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CHARLES GUYETTE: Godfather of American Fetish Art ((Vintage Fetish History, Irving Klaw, John Willie, Yva Richard)) Paperback – July 28, 2017
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"If New York collector, writer and fetish historian Richard Pérez Seves had not decided to assemble what he knew about Charles Guyette (along with a substantial selection of images) into this paperback, this influential forerunner of the genre's better known exponents would have continued a lot longer as the great unsung hero of American fetish art." - Tony Mitchell, thefetishistas.com
"If you're at all a fan of fetish art ... then this book will be right up your alley." - kinkweekly.com
From the Author
Fetish art (although the word "fetish" was not used in those days as that term came into fashion in a non-clinical way in the 1970s) was about testing the boundaries of freedom. Some of it had to do with unconventional sexual expression ... but more of it had to do with fashion because of how identity and gender are connected to what we wear.
Charles Guyette was a sexual fantasist, who earned his living as a costumer. He sold photos of his "costume studies" on the sly. He produced custom-made high-heel boots and shoes, sold corsets, opera gloves, and other eccentric accessories. He understood the transformative power of clothing, particularly "bizarre" and theatrical fashion. He is also referenced in the new film on Wonder Woman's creator, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, as the costumer for Wonder Woman's real life inspiration, Olive Byrne.
"Peek Inside Book" blog (copy and paste): fethistory.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html
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The book is 7 1/2" x 9 1/2", paperback, 173 pages. At least 100 photographs, halftone black & white, no color. The quality of the reproductions is not high but the low cost and volume of photos gathered in this small volume makes up for it.
Most of the photos feature women wearing various kinds of fetish style high heeled footwear. There is also a small selection photos depicting women boxing, which was unheard of at the time. A small percentage of photos feature bondage. A smaller percentage feature nudity, including a couple males in submissive postures. Also, corsets, masks, stockings, garter belts, riding crops, and pony play are depicted. Some of Guyette's advertisements for his business illustrated.
Absolutely worth the cost.
If you’re not familiar with the name (and I wasn’t!) Charles Guyette was a pioneer in kinky photography back in the 1930s, marketing photographs of shapely ladies in corsets, boots and especially high heels, with a bit of bondage and fighting on the side. He served time in Federal Prison for sending pictures through the mail that would today be considered too tame for PLAYBOY, then re-emerged as a couturier to strippers, specializing in G-strings….
The author wisely leaves all this for later in the book and puts the images up front. And what images! A feast of lovingly photographed young ladies in fetish wear, carefully reproduced from original sources and presented for maximium effect. By the time Seves started recounting the fascinating story of this remarkable man, I was hooked—and you will be too!