

There are over 400 images by 60 photographers featuring 30 latex designers and over 30 top alt/fetish models such as Mosh, Ulorin Vex, Bianca Beauchamp and many others. The editor of the book is Miki Bunge and the cover photo was shot by Fräulein Erhardt featuing the model Lilith.

 

Model: Bianca Beauchamp. Designer: Polymorphe. Photographer: Martin Perreault.

 

After the contents page, there is a short introduction presented in several languages (English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish) discussing the fact that mainstream musicians such as Katy Perry, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga have been wearing latex attire in their videos and performances which in turn has helped latex fetish wear become more accepted. Each page has a listing of the photographer, latex designer, and model. 

 

Model: Ulorin Vex. Latex designer: Violaceous Latex. Photographer: Allam Amato.


The settings vary from outdoors to elegant interiors with well lit to sometimes dramatic, moody lighting. One outdoor, creative photo set is taken at playground and another set is shot next to beach with the model posing on rusty metal structures. Another photo set that stands out to me is shot by photographer Marcus Gloger with model Shadow Vegas in Westward Bound clothing. The model Shadow Vegas wears a sleek latex catsuit with helmet and poses on a motorcycle in a parking garage. This is sleek, futuristic imagery. 

Some models that stand out in the book are Bianca Beauchamp, Mosh, Sister Sinister, and Ulorin Vex. There are quite a few European models I haven't recognized before, but I'm sure are well known in Europe.

 

Model: Mosh. Designer: Black Lickorish. Photographer: Allan Amato.


Why is latex fetishized? The garment forms a "second skin" with erotic physical sensations produced by the material. The material can be polished to be shiny and provides a visual stimulus to the wearer and viewer. The first time I remember seeing a latex/pvc outfit was when I watched Batman Returns in 1992. Who can forget Michelle Pfieffer as Catwoman?


Model: October Noire. Photographer: Emma Delves-Broughton.

 

The back-end of the book has a comprehensive listing and resource of photographers, designers, and latex shops. This book is the most impressive and largest Goliath Books release I have had the pleasure of coming across. ~ Danny Stygion

 

Publisher: GOLIATH - www.goliathbooks.com

ISBN-13: 978-3-936709-46-9

 

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