What is Zentai???
Skin tight suits that cover the entire
body are commonly called zentai (from
the Japanese ゼンタイ). This is possibly a
contraction of zenshin taitsu (全身タイツ)
or "full-body tights". Zentai
is most commonly made using nylon/spandex
blends, but other materials such as cotton
and wool are used as well.
Such suits are used in the arts to diminish
the presence of an actor in a scene. In
fact, in the traditional Japanese art
of puppetry called bunraku the apprentice
performers are completely covered in black
garments against a black background to
produce the same effect. Zentai is also
used by artists as a medium to accentuate
the body, sometimes making use of vibrant
patterns. By making the performer anonymous,
the performance of the body itself becomes
the focus. Flesh tone cotton suits are
often used by cosplayers in Japan to provide
a base layer that looks like the cel-shaded
skin of the animated character.
In film and television special effects,
solid-colored zentai suits are sometimes
used to chroma-key or digitally remove
actors from a scene.
Practical uses aside, zentai is most
often associated with spandex fetishism.
Indeed, zentai fechi (ゼンタイフェチ) literally
means "zentai fetish". Some
zentai fetishists are after the experience
of total enclosure, while for others it
provides a way to anonymously enjoy exhibitionism.
One might also experience it as a form
of sexual bondage, even though it does
not restrict the motion of the body.
However, there are some who enjoy zentai
for the sensory novelty or physical comfort
without any sexual connotations. People
with autism can find it calming to wear
spandex garments. Some even find it useful
as an aid for meditation. It can provide
a medium for body awareness, a focus for
mediatation via the senses, or a symbolic
barrier between the self and the world.
What is Catsuit???
A catsuit is a skin-tight one-piece garment
with sleeves and long legs, and sometimes
with feet or gloves, sometimes with a
Unlike a unitard, its use rarely involves
sports, and it may be made of leather,
rubber, PVC, or velour instead of spandex.
It is identical to a unitard in construction,
but the term 'catsuit' tends to be preferred
in fancy-dress costume or erotic contexts.
A latex catsuit is made from latex fabric.
It is tightly fit, opaque, and stretchy,
and covers every square millimetre of
What is Spandex fetishism???
Spandex fetishism is a fetishistic attraction
to people wearing shiny stretch fabrics
or, in certain cases, to the garments
Many people refer to spandex fetishism
as Lycra fetishism, although Lycra is
INVISTA's trademark for their own brand
of spandex fabric.
One reason why spandex and other tight
fabrics may be fetishised is that the
garment forms a "second skin," acting as a fetishistic surrogate for
the wearer's own skin. Wearers of skin-tight
spandex garments can appear naked or coated
in a shiny substance like paint. The tightness
of the garments may also be seen as sexual
Spandex is often produced in bright colours.
Spandex fetishism often involves dressing
up in the material, or looking at it worn
by sexual partners, or fantasies about
wearers of skin-tight spandex garments
such as athletes, acrobats, gymnasts,
dancers, swimmers and contortionists.
In comic books, superheroes, superheroines,
and supervillains are generally depicted
as wearing costumes made of spandex or
a similar material. Fantasies involving
superheroes or the wearing of superhero
costumes are commonly associated with
spandex fetishism. This type of fetishism
is usually restricted to men. In superheroine-fetishistic
pornography, the superheroines, who are
either dressed up as either canonical
characters or characters invented solely
for the fetish, are typically in some
sort of trouble, such as bound or fighting
supervillains (who are usually also female).
The superheroines always wear skintight,
very flashy and bright-coloured costumes
that usually cover only just enough of
the female body to be presentable.
Full-body suits called zentai entirely
immerse the wearer in skin tight fabric.
The suits are essentially catsuits with
gloves, feet, and a hood. The wearer gets
to experience total enclosure and those
who enjoy erotic objectification might
make use of the garment's anonymizing
aspect. Zentai fetishism appears to be
quite popular in Japan and Europe.
Kigurumi, a form of Japanese costuming,
often makes use of lyrca as artificial
What is Rubber fetishism???
Rubber fetishism is the fetishistic attraction
to people wearing rubber, or in certain
cases, to the garments themselves. Closely
related to rubber fetishism is PVC fetishism,
related to shiny clothes made of the synthetic
plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Some "PVC" clothes are actually
made from a mixture of polyester (58-80%)
and polyurethane (PU) (20-42%). Just to
add to the confusion, this is sometimes
described as just "PU". An alternative
mix includes PVC (63%), polyester (27%),
and PU (10%). Pure PU clothes seem rare.
The alt.lycra FAQ notes that PU "is
a type of 'plastic' material that is very
similar to rubber in many respects but
has many superior characteristics and
none of rubber's 'bad' habits."
One reason why rubber and other tight
shiny fabrics may be fetishised is perhaps
that the garment forms a "second
skin" that acts as a fetishistic
surrogate for the wearer's own skin. Thus,
wearers of skin-tight rubber or PVC garments
may be perceived by the viewer as being
naked, or simply coated in a shiny substance
like paint. Rubber and PVC can also be
polished to be shiny and can also be produced
in bright colours, adding further visual
stimulus to add to the physical sensations
produced by the material. The tightness
of the garments may also be viewed as
a kind of sexual bondage. The smell of
latex rubber is also a turn-on for some
However, some rubber enthusiasts are
also turned on by the wearing of draped
rubber garments such as cloaks. Other
rubber paraphernalia, such as gas masks
and Wellington boots, are also often added
to the scenario. Some PVC enthusiasts
are turned on by PVC Hazmat suits and
other forms of industrial protective clothing.
One variant of rubber fetishism involves
Mackintoshes, a form of overcoat made
out of rubberized fabric named after their
Scottish inventor Charles Macintosh. This
appears to be a peculiarly British form
of rubber fetishism.
Rubber fetishism often involves dressing
up in the material, or looking at it worn
by sexual partners, or fantasies about
wearers of skin-tight rubber garments,
such as divers and workers wearing industrial
protective clothing. Another common stereotype
of is the image of a dominatrix wearing
a skin-tight rubber or PVC catsuit.
For hygienic reasons, many sex toys such
as dildos and butt plugs are made from
rubber or similar materials, and this
is also a factor in rubber fetishism.
Some rubber fetishists are also medical
fetishists or have an interest in klismaphilia.
The "Batman" films made heavy
use of rubber and PVC imagery for Batman
and Catwoman's costumes respectively.
A substantial industry exists to produce
specialist rubber fetish clothing garments
for rubber enthusiasts.
Latex care ???
How to Wear and Care for your Latex Clothing
Many people enjoy the feeling and look of latex clothing and costumes, and with the proper caution, care, and maintenance, your latex clothing can provide many years of pleasure and wear.
Tips on How to Wear Latex Garments
Latex clothing can be tricky to put on and take off, but if you keep the following tips in mind, putting on and removing your latex garments won’t be nearly as much nuisance!
Pulling on latex clothing – which tends to be tight and fit snugly – can easily damage it, leaving permanent finger marks, stretching, or even rips and tears, in the material. Have patience, and use baby powder generously on the inside of your garments. Another option is to use a silicone-based shining product or a NON oil-based lubricant to make putting on your clothing easier.
Instead of grabbing the latex material with your fingers, which increases the likelihood of leaving finger indentations or causing damage to your clothing, use your whole hand to pull the clothing. Use your hand to shift the latex and gradually shift until the garment is in place properly and you are comfortable. Use as much baby powder or lube as you feel you need; excess can always be wiped off as needed.
Be sure to watch your fingernails and any sharp edges on jewelry or watches, as these will catch the latex and possibly cause a tear.
To remove your clothing, follow this same ‘pull and shift’ method to remove garments with care.
Washing and Cleaning Latex Clothing
Be certain to wash your latex garments after each use. When wearing latex, sweating is common and can be increased by the constriction of this type of material and snug fit. Washing your clothing after each wear will remove the sweat and odor from the latex material and will help the costume look it’s best for years to come.
Use a small amount of soft soap in lukewarm water to rinse your garments thoroughly. Do not scrub them, as this may damage the latex, but wipe with a soft cloth inside and out and rinse completely. Do NOT wring out your clothing; it is more than sufficient to gently shake the garment to shake free excess water, pat with a towel to soak up remaining moisture, and hang to air-dry in a room temperature setting. Any remaining water streaks can be gently wiped away with a soft cloth as your clothes are drying. You may want to lightly shake some baby powder inside your garments as they are drying to prevent sticking.
Properly Storing your Latex
It’s recommended to store your latex clothing in a cool, dark, dry space. A garment bag is preferred to protect your clothing. Use a broad plastic hanger to help your garment keep its shape; wire hangers, thin hangers, or hanging an outfit from the straps may cause the outfit to lose its shape.
DO NOT store your clothing in direct sunlight; the sun’s rays will cause the latex material to rapidly deteriorate or even turn white. Though you may use silicone products to help cover this if it should happen, the best advice is to avoid storing clothing in sunlight from the start.
Want to Shine Your Latex Clothing?
If you’ve seen latex in photoshoots or clubs, it probably appears smooth and very shiny. When you first purchase an outfit, you may be disappointed to see that the latex appears to have more of a ‘matte’ finish. Similar to leather, latex requires shining and care in order to look its best and develop a bright sheen.
You can use a silicone spray made for Latex to polish and build the shine of your garment. Other products, including household polishes, are not recommended for use. The more often you spend time polishing and shining the latex with a soft cloth, the shinier it can appear.
Building a shine is as simple as three steps: first, spray one side of your outfit entirely. Let the silicone spray seep into the latex material, and do not rub, pat, or wipe it. Turn your outfit over once it has dried and proceed to spray the other side. Taking care to spread the silicone spray softly into areas you may have missed, make sure you have covered all areas. Once the garment is dry, pick it up and examine it carefully to ensure you have thoroughly shined the entire garment. After this initial application, you may notice a shine beginning to build within three to four thorough applications. Once you begin to notice a shine, do not stop polishing and maintaining your clothing! Though you may wish to step back the frequency of building the shine, your outfit does require maintenance in order to build and maintain the shine you worked so hard to create.
Some Words of Caution Regarding Care of Latex
Latex is a very sensitive material, which burns easily. For this reason, you may wish to carefully avoid storing or hanging your clothing near heaters or heat sources, avoiding fire, flame, and cigarettes/cigars. Similarly, avoid storing clothing in damp spaces or in direct sunlight or fluorescent light to avoid fading and deterioration of the latex material. Fingernails, watches, and sharp edges on jewelry can catch and tear your clothing. Metals such as copper, brass, and bronze will stain your clothing if permitted to come into contact with one another. Makeup and perfume may stain or even break down the latex material and should also be avoided. Lastly, avoid oil-based products when wearing your latex clothing and opt for non-harmful water-based ones.
If you follow these tips for wearing and caring for your latex clothing, your outfit should provide you with years of happy use and satisfaction.