Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s shop SEX introduced fetish and bondage wear to the club and music scene in the mid 1970s. These became an integral element of punk, the anarchic godparent to 1980s style.
Fetish re-emerged in a more glamorous form in the 1980s. The first of a new wave of clubs, Skin Two, opened in 1983. Brave clubbers wore full rubber outfits and fetish gear, making use of stretch synthetics, leather, rubber, buckles and straps, worn with stilettos or thigh-high boots. The look was enriched with Glam rock elements such as luxurious gold leather and flashy jewellery.
Black and white photograph
© Derek Ridgers