By Elizabeth de Moya
Hollywood party promoter, costume designer and fetish model Perish Dignam seems always to be surrounded by beautiful go-go dancers scantily clad in raver costumes. He throws dubstep parties under the auspices of his company, Swoon, with themes like "Pink & Wet," "Pirates & Ninjas" and "Klown-o-ween," staged at venues including Dim Mak and Vanguard.
Hundreds of cosplay fans come out for the music, the costumes and the delights of Dignam himself, who carries a compelling mystique. Obsessed with fetishes, he calls himself an "ultrasexual," as opposed to straight, gay or bi. "I [see] being sexually attracted to something as not a gender thing. It's a fetish thing."
He adds: "A fetish doesn't need to be sexual. It's something that people can ... fantasize about, whether that's a mystical world or a costume."More »