Impermeable Delectables is a new, UK-based online store from artist Miss Meatface, aka Kat Toronto, and her partner Garry Vanderhorne, owner of London’s Resistance Gallery.
In her guise as Miss Meatface, Kat has become known for combining retro styling and kinky photography in vivid and distinctive self-portraiture.
California-born Kat discovered John Willie’s Bizarre magazine in the late 1990s and later developed passions for the vintage rubber, vinyl and leather looks found in AtomAge.
Inspired by these interests and a love of ‘granny chic’, for the past six years Kat has been specialising in photography that captures, through her Miss Meatface character, moments of vintage submissive glamour and dominant sophistication.
But her desire to share her obsessions with the world did not end there. And finally, in November 2020, this led to the launch of the Impermeable Delectables online shop.
Impermeable Delectables now provides a chance to acquire articles that have inspired Kat’s imagination and/or been used in her work — from vintage fetish magazines to clothing and a wide selection of kinky ’n’ kitsch curios and ephemera.
“The new store is a wild mixture of new and used inspirational items that I have either worn, hand-made, used as props or taken influence from,” she explains.
“Some of my classic dresses will be up for grabs alongside old-school fetish magazines and some one-off designs in latex that I’ve recently made.
“I have always collected what I love, and what gives me ideas or sends electricity though my body and mind in order for me to create.”
The artist says she and Garry chose the name Impermeable Delectables because “it’s such a textural and fun-sounding couple of words” that together evoke “a bygone time of shiny brilliance, quintessential Britishness and intellectual exploration of the senses”.
Kat discovered the phrase ‘impermeable and delectable’ being used to describe garments depicted in a rare collection of mail order rubber missives produced by Britain’s Mackintosh Society in the 1960s.
“They were typewritten, handmade items and each one featured a real photographic print loose inside,” she says.
“I can only imagine the apprehension, delight and sheer nervousness of a customer receiving their first copy through the post way back in time, well before I was born.
“Classic Americana is full of great kitsch and Britain is full of high chintz, so I’m always
digging deep into both to create my own version of reality where one can ask ‘What would Miss Meatface do?’.”
And the answer is evidently: anything she damn well pleases!
The Impermeable Delectables website launched on Sunday November 1 and typically displays three pages of products with up to 24 items per page. The site accepts payment by PayPal only.
You can also find slightly smaller selections of items on the shop’s Instagram and Facebook pages (links below).
Our gallery below offers a representative range of goodies that are, or have been, on offer from Impermeable Delectables. New items are added regularly.
Please note that some of the items shown below have already been sold. If in doubt, check with the shop’s website, where sold items are clearly tagged ‘sold out’.
The photography of Miss Meatface/Kat Toronto is scheduled as the next fetish-related book (above) from Circa Press, publisher of Steve Diet Goedde’s book Extempore and Alejandra Guerrero’s Wicked Women.
Publication is currently scheduled for May 2021 although that might change if trading conditions at the time are not optimal.
There are no plans to hold any Impermeable Delectables stock at Resistance Gallery, Garry Vanderhorne’s Bethnal Green venue and HQ of Lucha Britannia.
Like venues right across the country, Resistance has been severely hit by the inability to host any live events for many months. As a result, we’re told, its future in these trying times is at best uncertain.