Get your spouse to wear fetish fabrics

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The chances of marrying or dating someone who shares your fetish for a particular fabric is extremely hard.  With the advent of the internet, it’s much easier.  But the cold fact remains that fetishes are primarily in the domain of men.

Roughly 3% of the population admits to having a fetish, and 95% of that 3% will be men.  While I don’t want to discourage you from pursuing your dream of finding that special someone who shares in your passion for a particular fetish, the reality is that your best bet is to find an amazing partner who loves you and is willing to satisfy your urges.

I dated several women who were happy to wear latex, vinyl, and leather fashions for me even though they did not share in the fetish.  Eventually I settled down, got married, and hoped to continue to enjoy my fetish for shiny fashions.  My wife didn’t love it, but she loved me and liked to make me happy.

I also wanted to make it easy for her to engage in my predilections.  Initially I thought that if had a large of fashions to choose from, it would make it easier for her to play along.  She could choose something conservative if going out, or something more salacious if staying in.

As our fetish wardrobe grew, her rate of wearing those fashions did not increase.  I even went so far as to custom make a pair of fleece lined vinyl lounge pants that she could wear in winter to replace the dingy cotton sweat pants she typically wore.  No cigar.

What I have found works best is to set the mood with her.  That includes going above and beyond her expectations well ahead of a request by me to indulge in fetish fashions.  Cleaning the house, fixing a meal, or even sending a note with flowers to her during the week, all work wonders when it comes time to requesting her to wearing something fetish for me.

Further more, even though I’m 3 years into married life, I can count the number of times she’s surprised me by picking out something vinyl or latex from our wardrobe as a surprise to me.  Direct communication works best, even though I would prefer her to engage me without my asking.

My advice is to keep communication open and try to get inside of your partners head to see what they want and it won’t be long before your own desires are satisfied.

Fetishism and the brain

I recently read a book entitled: Welcome to your brain – why you lose your car keys but never forget how to get home.  The book talked extensively about brain function and development.  While they didn’t explicity discuss fetishism, based on my reading I concluded that a fetish is a mapping tied to the synapses and brain segments responsible for sexual desire.

When something triggers the brain activity responsible for sexual desire, electrical activity happens in that region of the brain.  You see an attractive person naked, electrical activity occurs, next physiological responses follow (blood flow to sexual regions of the body).

In a fetishist the associated object triggers those brain regions to fire.  This is all fairly obvious and factual.  My question is how come a fetish is not developed late in life.  How come you don’t hear about fetishists who ‘discover’ their fetish at age 50?  The story is always the same – some environmental factor led to the development of a fetish in the early years (7-15).  It’s never after that period that a fetish can be formed.

If this is the case, it must mean that the development of our brain is set so that the mapping of sexual desire is done at a window of opportunity.  Just like with speech, where mapping of the brain to the production of sounds occurs during the age range of 1-3 years old, sexual desire is mapped at a specific time period.

The brain may be particularly receptive to sexual stimuli at this time.  Is it the case that confusion of sexual stimuli at a specific age range results in a fetish?  Are their genetic factors involved?  With all the media that surrounds us, I find it difficult to believe that the majority of humans don’t have fetishes.  However, formal studies show the rate of fetishism found in the general population as quite low, typically around 3%.

I wish there was more scientific analysis of fetishism, but alas the medical community seems content to let us rubberists run around in latex as much as we please without much interst in us.  Do you want more information about your fetish or do you prefer to frolic in your desires without the knowledge of their origins?

Fetish Photography

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One of my most satisfying ways of enjoying my vinyl, leather, latex fetish is by dressing up and taking pictures.  In the past I’ve hired models and bought expensive camera gear to try and get that perfect picture that captures the essence of what I find enjoyable in fetish photography.
I found that a lot of what is on the web is overly done professional photography.  The models are staged, perfectly dressed, and unnatural.  My preference is to capture an experience that is closer to reality and more natural.  I’ve sold off most of the studio lights and backdrops that I bought for fetish photography and instead opted for outdoor and natural settings.

The models I use have been friends or those that I’ve found in places like ModelMayhem.  I’ve only used an agency once, and I found the model too polished (and expensive) for my needs.  Having a fetish for textiles is such a visual experience, not 100%, but a lot of it is visual.  There is no better outlet for your creativity and desires than to try and put it on film.

I’ve posted many of my pictures in places like deviantart and flickr, but even if you never share a photo, the creative process and output can be extremely satisfying.  So what are you waiting for?  Go find a willing model and start shooting your desires!  Below are some recent fetish pics I’ve taken:

Recommended shopping for a vinyl fetish

Having a fabric fetish can lead to an expensive hobby.  On a typical year I spend anywhere between $500 and $2,000 acquiring new latex, leather, and vinyl clothing for both myself and my wife.  Finding good deals is critical, because in these economic times we’re all on a budget!  Below is a top list for some of my vinyl favorite shopping sites that I enjoy as a fabric fetishist:

  1. Artifice Clothing: You will not find a better range of vinyl outfits than here.  The photography and creativity is mind blowing.  Not the best place to find deals, but they occasionally run sales.  My advice is to save up for that favorite item – they have plenty to keep you coming back.
  2. PVC-U-Like: This site is definitely run by a fetishist who knows what he/she likes.  If you have a thing for clear plastic, there is no better site to shop than this one.  Bedding, lingerie, and outerwear all made from plastic.  Based in the UK, but the prices are reasonable.  The site is not that great, but you just can’t find this stuff anywhere else.
  3. Intimates21: It’s a rip off of forever21 – the clothes are cheap and it’s not something you’re going to add to a permanent collection, but when you pay $10 for something what do you expect.  Having said that, there is a huge selection that sometimes fits what you’re looking for.
  4. MJTrends: Why buy it when you can make it!  Get exactly what you want by designing and creating it yourself.  They sell patent vinyl, 4-way stretch vinyl, 2-way stretch vinyl, faux leather, and latex sheeting.  If you have any ambition of making fetish clothing I highly recommend you check them out.  They also have tutorials and community driven forum.
  5. Etsy: There are some extremely talented Etsy crafters out there who don’t have websites.  They sell exclusively through Etsy.  Here are my favorites:

Online shopping seems to keep growing.  5-10 years ago Ebay was one of the few places where you could find fetish clothing on the net.  Now your options are so much bigger!  The above links are just a small sampling of some of the excellent vinyl fashions that you can find on the web.  Do you have your own favorites?  Let us know by commenting below.

Enjoying a latex fabric fetish

The majority of textile fetishists fall into the same category: latex / leather / vinyl.  Of course there are variations on this – some only prefer leather, while others sublimely enjoy the crinkle, smell, and feel of plastic.  However for many of us, it is the shiny, slick feel of any of the three that is a turn on.

There are other textile fetishes (so I here) including furbies, and lycra – a close cousin to shiny fabric fetishists.  But back to the point of this article – how to best enjoy a textile / latex fetish.  I’m writing because today is November 2nd, or more importantly 3 days after my favorite holiday – Halloween.

Halloween is the best holiday of the year for so many reasons:

  1. You don’t have to buy anybody anything.
  2. Your required to go out and dress up.
  3. There is typically alcohol involved :)
  4. It is perfectly acceptable to dress as weird as you want and run a muck around town (to clubs, the diner, metro stop, etc in head to toe latex).

Halloween is the perfect holiday to enjoy whatever kind of textile fetish you have.  Get your partner, significant other, etc to play dress up for you and have fun with it.  Last year my wife wore a vinyl Geisha dress out with friends while I dressed as Kim Jong Ill.  She was my Asian concubine.

This year we went as matching vampires with vinyl capes.  She wore a latex mini skirt, black top, and vinyl boots.  Two years ago I was a doctor and she wore a Lip Service red vinyl nurse dress.  Do you see a theme?

Of course, it doesn’t have to be Halloween to dress up.  You can always do it within the privacy of your own home whenever you want.  Or, do some research and find a club close by that sponsors a fetish night.  Not in an urban area?  Don’t fret – take an overnighter to a town a couple hours away where no one knows you and feel free to bust out those latex jeans and pencil skirt.

The most important thing is to be open with your partner, take the time to enjoy your fetish, and have fun!

Musicians wearing vinyl fabrics

With their wild, sexy and sometimes absurdly fantastic outfits, who wouldn’t want to look like a rock star?  From Van Halen’s signature snake skin, skin tight pants to Madonna’s black rubber fabric elbow gloves in the Human Nature video, almost every rock star, pop star or other musician has a look that fans just love to imitate.  But did you know that many of our favorite rock stars’ outfits are made of costume fabric with reptile print or snake skin print, fake leather or rubber fabric?

Thanks to vinyl’s incredible versatility when it comes to textures, prints and colors, as well as the ease with which it can be used to assemble costumes, costume fabric, rubber fabric and fake leather have been favorites among the stylists of the stars for decades.  And the rock stars themselves love wearing outfits made of costume fabric, thanks to its flexibility and light weight, which allows them maximum range of movement when they’re performing, on the red carpet or attending a publicity event.

Back in the seventies rock bands like Kiss, Twisted Sister and Van Halen were known for their long hair and skin tight pants, often in snake skin or reptile print.  Their hundreds of thousands of fans adopted the look, bringing both mullets and leggings to street fashion.  A generation later, rock bands Poison and Bon Jovi continued the trend, firmly establishing the costume fabric and fake leather skin tight pants as not only a fad, but an actual style.  But the seventies also saw the birth of a very different kind of music: punk.

Darker, sometimes wilder and often quirkier than rock, punk spoke to a whole generation of kids growing up in economically challenging times.  Many of the outfits worn by punk bands were born out of creativity and shortness of cash; unable to afford real leather, fake leather became the material of choice for ankle length coats, heavy worker’s boots and even the quirky waistcoat.

Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders championed a punk movement that enjoyed the freedom of expression fashion deserves, but refused to kill animals to clothe themselves.  Fake leather, in snake skin or reptile print, or other forms of costume fabric like rubber fabric, offered an animal-friendly solution.

Musicians continue to love costume fabric and rubber fabric and use both kinds of vinyl in their stage costumes as well as their daily lives.  Most notably, the amazing Britney Spears uses both costume fabric and rubber fabric for her exquisitely sexy stage outfits.  With her now-familiar flirt with the world of fetish, one of her most extravagant outfits to date featured PVC nipple tassels – apparently inspired the cone bra Jean Paul Gaultier designed for Madonna.

More recently, good girl turned bad Miley Cyrus has exchanged her sweet schoolgirl look for a sexier, slinkier style that leaves her legs and midriff bare: fake leather hot pants and the tiniest of fake leather bustiers.  The switch worked for Britney and Christina, and it looks like it will work for Miley too!

When it comes to rubber fabric at its best, nobody does it better than Lady Gaga.  Wildly innovative on stage and confidently sexy when off, Lady Gaga even wears rubber fabric corsets to go shopping.  Practically every music and style magazine wants Gaga’s image to grace its cover.

Costume fabric, fake leather and rubber fabric have always been the choice of cutting edge musicians pushing the envelope of self-expression not only through their music and lyrics, but also through their costumes and videos.  Costumes made of these materials act like amplifiers to guitars, making musicians more visually memorable as performers.

Celebrities wearing vinyl

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Stretch vinyl, imitation leather, costume fabric – did you know most celebrities have outfits made of these materials hanging in their oversized walk-in closets?  Of course, celebrities are always on the cutting edge of fashion, whether they’re showing off an elegant gown designed for the red carpet or sporting a sexy outfit designed for a role.

However sumptuous the latest Valentino design may look on Cate Blanchett or how Balenciaga’s Oscar gown accentuates Nicole Kidman’s perfect beauty, it’s undeniable that celebrities make the most impact on fashion when wearing a creation specifically designed for a role we all love.  And many of these outfits make use of imitation leather, stretch vinyl and costume fabric to create a skin-tight fit that allows maximum flexibility without the hassle of getting in and out of latex.

In addition, costume fabric, imitation leather and stretch vinyl are all lighter than real leather, making them much easier to wear.  For costume designers, stretch vinyl and imitation leather offer a versatility and variety of colors and textures that are a treasure trove of inspiration.

One of the most famous imitation leather designs is the iconic catsuit.  We loved Michelle Pfeiffer in her black stretch vinyl cat suit in Batman Returns, and Halle Berry reportedly kept the catsuit she wore in the Catwoman movie, commenting that the catsuit was empowering to wear, requiring both sex appeal and confidence.

Uma Thurman as Emma Peel wearing a leather catsuit in the Avengers.Uma Thurman is known for her love of catsuits, wearing a bright yellow imitation leather catsuit with black stripes in Kill Bill Volume 1, while in The Avengers, she wore a black imitation leather catsuit both as Emma Peel and her evil clone.  Carrie-Anne Moss set a new androgynous trend in The Matrix with her black imitation leather and stretch vinyl catsuits, in some scenes combined with stunning imitation leather trench coats.  In fact, the costume designer for The Matrix, Kim Barrett, was nominated in 2001 by the Costume Designers Guild as the Best Costume Designer.

However popular imitation leather and stretch vinyl may be among costume designers, both are frequently used by designers creating a glam rock star or sexy fetish look.  Another Moss, this time super model Kate, really set a trend when she wore a pair of black imitation leather pants to the Glastonbury Festival in 2008.

Tabloids across the globe loved it, and before long fashionistas all over the world had adopted the look.  Another former waif of the nineties, French singer Vanessa Paradis, Johnny Depp’s long time girlfriend, is known for her super sexy rock star style with imitation leather pants or stretch vinyl mini skirts with go-go boots.  And then there’s former Spice Girl Posh, also known as Victoria Beckham.

Post wearing vinyl leggingsPosh is a true fashion icon and an inspiration to many of the top fashion designers around the world.  In 2008, when she made her appearance in New York together with her husband David Beckham, the soccer player, to launch their his ‘n hers Signature fragrances, Posh wore a pair of custom made thigh-high black stretch vinyl heelless platform boots by Italian Antonio Berardi.  Also one of Uma Thurman and Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite designers, Berardi started his heelless trend with in the summer of 2008 with a heelless sandal.

Regardless of who’s wearing the stretch vinyl catsuit, imitation leather pants or designer heels, it’s evident that it’s the costume, not the celebrity, that steals the show.  If you want to feel as super sexy as these celebrities without breaking the bank, just check out your favorite department store or vintage boutique.  You’ll be sure to find something that’ll make you look and feel like a million bucks!

Hot New Vinyl Fashions

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In the past decades vinyl, one of the most versatile and affordable of all materials, has slowly but surely become an integral part of western street fashion.  Artificial leather made of both matte vinyl and shiny vinyl, more often than not in black or red, is a longtime favorite of the punk and other underground communities, thanks to its flexibility and affordability.

Up and coming vinyl fetish fashionsBeautiful artificial leather corsets, shiny vinyl mini dresses, matte vinyl coats and artificial leather platform boots have been part of both street fashion and club fashion since the heyday of punk in the seventies.  In the past decade, shiny vinyl, matte vinyl and snakeskin have secured their spot in the more mainstream fashion scene with accessories like snakeskin totes, shiny vinyl handbags and artificial leather belts.

Fortunately, vinyl is not reserved only for street and alternative fashions.  Every now and then an haute couture designer reaches for a swatch of shiny vinyl or snakeskin and creates something exceptional.  Christopher Kane is one such designer.  At the London Fashion Week last February, this young British designer presented an autumn/winter collection for 2010 that the press unanimously described as “perversely-beautiful.”  Kane’s tunic-like dresses, shifts and exquisitely tailored jackets combine leather, lace and shiny vinyl as a textural backdrop for an abundance of brightly colored hand-embroidered floral designs.

For his evening wear collection, Kane takes this theme a step further, combining black leather, lace and shiny vinyl with dazzling crystal hand-embroidered designs that were inspired by the robes worn in the Vatican.  With Naomi Campbell, Vogue’s Carine Roitfield and Tonne Goodman, as well as the owner of Arcadia, Sir Philip Green in the front row, you can expect Kane’s innovative and beautiful leather, lace and shiny vinyl designs to appear on the street fashion scene within the next months.

Another designer whose collection never fails to make our jaws drop is Marc Jacobs.  This year, Jacob’s spring/summer collection features treasures like his high-heeled gold snakeskin shoe, and his unique tarnished silver high-heeled sandals.  True to his reputation of putting a new twist on casual chique, Jacobs also offers a flat silver thong sandal that combines matte vinyl and shiny vinyl for a stylish contrast, and a Japanese-style flat sandal in a combination of red velvet and shiny vinyl.

As always, his bags come in a large variety of styles and sizes, ranging from the Jen tote, made of silver matte vinyl with brass tack work, to the Absinthe, a minimalist artificial leather hand tote made of a grey matte vinyl with an elegant clasp and lock, and one of our personal favorites, the Tulip, a small snakeskin hand tote available in pink and turquoise.

The acclaimed French designer Christian Louboutin, of Jlo and David Lynch fame, offers a fall/winter 2011 collection that demonstrates a truly exceptional use of matte vinyl, shiny vinyl and snakeskin.  We thought he couldn’t top our favorite summer sandal – the white leather and shiny vinyl Engin Spikes – but Louboutin’s newest selection of handbags and shoes is exciting, daring and above all sexy.  From thigh-high red studded lace-up boots to snakeskin accents on both bags and the highest heels, Louboutin yet again demonstrates his mastery with leather, matte vinyl and snakeskin.

No matter what your taste or scene is, there’s plenty of fashion fun to be had this summer and autumn/winter season with your favorite designs available in fetish fabrics like matte vinyl, latex sheeting, snakeskin and many other others.  Keep an eye out for the newest collections in the stores to mix and match all your favorite pieces and remember – fashion fads are temporary, but vinyl is forever.

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Fetish Model Mosh posing in a latex dress for a MJTrends ad.

The background of latex sheeting

Where does Latex Sheeting Come From?

The primary source of latex comes from the rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis), and though latex is also contained in the roots, stems, branches, bark, leaves, and fruit of many other different plants, it is primarily derived from the rubber tree. Most of the world’s commercial latex is exported from SouthEast Asia – Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and other countries in that region. The rubber tree orginated from Brazil, but that country no longer plays a major role in the commercial export of latex.

How is Latex Sheeting Made?

To get to the latex, rubber tappers cut light slits into the bark of the rubber tree in the early morning, because the latex drips best when the air is cool. The latex drips into cups attached to the tree for a few hours. At this stage, the latex is about two-thirds water with small amounts of rubber. Once collected, the latex drippings are taken to a rubber factory to heat and mix. It is combined with acid, air and other ingredients at very hot temperatures, turning it to a liquid rubber which coagulates to form solid curds, or crude rubber. It is during this heating stage when the latex is vulcanized, adding sulfur to form a harder and more stable product. Latex that is not vulcanized gets sticky when it is hot and brittle when it is cold. Once the crude rubber has been produced, the liquid rubber can be turned into any shape, but is most often pressed through rollers first to remove excess liquid, turning it to paper thin sheets. These are hung to dry, then packed in rolled bolts for shipment to rubber manufacturers.

Synthetic rubber, which now makes up about 65 percent of the market, is made by emulsifying two chemicals, butadiene, and styrene, both made from oil. It is most commonly used in the tire industry.

What is Latex Used For?

Thousands of products are made from rubber. Automobile tires, tennis shoes, belts, band-aids, boots, raincoats, combs, balls, rafts, toys, paints, and mattresses. The list goes on and on.

Latex also has many uses in the medical field, such as condoms, tubing, and sterile surgical gloves for use in hospitals and doctors offices. It’s used in sports equipment and sterile food packaging. Perhaps the most interesting use is as garments for rubber fetishists.

Latex sheeting is sold to manufacturers who cut and then glue the material into custom made clothing. Latex in its liquid form can also be used with molds to create seamless garments. The molds are dipped and set aside to dry. The latex is then peeled from the molds. Gloves, stockings, and a variety of other items can be made using this process.


The English word “rubber” was first used in the 18th Century when an English chemist discovered that latex could “rub out” pencil marks!

Latex fabric is obtained from fiber made from latex, a colorless or milky sap of certain plants. It is usually used with other fibers to make fabrics like spandex and foundation garments. Latex fabric is waterproof and natural rubber is heat resistant.

Please visit our sponsor: MJTrends.com if you are interested in purchasing latex sheeting.  MJTrends has a variety of colors and thicknesses available for purchase and you can also find a wealth of knowledge at their site on making latex clothing.

Model wearing white latex fetish stockings for MJTrends ad.

Developing a latex fetish

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It’s been my point to log on and write a few articles that my wife and I think users would find interesting relating to my fetish for latex and basically all fabrics shiny: leather, vinyl, pvc, patent vinyl, etc.

It all started when I was younger than 5 years old.  For some reason which I cannot describe I loved to rub the maligned tag of my baby blanket against my face.  It was comforting and felt good.  The tag was probably some sort of vinyl or sateen, and it had a bit of sheen and slick texture about it.

From there, I found myself attracted to shiny materials.  I would sneak plastic bags into my bed and rub them against me.  G.I. Joe characters with vinyl wetsuits were my favorite to play in the tub with.  From an exceptionally young age I had mapped my brain to associate comfort / sexuality with plastic-like materials.

Later, as I entered puberty I discovered women in vinyl clothing via the family Spiegal magazine or the occasional Victoria’s Secret catalog.  I believe at this point my fate was pretty well set.  By the time I was in High School I knew of my proclivity and actively sought out any media which had it.

I had a girlfriend in High School who loved to satisfy my wants, and we shopped at the mall in search of vinyl clothing.  It was with her that I discovered latex on a weekend trip to a sex shop in the city where she gladly obliged to try on some items and we bought a latex skirt.

Now I’m married, and while my wife has no desire to wear any of my favorite items, she regularly does out of her love and affection for me.  We had an understanding prior to marriage of my fetish, and she has been extremely accepting of it, engaging in it at a level that she is comfortable with and that satisfies me.

I don’t know if a fetish is a good or a bad thing.  Lucky for me, it doesn’t affect my quality of life.  It’s super easy to get turned on, and it creates a bond for me between my wife and I that makes me feel exceptionally close to her.  I think it’s somewhat of an annoyance for her, but we all have our hiccups and the good outweighs the bad.

For any of you who may have a fetish for textiles or certain fabrics, I would encourage you to be open about it, speak with a loved one once you have reached a level of trust and comfort, and be realistic about the level of engagement that you can achieve.  Both of you should be happy and comfortable.  It’s a great way to improve on your relationship and feel closer.