Bondage to the People

When one thinks of bondage, the aesthetic that comes to mind is thick leather, heavy clasps and restraints such as rope, cuffs and collars. All of these elements have been present on the runway and in fashion editorials the last couple of years. And it doesn’t stop at the catwalk. Especially the leather harness and the leather choker has become popular fashion details styled with everyday outfits as easily as a handbag. Fashion magazines like Marie Claire and Vogue has even picked it up and published stories such as “How to wear Bondage to Work”. The bondage vibe just seems to have become less sexual and more fashionable. Out of all the fetishisms and erotic fantasies explored in art and fashion photography, bondage seems to be the one that seamlessly has transformed itself into a fashion trend.

But what does this mean for the bondage world the trend is originating from? The fact that bondage is becoming a cultural phenomenon present in art and fashion is in itself a proof of its importance and existence. The current move into the mainstream fashion world could be seen as a sign of a more accepting and open-minded society. Perhaps the current fashion trend can be seen as a manifestation of an increasingly open society where we are finally allowing different sexual preferences to be expressed. It no longer matters who you love in terms of race and gender and perhaps different ways of loving is becoming more accepted as well.