“New York's Wildest Costume Ball Ever !”

all photos ©1998 Mark McQueen
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Six hundred very dressed-up people made the Kinky Costume Ball the most successful event of its kind this season. And a great way to celebrate my birthday!

Halloween's imminent approach was obviously an inspiration. Few failed to meet the challenge of the strict dress code of fetish, formal, or costume. Due to considerable press interest, The Kinky Costume Ball attracted quite a diverse gathering. Familiar fetish divas mixed with curious newcomers in a variety of fantasies: naughty school girls, sissy maids, period gowns, and ghouls and goblins. Guests came from as far as Germany and England. I was also flattered to discover that many arranged their travel plans to attend our party before flying off to London for the Rubber Ball.

Upon entry guests received free copies of Extreme Fetish Magazine and my new 1999 calendar. Raffle winners were announced throughout the evening, benefiting the Leather Archives and Museum and the SM Safe Sex Project. Vendors sold those special items one might desire should they choose to ascend to The VIP Penthouse of Pleasure and Pain. In the huge 4th floor a DJ spun his magic for the correct mood, and even with toys and equipment there was enough room to swing a cat (or whatever else one might choose).

On the main floor the 2nd DJs pulsating beat made the crowd get up and dance as Mistress Carrie and myself sought out and rewarded those exhibiting the most delightfully scandalous behavior and original ensembles.

In accordance with the mood of the season, I created a brief ritual to acknowledge the origins of Halloween. At the stroke of midnight, the audience crowded the stage with an air of excitement and anticipation for the ceremonial rite. A gentle fog rolled onto the darkened stage and elaborately clad latex priestesses representing the four elements assumed their positions.

I designed custom pieces just for this ritual. Air was an angel in transparent latex and wings of surgical gloves. Fire wore red body makeup and a floor length cape with flames. I was clad as a mermaid symbolizing water, while Mistress Carrie was typecast as mother Earth (her 2nd baby visibly due in early December)

Ambient music and an ethereal reading cast a spell as we paid homage to nature's seasons, and invited Venus and Aphrodite, goddesses of beauty and love to join our celebration and give us their blessings.

The fashion show followed immediately with 11 of the world's leading fetish designers. Each featured 3 ensembles, revealing a diverse overview of the creativity and talent within the fetish design world. As hostess and MC, I did not show any of my own latex at this event.

The featured designs, for both men and women, ranged from total encasement, as in head to toe rubber from DV8 (cat suits worn with hip waders, industrial gloves and gas masks), to chain mail by Sonya Blaze, to total nudity accessorized with sculpted metal body jewels by Tanka of Florida.

For body control there were full leather bondage suits from Tino of New York and corsets of wire worn with period gowns by Garo Sparo. Delicious Corsets showed their insect-inspired line, worn with wings and modeled by dancers on point. London Boutique whipped the crowd into a frenzy as drag queens and beautiful boys really worked their outfits in a choreographed routine.

Polymorph from Canada showed their unique jelly-like rubber dresses in brilliantly marbleized colors. So Hip it Hurts' 40's inspired polka dot latex dress was shown with that indispensable wartime accessory, the gas mask. Angel Power featured an aging stepmother dealing with her wild latex clad daughter.

Uniforms are the height of fashion these days and there were several on view. House of Harlots' very sexy policewomen; Demask's bizarre red and black nurse complete with matching hood and various rubber appendages. For men there was a stunning transparent latex military shirt with matching jodhpurs, trimmed in black and worn with rubber riding boots. By **********

Providing the grand finale The Empress of the Universe (Medilla) emerged from a thick cloud of white smoke into the glare of spotlights wearing a regal gown with a full multi-layered net skirt, cinched by a silver leather hologram bodice, designed by Dave of Director Leathers.


A few of the portraits taken by Mark McQueen during the night (click to enlarge):

all photos ©1998 Mark McQueen
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