If you've ever wished you could hide in plain sight but not blend into the background too boringly, then you probably intuitively understand the appeal of encasing yourself from toe to top of your head, face included, in a skintight nylon/spandex bodysuit. Zentai, it won't surprise you to know, originated - where else - in Japan during the 1980s. As it spread west, various companies began designing their own flashy versions, the flashiest of which is without a doubt the Morphsuits one festooned in 20,000 diamonds and priced accordingly. "If you like bling, shiny things and have £1million lying around," note the Morphsuiters (so named because "everyone who wore them morphed into a more fun version of themselves"), "the one and only Million Pound Morph is the morphsuit for you." (via)
The question for me is this: why would any morphsuit, diamond encrusted or otherwise, be for anyone?
"It’s like a portable safety blanket," explains one enthusiast, "like you’re pulling the sheets up over your head." While another compares it to "an all-over hug." What most everyone who enjoys zentai'ing as a normal part of daily life - grocery shopping; cooking dinner; playing video games with (non-morphsuited) pals - all seem to agree on is that they love the way the suits render them anonymous, invisible almost, and yet manage to turn them into a spectacle at the same time. (image)
And a touch cyborg'ish too, I think. The facelessness, in particular, makes the point of interest what's going on inside the suit. Which is what most of the Rich & Famous want to be loved for. Not their money, nor their flashily fabulous taste in morphsuits, but themselves. Which is a large part of what this trend speaks to, IMO. (image)
Here is the podcast I recorded about this morphsuit and how I think it fits into the vibe of the Supremium fashion tribe:
- Lesley Scott