Naked Parties: No Need to Apologise

Author London Cult.
Category Culture, Lifestyle, Town
Date January 7 2024
Reading Time 3 min.

Naked Parties: No Need to Apologise

The notorious story of the “naked party” organised by Nastya Ivleeva at Moscow’s Mutabor club in the last days of December last year struck the Russian-speaking public around the world. The shock came not even from the eccentricity of the idea but rather with the repressive measures taken by the government that followed a few days after the event. The stars who attended the party, including Russian pop star Phillip Kirkorov, singer Lolita, 2010s idol Dima Bilan, and many others, had their concerts canceled and contracts for roles revoked in domestic movies and television.

Part of the reaction of the Russian authorities may have been due to the outrage of the general population of the country, who resented the presence of celebrities at an event whose dress code is fundamentally at odds with the agenda of traditional values, especially against the backdrop of war, sanctions, and the criminalisation of LGBT. Therefore, the immediate response to the nationwide outrage was a series of pre-New Year’s Eve video apologies. Some claimed to have been at the event by “walking through the wrong door,” while others assured that they were originally going to a contemporary art exhibition. Unfortunately, Ivleeva, as the main organiser of the party, has not only failed to apologize, but as of now, there is still a case in Russia about her involvement in “LGBT propaganda”. In the course of which, she has been found to have tax arrears of more than a hundred billion rubles and suspicion of extremism.

While we wish Nastya Ivleeva good luck in this case and hope for its speedy resolution without particularly strong consequences, let’s also remember that the blogger with a multi-million audience has achieved her success thanks to her amazing ability to feel and understand the latest trends in pop culture and fashion. Thus, it’s safe to predict that in 2024 “naked” parties will be more relevant than ever before. And although in Moscow, due to the above events, it is strongly recommended to hold them at home, preferably alone with a person of the opposite sex, in London, mass events of this nature no one canceled. In this article, you can learn about naked parties, for which you do not need to apologise!

Hosting a truly naked party is challenging in a society that values outfit originality as ours does. That’s why Klub Verboten holds naked parties, with a strict dress code for attendees exclusively consisting of latex, leather belts, and thick metal chains. Due to this fact, Ivleeva’s party could even be called more morally free, if not for one detail: the parties of Klub Verboten are dedicated to BDSM. Founded in 2016, this collective has managed to garner the support of Arts Council England and a crowd of thousands of regular attendees during its existence. Photos from the events, where you won’t find a single fully naked body, are filled with the spirit of freedom and creativity. People at the parties are usually dressed in incredible outfits, mixing styles from different eras with modern items of clothing made of latex of different shades. Inspired by Berlin’s underground sex parties, Klub Verboten is a real stumbling point for London’s contemporary art scene and European bohemia, and their parties often feature some pretty big names from the art world.

The London collective Killing Kittens has been organising evenings of hedonism and sexual escapades in the heart of London near Covent Garden Square for almost twenty years. The history of this collective is as unusual as the format of their parties. In 2005, it was founded by a school friend of Kate Middleton, and by now Killing Kittens is partially funded by taxpayers. The constant arsenal of entertainment that Killing Kittens offers includes a Fifty Shades of Grey-style “pleasure dungeon” and its own lady dominatrix. At the same time, in spite of such a frank party format, the guests are obliged to stay at the events in strict suits and boiler dresses, and before entering they have to sign a non-disclosure form. That’s probably why, for many years, Killing Kittens parties continue to preserve the original atmosphere of secrecy established by the collective at the time of its foundation. Now, thanks largely to the development of the Internet, their events are no longer a secret, and Killing Kittens themselves are keeping up with the times by creating their own dating app with the same name.

Torture Garden, a collective whose name has been gracing London’s underground party scene for three decades, hosts retro-themed BDSM parties. For some, this format may seem strange and unworthy of attention, but Torture Garden parties since their founding in 1990 have resonated around the world. They regularly host events in Edinburgh, Rome, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin, as well as appearing as guests in many other cities around the world. At their parties, organisers encourage guests to leave their “everyday” personas at home and let their sexual alter egos, which are inside everyone, come out. Torture Garden party-goers are treated like family, and care is always taken to ensure each guest’s comfort. In addition to parties, Torture Garden also makes films, actively participates in the performance art scene, and has even launched their own clothing brand specializing in pieces made of latex.

Rubber Cult is probably one of the most secretive organisers of such events — there is almost no information about its founders and history. However, their parties are still very popular in London, even though they are held twice a year. The infrequency of Rubber Cult’s events lends them a truly niche appeal, as even the most avid attendees of “naked” parties can’t always boast that they’ve been to them. Rubber Cult’s exclusivity also lies in the fact that their parties are exclusive events only for die-hard fans of the format, which leaves little room for art, dating sites, and their own clothing brands.