Fashion’s favorite fetishist gets its first museum exhibition
Zana Bayne’s show at the Museum of Sex is where fashion meets fetish. While most would consider a museum basement an unconventional backdrop for an exhibition, the dimly lit, grungy ambiance sets the tone for Zana’s subversive ‘Post-Fetish’ world. The New York-based leatherwear designer founded her brand with partner Todd Pendu in 2010 to merge their couture vision with the oft smuttily depicted S&M aesthetic. She has since become the industry’s go-to fetishist, with her coveted harnesses and leather accessories gracing magazine editorials, music videos and runways alike. The brand’s cult following includes art and fashion icons like Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Debbie Harry and Rei Kawakubo, and now, she’s lending her infamous creations for your personal viewing pleasure.
As New York City’s leading cultural authority on human sexuality, the Museum of Sex is the perfect partner for Zana’s first museum exhibition, elevating the conversation surrounding sex to a more intellectual and visual realm. The show features Zana’s latest designs in a full-scale large-scale installation as well as an archival exhibition showing custom pieces from the brand’s illustrious client roster. The beguiling display feels like walking into a historic sex dungeon, with harnessed, masked mannequins suspended from the ceiling, draped in red leather and black studded bondage wear. In addition to the immersive experience, there’s a 3-weekend pop-up shop selling Zana’s creations, including the Chrystie Street collection. For those of the non–NSFW variety who want a piece of the brand, check MoSex’s gift shop for an exclusive capsule of Zana’s pins, tees and leatherwear.
This exhibition is one of the summer’s most titillating happenings, to say the least, now on view through October. Heat up your cultural cal this season at MoSex, and let your curiosity run wild.
MoSex x Zana Bayne
Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue
On view through September 30
Pop- up shop through July 23