BETONY VERNON. EVEN JUST HER NAME IS EVOCATIVE. HER PHYSICAL FEATURES EVEN MORE SO, WITH HER SOFT CURVES AND FLAMING RED HAIR. A WOMAN, WITH A CAPITAL W
After her master’s degree at Domus Academy, in Milan, Betony collaborated with some of the most important fashion and design houses, including Missoni, Fornasetti, Alexander Wang and Swarovsky.
In 1992 she designed her first sado-chic body ornaments collection, which became the foundation for the first controversial Paradise Found fine erotic Jewelry design, launched in 2001.
Betony brought a new value to jewelry, adding sensual stimulation to body ornaments, taking inspiration from the world of BDSM and perfectly combining fashion and eros. Her body pieces are elegant, sophisticated, they make you want to touch them, but also to play with them, to wear them as a statement.
But Betony is not only a boundary-crossing designer. In 2013 her “Boudoir Bible” was published by Rizzoli International: The first “uninhibited Sex Guide”, and actually the first sex compendium to be written after “The Joy of Sex” in 1972. The Bible, as well as covering all basics, explores also “new territories” such as bondage, role plying and sex toys.
During this year’s Paris Haute Couture, Betony presented her long awaited second collection, in collaboration with Colette: Noble Knots. Inspired by the Japanese Shibari, the collection explores the fascinating and ancient tradition of ropes and submission. It is bold, powerful and provocative and aims to celebrate the prohibited by turning it into something explicitly visible and shockingly beautiful.
Text by Sara Kaufman