How Latex Went From Sex Shops To High-Fashion
Why Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and Taylor Swift are squeezing into fetish gear.
Latex may look high-tech, but the shiny, pliable fabric is almost 200 years old. Its sartorial applications were limited to waterproof macintoshes in the 1920s, but the rubber-dipped material's unique properties quickly earned it a devoted following in fetishistic communities. Before the internet, a handful of companies wielded the supply of latex, but e-commerce broke those monopolies, flooding the market with what had once been an expensive, rare material. Now, latex is experiencing something of a renaissance, appearing on red carpets and music videos, as well as high-fashion runways. Here's how it got there: