“A celebration of sexual vitality ”

My mission is to empower women and  men to  enjoy and share greater pleasure.

Betony Vernon is a designer whose work transcends form and function. She has a keen lust for life and its principal motivators – happiness and pleasure. Her obsessions with design, beauty and the pleasures of the senses led her to become a sexual anthropologist. Pursuing her vision – to dismantle the pleasure Taboo – she first created the Paradise Found Fine Erotic Jewelry collection. This led her to the realization that our society suffers from a dire lack of sexual understanding. 20 years of design work, sexual research and personal explorations manifest in The Boudoir Bible – The Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today. The tome reflects Betony’s deep belief that everyone has the right to enjoy truly satisfying sexual relations, without prejudice.

Vernon lives in Milan and Paris. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History with a minor in metalsmithing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s degree in Industrial Design from Domus Academy, Milan. Her work has been featured in a number of international exhibitions from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to the Triennale, Milan. She has designed for several brands, including Missoni, Gianfranco Ferré, Alexander Wang and Fornasetti.

The turning point in Betony’s creative career came in 2002, when she launched her “Paradise Found – Fine Erotic Jewelry” collection. This collection debuted in 1992 with the Sado-Chic series. It became her primary focus and the bridge for her vision: to dismantle the pleasure taboo. She holds seminars at educational institutions like The European Institute of Design and Domus Academy in Milan. She also conducts “Sexual Well-Being” and “Bettering Your Sexual Skills” salons for individuals, couples and groups.

Through the experience of private consulting and public speaking, she recognized the importance of reaching a wider audience with her message centered on enhanced sexual knowledge, satisfaction and well-being. With this in mind, in 2008 she co-produced and presented “Le Boudoir”, a series of seven didactic segments for MTV Italy.

Betony’s first book The Boudoir Bible will be published by Rizzoli International in February 2013.

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Selected Exhibitions & Events

2012 – Selling Sex – group exhibition – SHOWstudio, London
2011 – AltaRomAltaModa – the “Soul-less” shoes were exhibited in the Limited/Unlimited group show of one-of-a-kind objects – Casanatense Library, Rome
2010 – Exclusive Paradise Found event for Chambre boutique, Kiev
2009 – Minerva video for SHOWstudio at The Fashion Body exhibition – Somerset House, London
2009 – Red Light Design Event – Salone del Mobile, Milan
2008 – Sex in Design, Design in Sex – Museum of Sex, New York
2005 – Touch Me – Victoria and Albert Museum – Contemporary Gallery, London
2004 – Life Ball – Elton John’s AIDS Foundation, Vienna
2003 – Collaboration on Sir Elton John’s Life Ball for HIV/AIDS research, Vienna
2003 – Body Craze – Selfridges, London
2002 – acquisition of “Science of Love” ring for the Permanent Collection – Fukui Prefecture Museum of Design, Japan
1999 – Il Classico, Norma e Variazione – Abitare il Tempo, Verona
1996 – Finarte “Convivio”, auction for the Italian National Association in the fight against AIDS, Milan
1995 – Anni '90 Arte a Milano – Triennale, Milan
1994 – Primordi, nternational design – Triennale, Milan
1994 – Evasioni – Pampaloni Missaglia, Milan

Selected Media Appearances

2012 – Betony Vernon stars in ‘Polaroid Papillon” a short advertisement/film by Olivier Zahm for Gucci-Fiat 500
2011 – Canal+ France, interview with Antoine De Caunes for “Sex with Antoine”
2011 – Le Figaro, art critic Valérie Duponchelle cites Betony Vernon as one of the most influential artists in Paris – “Le Paris du pouvoir” – March 23/2011
2011 – Canal+ France, interview for documentary film on female pleasure by Frédérique Barraja
2011 – Amor e Sexo – TV Globo, Brazil
2010 – “Mutantes” – Virginie Despentes interviews Betony Vernon for the pro-sex feminist documentary film
2010 – Karl Lagerfeld chooses head ornaments from Betony Vernon's Archives for the 2011 Pirelli Calendar
2010 – Focus on Betony Vernon – Vogue.it
2009 – En Attendant Minuit (Waiting for Midnight) – 909 productions, France
2008 – El País – Interview in documentary film series Contemporary Sex Workers
2008 – MTV Italy – Writes and performs in Le Boudoir, seven Sexual Well-Being shorts
2007 – SexTV – Canadian public broadcasting
2006 – Pink TV – Public Sex interview with Mathieu Lecerf
2005 – Paris Dernier with Frédéric Taddeï
2004 – The Banquet, Nick Knight – SHOWstudio, London

Selected Publications

2011 – High Heels: Fashion, Femininity & Seduction by Valerie Steele – Thames & Hudson
2011 – Design Behind Desire by Lisa Z. Morgan, Farameh Media, New York, USA
2008 – Style File: The World's Most Elegantly Dressed by Iké Udé – Collins Design, UK
2006 – Bordello by Vee Spears, earBOOKS, Germany

2006 – Bailey’s Democracy by David Bailey, Steidl, Gottingen, Germany
2005 – Dizionario del Gioiello Italiano del XIX e XX Secolo, Umberto Allemandi & C., Italy
2001 – Hanatsubaki Shiseido, Japan
1998 – Dictionnaire International du Bijou by Marguerite de Cerval, Éditions du Regard, France
1995 – Anni '90 Arte a Milano, Abitare Segesta Cataloghi Milano, Italy

Betony Vernon also appears regularly in international design, life style, and fashion magazines like Vogue Italia, Vogue Russia, Vogue France, Playboy, Z!NK, i-D, GQ, The Independent, Vogue Gioiello, L'Uomo Vogue, Above Magazine, Surface, Purple Fashion Magazine, Palace Costes, Harper's Bazaar, W, Berliner, aRUDE Magazine, Wallpaper*, L’Officiel, Issue One Magazine, BIG, Elle, Arena UK, Arena Turkey, New York Times, A MAGAZINE curated by Riccardo Tisci etc.

Selected Collaborations

2012 – Collaborates with Mert and Marcus for Visionaire no° 60: Religion, Curated by Riccardo Tisci/Givenchy
2011 – Designs jewels for Alexander Wang
2010 – Designs LIP stick for Fusion Beauty Inc.
2009 – Catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier, Fall/Winter 2009/2010
2008 – L’Envol video for SHOWstudio – Political Fashion
2007 – Elegant Bondage for Sam Taylor Wood, New York Times Style Magazine
2007 – Elegant Bondage for Blumarine Fall/Winter campaign by Craig McDean
2006–2008 – Collaborates with photographer Jeff Burton in the Museum House of Carlo Mollino, Turin to document the Paradise Found Fine Erotic Jewelry collection
2006 – Creates “Minerva” for Swarovski haute couture collections Runway Rocks
2005 – Elton John's AIDS Foundation, designs bejewelled boots in connection with film “Kinky Boots” directed by Jullian Jarrold
2003–2004 – Life Ball, Elton John’s AIDS Foundation, Vienna
2002–2003 – Gianfranco Ferré, designs gold and diamond collections for collectors only, Milan
2002 – Missoni, designs accessories for summer collection, Milan
2001 – Alain Tondowski, collaborates to create “Venus” bejewelled shoes, Paris
2000–2009 – Fornasetti, designs exclusive jewelry line, Milan
1999 – Pampaloni, designs The Eternal Candle and a Silver Triple Vase for “Evasioni”, Florence
1994–2009 – Fornasetti Immaginazione s.r.l. creative consultant, Milan

Selected Conferences & Public Speaking

2012 – Sexual Skills Salon hosted by Acupuncturist Sandra Chiu – Lanshin Body, New York
2011 – Sexual Skills Salon hosted by Mr.H – The Mondrian Hotel, New York
2010 – Bettering Your Sexual Skills Salons for Coco de Mer and Soho House, New York
2010 – private salon for sex worker Cindy Gallop and friends, New York
2010 – Full Body Stimulation Salon – Coco de Mer, Los Angeles
2009 – The Path to Eden – In Collaboration with Marianne Costa – women-only group salon, Paris
2006–2009 – Enhance Your Sexual Skills Salon – Soho House, London
2006 – Reading of “Silicone Flowers” – Nogood Window Gallery, Paris
2005 – Presentation of the Boudoir Box – Metropol Hotel, Moscow
2005 – Enhance Your Sexual Skills Salon – Frederick’s NY, New York
2004 – Enhance Your Sexual Skills Salon – Soho House, London
2004 – Domus Academy – Conducts design seminar, Milan
2005 – European Institute of Design – Conducts Jewelry design seminar, Milan
2003 – Enhance Your Sexual Skills Salon – Coco de Mer, London