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METAL CHASTITY COUTURE
World renowned artist and metalsmith Ira Sherman's works are conceptual sculptural machines molded to the
human form that regulate and prevent aggressive, sexual, antisocial behaviors. The technical and visual artistry
of Sherman's sexually graphic couture becomes its own reward all the while evoking a paradox of feelings melding
elegant sexy flirtatiousness and vicious punishing empowerment.....Delicate tendrils of glimmering steel forged
into mechanized armored lingerie, flexible stainless cable g-strings, steel mesh codpieces, vaginal armor, flame
throwing penises and chain laced corsets with flirty chain link garter belts.
"................Pop Surrealist Prosthesis, Steampunk Modern Authoritative Fashions, Medieval
Burlesque Steel Undergarments secured to bodies needing safety locks but with fabulously crafted
mechanized steel, stainless steel and semi-precious gems"
Chastity has been an integral part of human sexuality. Since ancient times the tension between the natural
desires and the demands of religious beliefs that focus on virgin values and both have shaped the human
attitudes towards sexual expression and human experience. Chastity, whether imposed as a demonstration of
power and control or as a voluntarily discipline, immediately conjures a moral paradox.
"Grab ’em by the pussy....You can do anything."....Donald Trump
Rape culture normalizes misogyny and entitlement to women's bodies, allowing uninvited forced kisses, gropes, and genital grabs.
Inspired by these recent highly publicized presidential revelations, sculptor and fashion designer Ira Sherman has created haute
couture Fashion concepts that seriously deter uninvited sexual aggression. Sherman’s fashions meld traditional industrial
materials into exquisite wearable sculptures that confront the complex issues related to sexual objectification, rape and freedom of
expression in our hypersexualized culture. Sherman explores the boundaries of these phenomena melding traditional industrial
materials into elegant armored fashions with his new collections of steel Chastity Couture. Featured in runway events in Chicago,
Denver and San Francisco, Sherman’s wearable sculptures objectify the wearer while also empowering and protecting them from
unwanted sexual advances. The result is spectacular and confounding, and illuminates the duality of our culture’s hypersexualized
media and western puritanical values.