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Models wear nothing but duct tape on the New York Fashion Week runway

They were hot and sticky.

Models redefined “sex tape” after they strutted down the New York Fashion Week runway on Sunday in nothing but risqué clothing made entirely of different types of glue.

The hot and sticky showcase was part of the sold-out The Black Tape Project, an unconventional tailoring initiative dreamed up by self-proclaimed body tape “pioneer” Joel Alvarez.

The so-called “King Of Tape” unveiled his latest line of tape-based swimwear at the Angel Orensanz Center in Manhattan on Sunday night, mesmerizing audiences with his minimalist designs.

This latest presentation was even tighter than usual – with the spartan black-and-white swimsuits barely hiding the models’ nether regions like live-action censor bars.

One of the model’s bodies was covered in spiked black tape – a racy take on the dog collar design – with black Xs acting as patties. In others, the women’s sections were covered by nothing but a skimpy tape ‘flower’ that was not connected to the rest of the getup.

Designer Joel Alvarez on the runway for Black Tape Project At New York Fashion Week Powered By Art Hearts Fashion September 2022 at Angel Orensanz Foundation on September 11, 2022 in New York City.

Designer Joel Alvarez on the runway for Black Tape Project At New York Fashion Week Powered By Art Hearts Fashion September 2022 at Angel Orensanz Foundation on September 11, 2022 in New York City.


Tacky swimwear was the brainchild of Black Tape Project founder Joel Alvarez, who uses a hodgepodge of different adhesives to create chic yet spartan beachwear.

Tacky swimwear was the brainchild of Black Tape Project founder Joel Alvarez, who uses a hodgepodge of different adhesives to create chic yet spartan beachwear.


Some of the models only had a few strips of tape covering their under-regions.

Some of the models only had a few strips of tape covering their under-regions.


A model walks the runway in her NSFW couture.

A model walks the runway in her NSFW couture.


To avoid discomfort — and perhaps an accidental bikini wax upon removal — Alvarez claims he uses “only skin-safe artistic body tape” in his huggable couture.

According to the Black Tape Project’s website, the unconventional patterns were inspired by an encounter the designer had in 2008 when she was just starting out in fashion photography. The budding designer was reportedly working with a model who “suggested I use electrical tape on her for the final look,” he said.

While Alvarez initially had no idea why she wanted to do this, he decided to comply by wrapping her in black electrical tape, telling of his first bikini design.

“Mind you, they looked like two Christmas hams wrapped in rubber bands when I finished!” mused the fashionista, who currently has over 630,000 followers on Instagram.

Fast forward a few years and it appeared that Black Tape was sticking around. By 2012, the tape maven began selling his “creative services to local Miami nightclubs,” and now showcases his designs at venues around the world, according to the fashion company’s website.

Alvarez even allows aspiring fashionistas to try out the designs for themselves: he sells tape rolls on the Black Tape Project’s website, where they range from $9.99 for black body tape to $29.99 for other colors.

“I’m focused on teaching and educating others by encouraging the world to try this new genre of body art with a collection of our own skin-friendly body tapes that I’ve curated from my own projects in the past,” he writes on the site. “This is the same tape I use every day for my live performance designs and that you see in my portfolio.”

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Emma Bowman

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