The History & Arts of the Dominatrix features across 5 pages in the World Edition of DDI magazine! October 05 2013

DDI Magazine Worldwide Edition (2013) Issue # 77

with article on the book 'The History & Arts of the Dominatrix'

 

The premiere publication dedicated to professional Dominatrices, 'DDI' magazine, features a substantial article in its current issue on my book. Across five pages, it gives its readers a taste of the book's content. I discuss how I came to write this unique publication, the first of its kind on 'The History & Arts of the Dominatrix'.

The book was inspired by the Melbourne Dominatrices whose stiletto heels clicked down footpaths in confident strides, within the leafy inner-city suburb of Fitzroy. I came to meet these ladies at a birthday party, a night fuelled by 'dirty Russian martinis'. They were intelligent, articulate and compelling women, with an open-minded and independent perspective on the world,- any one of whom you would love to enliven a dinner party. Strangely there was no book on their history, I discovered, of how long the Dominatrix been around. What was the story of her history? And what was the nature of her craft practices?

In the dungeons of Fitzroy, Melbourne, I undertook research to answer exactly these questions. From Melbourne to London and into the vaults of the British Museum and British Library, to museums all over the world, and vintage photographs and stories of 'slaves' and from the Dominatrices themselves, I learnt about their secret world and history. 

I am delighted that DDI magazine is the first publication to break news of this book. They have long been the most important publication on the Dominatrix, not only promoting professional Dominatrices but also publishing a unique archive called 'The Domina Files' - of historical women who formerly practiced the profession, with information and rare vintage photographs. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the magazine's editor, David Jackson, for sharing this knowledge with me (and the world), and allowing me to reproduce some of the rare images within my book. It was my intent that the book not only enrich the public's knowledge and library collections, but also provide the Dominatrices themselves with history on their own craft's profession, and pay tribute to their intuition, beauty, knowledge, techniques and craft which they bring to bear on their 'sessions' and 'play'. 

To the Dominatrices themselves out there - I hope this book does your story justice. 

x Anne O Nomis