A little while ago now I went to Psycho Ward, ‘an evening of immersive psychofetishism and perverse performances’ held at Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green, and I’ve been meaning to write about it for ages. But before I go any further, a little disclaimer – the content of this post is 18+ and not really for the faint hearted…

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Now, if you know me, or follow my social media, you’ll know that over the last few months I’ve started attending a few alternative and fetish events. Quite a few people message me to ask what they’re like, or what I wear, as they’re thinking of going themselves. So I thought I’d just put it out there – so this will be the first of a series of posts about events like this, the next one being Sexhibition which I have coming up in a few weeks.

Anyway, about Psycho Ward…

The Event

Now if I’m honest, Psycho Ward was one of those events I’d been curious about for a little while, but with me being quite new to the scene, was a little apprehensive about.

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Photo by James Copeman

But I really don’t know what I was worried about. While in theory a medical fetish night has the potential to be a bit daunting and intense, in reality it was tongue in cheek and intimate. Everyone was so friendly, especially host Cynth Icorn, and it was actually one of the most comfortable atmospheres I’ve experienced at an event like that.

Perhaps that was a lot down to the attendees – this is an event that people primarily come to through an interest in medical fetish, or because they tend to mix in these circles as the norm, which resulted in a welcoming, respectful crowd. And pretty much everyone made an effort with their outfits, but more about that in a bit.

For once, I arrived at an event early, as at the start of the night Psycho Ward put on medical role play, and I wanted to get involved. Beautiful latex clad nurses dish out shots out of giant syringes, and group therapy has participants making animal noises. Another treat for early arrivals are the chance to play with toys like violet wands and vac beds. You can read a bit more about the ‘immersive therapy’ here.

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Photo by James Copeman

The venue, Resistance Gallery, is tiny, but perfect for a night like Psycho Ward. It’s dark and atmospheric, with clear plastic sheeting adorned with creepy words written in ‘blood’ giving the feel of an abandoned asylum. The ground floor holds the bar, stage and standing room, while the mezzanine level has a few pieces of medical furniture (renal beds, a proctology table, a traction table and ward beds), perfect for photo ops or a bit of play.

The Entertainment

Curated and hosted by heavy rubber model and fetish performer Cynth Icorn, Psycho Ward describes itself as a ‘hand mixed medicine’ – part fetish night, part goth club (the music played by DJ Darkstar and Heleness was my idea of perfect!), part art event and part theatre.

As would be expected, Psycho Ward featured a variety of performances along the medical theme. Here are a few pics of performers from the last couple…

I love tattoos, and beautiful women, and beautiful women with tattoos. So of course I love Aima Indigo.

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Photo by James Copeman

And Sophia Disgrace…

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Photo by James Copeman

Beatrix Carlotta put on a captivating performance as a hysterical, very bendy Victorian maniac.

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Photo by Zac Zenza

And you may recall the beautiful Syban from my post about The Goblin Kings Masquerade Ball?

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Photo by Zac Zenza

The Costumes

The dress code was ‘dress to distress’;

‘ward ware, lunatic chic, military medical, perverse patients, nyphomaniacs, demented dominas, disordered doctors, fevered fetishists, crazy club kids, art addicts, Frankenstein freaks, goth, steampunk, uniforms, alt, latex, PVC, corsets, leather.’

I was so impressed with some of the outfits. One of my favourites was latex designer Amy Statik in her own creation of pretty pastel latex and Iron Fist Glamour Guts heels with syringe headdress.

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Photo by Zac Zenza

And Cynth had the most amazing clear plastic cupped bra and head restraint.

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Seriously, look at this thing…

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Photo by Zac Zenza

And at one point in the night she randomly appeared with a cast on her arm – that’s dedication!

I also bumped into Dana Fox, the achingly cool life model I met at The Goblin Kings Masquerade Ball, with his friends looking on point. Oh yeah, these three are holding a witchy event, Coven, at Resistance Gallery at the end of August – definitely one worth a visit!

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Photo by Zac Zenza

What I Wore

Perhaps predictably, I went to Psycho Ward as a nurse – I mean, you have to, right? I was actually really pleased with my outfit, it’s one of my favourites so far.

I wore a Dexter inspired blood splatter print skater dress from my favourite clothing brand, Black Milk Clothing, but pulled down beneath my bust so my red Ann Summers bra was on display.

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Over the top I wore a new favourite – a white leather harness that I bought from Psylo in Camden. I love this so much – I’d had this outfit idea in my head for a while but struggled to find a white harness, but this one I found in the Psylo store in the maze that is The Stables Market in Camden was better than I could have hoped for. The detail on this piece is fantastic, and it was a really great price – only £78!

I finished the outfit with a stethoscope, first aid kit bag and some bloody nurse accessories which I bought from Mad World in Charing Cross. On my feet were Jeffrey Campbell Coltranes in white.

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Oh and I almost forgot the Lush Wigs Red Sea wig, which I love. I wish work would let me have my hair this colour for real…

What My Friends Wore

Despite our outfits not actually matching, Georgia and I still managed to look like a cutesy nurse duo!

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With her pink Fever wig from Mad World, she had a bit of a Nurse Joy look. Her strapless PVC dress was from Trashy, which she’d bought a while ago, and she’d customised it into a halterneck using a bespoke white leather O ring collar made for her by Carapace London.

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Photo by Zac Zenza

Speaking of Carapace London, also with us was our friend Harriet, the creative genius behind the brand. She’d made herself the most amazing, beautifully crafted patient outfit for the night, complete with bandaged head and boots! She looked incredible and in my opinion had the best outfit of the night.

I had such a fun time at Psycho Ward, it’s definitely one I’ll be going to again! And I can’t wait to check out one of Cynths other projects, Rubber Cult, which I have a ticket for in October. I need to go latex shopping…

L xx

All photos my own unless otherwise stated. Thank you Psycho Ward, James Copeman and Zac Zenza for the permission to use your photos!

Labyrinth is one of my all time favourite movies, and you know I love a reason to dress up, so how could I resist The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball?

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Image from http://www.goblin-king.co.uk/

Held at The Coronet Theatre in Elephant and Castle to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson’s cult film, and in tribute to the passing of its star and legend David Bowie, the 2016 ball was entitled ‘The Fall of The King’.

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A lot of people ask me about the more unusual events I go to, or ask advice for dress codes etc, so I thought I’d start telling you all a bit more about the stuff I do. With an emphasis on what I wear.

The Ball

The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball is an immersive dark fantasy costume event, loosely themed around Labyrinth. The blurb from the site explains it better than I can;

”This evening sees the World Turn’d Upside Down; Where Fools become Princes for one night. Where Nymphs, Bad Faeries, Goblins and other Creatures of the Night, beyond the realm of human vision, are free to dance, tempt, seduce, carry out acts of foolishness and wanton merrymaking. Dearest revellers cast aside thoughts of the next day and abandon yourselves to excesses and skullduggery, the time is upon us to witness of The Fall of The King.”

This was my first time attending the ball, but I know a few people who have been before, and from looking at the site as well, you can tell that the events follow a kind of story;

”Confusion is afoot in The Goblin Realm; tensions are at breaking point between The Goblin King’s Royal Army and a faction calling themselves The Tusk Rebels. Foul play is believed to be at hand, with many calling for an investigation into the Chancellor’s immediate clench of control. All ye who mortals who dare, choose your comrades wisely as you step forth towards the Goblin Kingdom.”

That’s a snippet, but if you’re interested you can read more here.

The detail put into the venue was great. Little details like the Bowie masks scattered in places, and small creatures from the movie.

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These two guys even put in an appearance…

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Photo by Kash R Photography

The Entertainment

Providing the entertainment at the event were a variety of underground circus, music and cabaret performers.

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I really enjoyed some of the acts at the Rebels Cabaret. Look at these beautiful pictures of Syban…

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Photos by Rob Voodoo

And this slightly more gruesome one…

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Photo by Rob Voodoo

Another performer I loved was Bambi Blue. Not only was she entertaining but just drop dead gorgeous. And so nice!

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Photo by Kash R Photography

There was life drawing arranged by Art Macabre – the two life drawing models captivated me. I actually bumped into one of them at another event recently, Dana Fox, and we linked up on Facebook. He has some really cool projects – including an event I really want to go to, Coven at The Resistance Gallery. I’m really pleased with the photo I took of them from the night.

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The Costumes

I go to a fair few things where costumes are recommended or which have a strict dress code, but I’ve never been to an event before where everyone I’ve seen has made a real effort.

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Photo by Rob Voodoo

The dress code was varied around the dark fantasy theme;

”Goblins, Bad Faeries, Terrible Trolls, Mischievous Nymphs, Unpleasant Pixies, Drunk Ogres, Denizens of The Goblin Citadel, Enchanted Creatures, David Bowie’s Many Incarnations, Neo Victorian, Venetian Masks, Ball Gowns, Dark Elves, Fawns, Satyrs, Wicked Giants, Jinn, Queen Mab, Sprites, Horrid Harlequins, Misbehaving Imps, Bogeys, Gelflings, Hags, Sylphs, Sinister Skeksis, Green Men, May Queens, Spirits of Chaos and Disorder, Pan, etc!”

I really liked this dress code, it was really open to interpretation. I actually really like dress codes in general, they’re much more fun than just wear whatever.

What I Wore

I based my outfit around my headdress, which I purchased from MieMoeShop on Etsy, and ended up with a Maleficent like dark fairy type feel.

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I would 100% recommend MieMoeShop for anything like this. The quality of the piece was fantastic and it was absolutely beautiful. There was a mixture of black flowers and feathers on a black headband, with (faux) horns and a bird skull painted silver, and a crystal hanging onto my forehead.

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My dress was the black taffeta Ophelie dress from Burleska. I almost bought the dress when I first saw it in costume shop So High Soho but I’m so glad I didn’t – they were selling it for a ridiculously overpriced £130, when you can buy it from Burleska’s own site for £84.95, or their shop in Camden for £70! I seriously cannot get over the mark up So High Soho put on it. It’s a really lovely dress, corseted (not steel boned unfortunately) with a lace and mesh high low skirt.

Sadly I don’t have a full length picture from the evening (my camera shyness is an issue when I’m writing outfit posts…), but here’s one of my trying on the full outfit in my favourite costume shop Mad World in Charing Cross when I was wig shopping.

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In the end I went for a wig from Lush Wigs, called Berry Cooler. I wanted comfortable footwear so I stuck with my trusty plum studded flats from Topshop, which went nicely with the hair. And my everyday bag, the black frilly snake bag from Vivienne Westwood Anglomania went with the outfit well. On my wrists I had latex lace effect cuffs tied with ribbon from Elissa Poppy which I bought at Le Boutique Bazaar.

Oh and for when it was a little chilly I threw on my favourite pink studded biker jacket from Killstar.

Now I cannot do my own make up to save my life, so I popped in to MAC Cosmetics in Spitalfields and got them to do it for me. I was so happy with the result! My make up artist was Ibi Molnar, she was lovely and so talented!

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What My Friends Wore

My friends and I ended up with very different outfits, all of which I felt were really indicative of our personalities. I was predictably dark and gothy.

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Photo by Rob Voodoo

Luisa of Eat Sleep Luisa Repeat was a sparkly unicorn, which is her in a nutshell.  Her horn was another Etsy headwear purchase, from seller PrincessLAB.

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Luisa’s dress is from ASOS and was on sale recently – if it’s still there in your size get it, it’s stunning. She wore it with an Ann Summers sheer black kimono, little frilly socks and her comfy black block heels, which I think she got from Vagabond.

The other member of our little friendship trip, Georgia, was an adorable kawaii cyber bunny. Her outfit evolved so much through the planning stages, and ended up completely different from her original idea.

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Photo by Rob Voodoo

It was based around a UV mask and cuffs she had custom made from Maskadelic, whose masks we saw at London Alternative Market and Le Boutique Bazaar recently. You can also find them on Etsy. Look at it glow…!

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For the base of her outfit she wore a plain white crop with a mint pastel PVC skater skirt from Black Milk Clothing, with a lace skirt from eBay on top, which gave it a bit more of a ball like vibe. Her shoes were the Jeffrey Campbell Coltranes in white which she wears all the time. They’re really cute though, and I’ve just purchased a pair myself.

Her outfit had some great details. Georgia is really into Shibari (Japanese rope tying) and it’s something I find really interesting and will be writing more about in future! She tied herself a harness of rope and hung little pocket watches from it. The white leather collar is by Carapace London – if you like harnesses and leather wear check them out!

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I have to show you my friend Sarah’s amazing head dress which SHE MADE HERSELF. Look at it, it’s majestic.

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Photo by Kash R Photography

Sarah’s friend Rhi also had a fantastic headpiece!

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So, if you’re still with me, thanks for reading all that! It was such a fun event and I’ll be keeping an eye on what else Guerrilla Zoo come up with!

I have a few more events I’ll be writing about soon, next up is Psycho Ward

L xx

All photos my own unless otherwise stated. Thank you Rob Voodoo and Kash R Photography for the permission to use your photos!