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CULT EROTICA AND FASHION: THE NIGHT PORTER

I have a tendency to comedy, brightness and positivity in my films in general – with some exceptions, for example Spectrophilia where a melancholic confession required a film with a different tone. Yet I deeply appreciate the work of some other authors that have dealt with erotica from a different and sometimes darker perspective…

 

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For example Liliana Cavani’s mythical film The Night Porter (1974), which was already quite controversial when first released. It’s the story of a sadomasochistic relationship between a former SS officer (Dirk Bogarde) and one of his prisoners (a stunning Charlotte Rampling). When they come across each other after the war, they can’t help engaging in a crazy, addictive and consuming passion with – of course!! – terrible consequences…

Beyond its plot and due to the mesmerizing atmosphere, elaborated sensuality and powerful aesthetics, The Night Porter has influenced fashion, design and erotic imagery until today.

 

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For example, Marc Jacobs built an entire pret-à-porter collection around the film. It was of course controversial, as it always happens when fashion meets sex somehow, and featured models handcuffed to their handbags, a lot of transparencies, gorgeous suspender belts and even a set of elevators built for the show after the one in the movie!

 

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Maybe you don’t have the budget for Vuitton, but don’t worry! I am also inspired by the aesthetics of European erotic films from the 70s, and in my store you can find a bunch of related items by brands such as the exquisite Maison Close from France.

 

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Charlotte Rampling made popular the suspenders over naked breasts in one of the most famous scenes in the movie. Right, suspenders by Maison Close available at my store!
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Eye masks and military caps also became iconic (left, Le Sublime eyemask by Maison Close)

Inspired…? Sometimes a staged look with marvelous lingerie can be sexier than being fully naked, a promise of erotic stories to come!

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