The Heritage Studio

Timeless interview with Betony Vernon, author of the Boudoir Bible, the uninhibited sex guide for today

By Sissi Macchetto


Betony Vernon is a strikingly beautiful woman of unusual, magnetic charm. You can picture her coming out of a Buick in a 40s film noir, soaked in a smoky,muffled background. She could be the leading character of a David Lynch’ movie, daring and red-haired enough. But despite her gun moll-inspired charm, Betony is a woman of the present. From designer of sado-chic jewels to sexual anthropologist and writer of The Boudoir Bible- the Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today, Betony uses her art to inspire and, furthermore, to educate. She pursues the idea that  pleasure is the real taboo, not sex itself, and she believes that sexual knowledge and sensual re-discovery of the body as a sexual whole are the response to the pornographic roles models and ideals that contaminate our sex lives today. She puts her art at the service of those who seek enhanced sexual well-being and satisfaction. The finely crafted sex objects she designs have a double purpose: they are both ornamental and they are a source of empowerment. Designed fot both women and men, her Paradise Found Fine Erotic Jewelry is an invitation to explore and push our boundaries as well as to bring the sense of sacred back into the most intimate of all rituals. And so does her book, born from years of accurate anthropological research,  The Boudoir Bible is the ultimate response to the misconceptions that inhibit our capacity to experience enhanced pleasure.
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Credits: Lara Giliberto

 Betony’ s Timeless Interview

H: Do you belong more to the past, the present or the future?

B: I belong to the now

H: What of your country’s heritage represents you the most?

B: In Italy – the food, art and architecture as well as the artisans…in France, the Tour Eiffel, bien sur!

H: Something of your family’s heritage which you would like to bring forward?

B: The spirit of invention

H: An heritage image?

B: My mother helping to spark a revolution by “sitting-in” for civil rights on Feb 1, 1960 with the Greensboro Four.

H: A place?

B: Pompei , Italy’s ancient city of pleasure

H: A word?

B:  cataglottism, better known as the french kiss!


Credits: Michael James Obrien

H: A sound?

B: Silence

H: An icon?

B:Mae West

H: An object belonging to your own heritage?

B:The Boudoir Box

H: A time in history you would like to live again? 

B: The world is too big and our time here too short to go backwards!

H: Timeless inspiration for your new collection?

B: Pleasure

H: Something heritage you would like to wear?

B: A draped dress from Madame Grès

H: Something from your present meant to become heritage?

B: The Boudoir Bible- the uninhibited sex guide for today‏

Photos Courtesy of Betony Vernon  

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