Karlie Kloss: Victoria’s Secret Angel; Vogue cover girl, owner of a body like a thoroughbred racehorse. Now she can add another string to her already impressive bow: star of a rather raunchy sex flick.
The 19-year-old model explores her fetishistic side in a short film called Fuck Me, part of a six-part series called Fashion Fetish created for SHOWstudio‘s Selling Sex exhibition.
The series, developed by an all-female collective from the fashion industry including Liberty Ross, Lily Donaldson, Lady Amanda Harlech, Daphne Guinness and Dasha Zhukova, aspires to present sex from a female perspective through the exploration of fashion and fetish. Each week from 22 March to 1 June will see the release of a new film, with Karlie’s, directed by Ruth Hogben, being the first.
It’s a fast-paced film Karlie plays a selection of vixens: there are whips, there are suspenders, there is bondage. Have a watch and let us know what you think. Next stop, Agent Provocateur.
On the topic of fashion and fetish, SHOWstudio say:
‘If, historically speaking, a fetish is a manufactured object which has magical powers, or one that people are irrationally devoted to, fashion is a veritable fetish-factory of ‘It’ shoes, ‘Now’ bags, and garments that magically propose to make your life indefinably better.
‘On a less abstract level, fashion has been obsessed with sexual fetishism for centuries. The subtle constraint of the corset, the snugly-gloved hand, a shiny boot of leather – all staples of the well-dressed man or woman, and equally the well-equipped Sado-Masochist.
‘At the turn of the twentieth century, the Pandora’s Box of fashion fetish was blown apart – from Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s proposal of ‘rubberwear for the office’ in their seminal London boutique SEX, to Gianni Versace’s sanitised ‘Bondage Chic’ of 1992, to the power of John Galliano’s ‘Sado-Maso’ haute couture collection for Christian Dior in 2000, designers articulated the sexual peccadilloes of a select few across the international catwalks. It’s fetish as fashion.
‘Fashion Fetish hands the power entirely to female fashion professionals, asking them to address the notion of Fashion Fetish and examining their individual visions of women. In contrast with Selling Sex, which reimagines the female relationship with sex, Fashion Fetish focuses on a woman’s relationship with clothing.
‘Although as fashion historian Anne Hollander has asserted, the nude in art always wears ‘The fashion of her time’ – fashion’s influence can be felt across the naked flesh, her body as ‘fashioned’ as a corseted ball-gown. Dressed or undressed, this project offers a clear field, a blank canvas and an open mind to a selection of some of the most important women working in fashion today – designers, stylists, models and image-makers – inviting them to present their own interpretation of Fashion Fetish.
Coming of age: Karlie’s first nude shoot, with Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia December 2011 issue: