Established in 1994, the Body Perve Social Club (formerly the Bettie Page Social Club) was introduced to Vancouver audiences by the inimitable Velvet Steel. It started out as a chapter of the original BPSC in Toronto, Ontario by George Giarus of Northbound Leather, but quickly grew to become a self-sustaining entity of it’s own.
With the help of close friends and associates, Velvet devised a plan that began with the model of a “Dressing-for-Pleasure” etiquette requiring individuals dress in either Leather, Latex, Lingerie, PVC, Rubber, X-dress, Full Parade Uniforms, Costume/Fantasy, Formal Attire, or Period Dress. This was designed to promote a healthy “Dressing-for-Pleasure” sexuality among like minded-adults looking for a place to gather, socialize, meet-and-greet, dance, play, and enjoy a cocktail in a comfortable and friendly environment. Included in this concept is the use of BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism), and these activities are highly encouraged at the event.
The Body Perve Social Club grew rapidly creating the need for larger and better venues. Due to the rapid increase in participants, a clarification to the dress code was needed in order to define the standards of the club and maintain the overall fetish flavour of the evening: No jeans of any kind. No business day suits, dress pants, street wear, regular club wear, or half uniforms will be permitted. No exceptions.
Popular demand created the need for a membership roster. This was developed to give regular attendees a discount on entry, novelty items, as well as discounts at local supporting retailers. It also provided a means to inform those individuals of the special “members only” private parties that were hosted from time to time. This created a tiered entry price structure: members, invitation holders, and a regular rate for the off-the-street admissions.
It was also around this time that vendors were allowed in to create a one-of-a-kind market place that supplied fetish wear and accessories. These vendors added to the overall ambiance and fun of the evening. The Body Perve Social Club was becoming a one-stop-shop for all your fetish needs!
Entertainment has always accompanied the evening and the Body Perve Social Club believes in supporting local talent. The music of the evening is a sexy vibe and entices party goers into a heightened sense of sexuality in order to enhance their journey of lust, passion and play. The atmosphere is one of dimly lit corners, luxurious settings, mirrors, and red. Lots of red!
In Velvet’s own words “This is not a kindergarten class and we expect adults to act respectfully in a safe, sane and consensual manner.” But for clarification, a simple set of rules was created (based on a Keep It Simple philosophy).