Betony Vernon (born August 15, 1968) is an American author, designer and self-described 'sexual anthropologist' based in Paris. Her works in precious metal and marble are inspired by the human body, eroticism and sexual well-being. Vernon is known for creating luxurious, durable and safe Jewel - Tools as a response to the sex toy industry.
Early life and education
Born in Tazewell, Virginia, Vernon is the third of four daughters. Her mother Ann Dearsley Vernon, was a British civil rights activist and art historian, and her father was an American pilot and inventor.
In 1992, Vernon developed her first erotic jewelry collection, naming it Sado-Chic.
After 5 years in Florence, she moved to Milan. Here she earned a master’s degree in Industrial Design from Domus Academy. At the same time she founded her first design studio “Atelier B.V.” in Milan and she created one-of-a-kind objects for Luisa Via Roma.
Vernon has collaborated with several fashion designers, including Missoni, Alain Tondowski, Gianfranco Ferré and Jean-Paul Gaultier. In 2006, she designed a neckpiece for Swarovski’s Runway Rocks project that was later used by Lady Gaga for her Paparazzi video.
Vernon made “L’Envol” in 2008, a short video for SHOWstudio and her first collaboration with Nick Knight. Betony wrote, hosted, and co-produced “The Boudoir” for MTV Italy. The episodes aired on Love Line, a show dedicated to sexual education.
In November 2012, Vernon designed the Origin Chair, a functional sculpture carved in statuary marble from Monte Altissimo, Italy. It was unveiled in December 2012 at the Triennale Museum of Design and has since traveled to MUDAC - Museum of Design and Contemporary Art, Lausanne. In November 2015, the work was exhibited in Vernon’s carte blanche for the Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur.
In 2017, Vernon unveils her Boudoir Box (1999-2000, leather case and sterling silver objects) for the first time to the general public as part of the Medusa exhibition at the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art.
- 1993 - Primordi, international design, Triennale, Milan
- 1995 - Anni 90, Arte a Milano, Triennale, Milan
- 1999 - Il Classico, Norma e Variazione, Abitare il Tempo, Verona, Italy
- 2003 - Body Craze Selfridges, London
- 2005 - Touch Me, Victoria & Albert Museum, Contemporary Gallery, London
- 2008 - Sex in Design, Design in Sex, Museum of Sex, New York
- 2009 - Red Light Design - Salone del Mobile, Milan
- 2009 - The Fashion Body - Somerset House, London
- 2011 - Alta Rom Alta Moda - Casanatense Library, Rome
- 2012 - Selling Sex - SHOWStudio, London
- 2013 - KAMA - Sex and Design, Triennale Design Museum, Milan
- 2013 - GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig, Germany
- 2015 - Nirvana - Mudac, Lausanne
- 2016 - Nirvana - Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur
- 2016 - Body - Anthropogenicbody, Wroclaw, Poland
- 2017 - Medusa - Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
- Vernon, Betony (2013). The Boudoir Bible: The Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today. Rizzoli. ISBN 0847840166.
- Colman, David (August 23, 2013). "Betony Vernon's Guardian Angel". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "Betony Vernon: Jewel Tools". Rude Magazine. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
- Zahm, Olivier (2007). "Betony Vernon". purple Magazine. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "Ana Belle - I studied jewelry techniques here with Betony... | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
- "Sado Chic Set". Arcane Gallery. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
- "Betony Vernon". Show Studio. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- Luisaviaroma. "Betony Vernon - Luisaviaroma.com". Retrieved 2016-10-11.
- "Q&A with Designer, Author and Sex Educator Betony Vernon". Time. February 13, 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "Hey Fornasetti Fanatics! More Fun Collaborations & Custom Designs". ifitshipitshere.blogspot.fr. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
- "Jean Paul Gaultier @ Paris Womenswear A/W 09". showstudio.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
- Hanania, Estelle (November 23, 2012). "Betony Vernon: Sex & Design". Nowness. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- Phoenix, Helia (April 8, 2010). Lady Gaga: Just Dance: The Biography. Orion Publishing Group. ISBN 1409115704.
- "Casa Museo Carlo Mollino". Purple Magazine. 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "L'Envol (Take Flight)' by Betony Vernon". Show Studio. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "Le Boudoir di Betony Vernon - MTV Loveline". Giovanni Consonni. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "Betony's Boudoir". V Magazine. January 23, 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "Nirvana - Strange Forms of Pleasure". Mudac. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "Nirvana - Strange forms of pleasure". Gewerbemuseum. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- Festival, Edinburgh International Fashion. "Betony Vernon". Edinburgh International Fashion Festival 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
- Vernon, Betony. "The Boudoir Box". Flaunt Magazine.
- Fortini, Amanda. [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/t-magazine/design/betony-vernon-paris-apartment.html "A Paris Boudoir Where Everything’s Meant to Be Touched." The New York Times, October 12, 2017.
- "Betony Vernon (@BetonyVernon) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
- "MEDUSA - Jewellery and Taboos". www.mam.paris.fr. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
- Madsen, Susanne (18 December 2012). "Let's Talk About Sex". Dazed. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
- Stagg, Natasha (23 January 2013). "Betony's Boudoir". V Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
- Nelson, Karin (1 February 2013). "J'adore: Betony Vernon". W. Condé Nast. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
- Brenda Strohmaier (2013). "Her mit der Gerte", Welt am Sonntag, p. 44-46, March 17, 2013.