In this blog, in our magazine, and pretty much when we are out and about at latex events, shooting models and talking with designers, we are involved in the styling of this alternate haute couture we love so much. But when it comes to the making of fetish wardrobe, lots of what happens in a designer’s studio is pretty much magic. But no more. The U.K.’s Catasta Charisma, who recently partnered with ExxEss Latex, has just released his 2nd manual on creative couture creation. A 668-page downloadable PDF, the book, The Compendium of Rubber Garment Making gives us all a peek into the magic…and lots more.
The book’s first half is concerned almost exclusively with working with rubber, the 2nd with making bespoke patterns for every body part. There are sections also that are concerned with care of garment and wearer, exploring the history of the material, explorations on the world of fetish and how to use Photoshop to draft patterns.
Heath Clark, also known as Catasta Charisma—sometimes just as “Cat”—was born in 1970, in the same coal mining village where he still presently lives and creates. Charisma has exhibited his paints and drawings in galleries around the world and after closing his patchwork fabric shop three years ago, began to devote his time on rubber tailoring and came to work with ExxEss Latex. With ExxEss Charisma has been involved with the top lifestyle events we all know so well, Montreal Fetish Weekend, RubberCult London, Avantegardista, to name just a few.
Certainly one of the better-known names in our specific moda world, there is no way anyone with even a slight interest in rubber clothing making or designing in general should pass up the opportunity to purchase Catasta Charisma’s new The Compendium of Rubber Garment Making.
You can buy your copy here.