Friday, October 6, 2017

Charles Guyette, The G-string King, Vintage Boot Parade!

If it's vintage boots you love, it is vintage boots you shall  have!... Courtesy of Charles Guyette, godfather of American fetish art!

What you are about to see is but a small sampling of an almost mythical lost back catalog. To date, we don't know how many custom-made boots and high-heel shoes Guyette produced, or how many photographs of "theatrical" footwear, among other things, he sold. No printed catalogs of Guyette material have survived, but we might imagine something like this:

Charles Guyette, Vintage boots and shoes

This image, reprinted by Leonard Burtman in issue #13 of High Heels magazine, Fall 1969, features a pair of Guyette boots and what may be the remnants of a Guyette catalog, as some of those shoes closely rememble those worn by his models in the early 1940s. 

But without further ado, as promised, here's Charles Guyette vintage boot parade!

Charles Guyette vintage boots














Whew! Vintage boot overload! Still there's no denying the appeal of vintage bootcraft.

Of course, there's a lot more to be explored in the tribute to Charles Guyette available right now! Boots, corsets, ultra-high heels, opera gloves—but, most important, an annotated history of the first person to produce and distribute fetish art in America!


Charles Guyette, Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, Richard Perez Seves

Charles Guyette, Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, Richard Perez Seves

Charles Guyette, Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, Richard Perez Seves

Charles Guyette, Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, Richard Perez Seves


Charles Guyette, Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, Richard Perez Seves

Charles Guyette, Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, Richard Perez Seves




Charles Guyette, Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, Richard Perez Seves

Charles Guyette, Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, Richard Perez Seves


Charles Guyette, Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, Richard Perez Seves

Charles Guyette, Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, Richard Perez Seves

Charles Guyette, Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, Richard Perez Seves


Charles Guyette, the "G-string King," referenced in the film of Wonder Woman's creator, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, and costumer to Bettie Page, is rightly considered the godfather of American fetish art. His fetish art operation was the first of its kind in America, dealing in what was then generally regarded as “deviant” European-inspired material. In 1935, he was arrested and sent to federal prison. But what should’ve been the end was just the beginning. Although rarely credited by name in his lifetime, he influenced everyone who would follow him, particularly the publishers Robert Harrison, John Willie, Irving Klaw, and Leonard Burtman. The aim of this book was to evoke the spirit of Guyette—to collect surviving fragments of a decimated catalog largely by referencing vintage fetish publications from the 1930s through the 1980s and reconstruct a lost history. This portfolio of images is followed by biographical information seen nowhere else, and serves as a substantial introduction to the birth of American fetish art and the cultural impact of an unrecognized pioneer. 

Pick up your copy today! 
 180 pages. Only $9.99. (£7.68)

The above link ships worldwide (to countries where the hardcopy book is not available through Amazon. For instance: Australia, Mexico, etc...).

If you prefer Amazon, it's currently available in these countries (click the link):


Charles Guyette reviewed by Tony Mitchell, The Fetishistas

"Charles Guyette is a name that you might have seen mentioned in passing in books about the ‘golden age’ of American fetish imagery — the period from the mid 1930s to early ’60s associated with the publishing work of Irving Klaw, John Willie, Robert Harrison and Leonard Burtman among others. But the chances are, these were indeed only passing mentions...."

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Publications referenced in composing this tribute include:
Bizarre Life v.4, n.6, 1980.
Black Lace v.1, n.1, undated (c. 1958).
Catalog C-2, 1957.
Fetishist n.1, undated (c. 1985).
London Life, March 22 1935.
Bizarre Classix v.4, 1980.
Exotique Correspondence Digest n.1, 1958.
Bizarre Classix v.3, 1978.
Bizarre Classix v.5, 1983.
London Life, April 8 1939.
Exotique n.13, undated (c. 1957).
Fantastique Photo Album n. 2, undated (c. 1960).
Exotique n.1, undated (c. 1955).
Exotique n.10, undated (c. 1956).
Bizarre n.9, 1952.
Bizarre n.6, 1951.
Exotique n.12, undated (c. 1957).
Exotique n.8, undated (c. 1956).
Exotique n.16, 1957.
Exotique Photo Album n.1, undated (c. 1957).
Painful Memories v.1, n.1, undated (c. 1981).
Gay Book magazine, Dec. 1937.
Gay Book magazine, May 1938.
Wink magazine, Jan. 1949.
Gay Book magazine, Aug. 1937.
Gay Book magazine, Sept. 1937.
Fetish Letters v.1, n.1, undated (c. 1985).
Exotique n.34, 1959.
Erotic Symbolism by Edw. Podolsky, 1960.
Bizarre Classix v.1, 1976.
Portrait of Evil F-6, undated (c. 1962).
Wink magazine, April 1947.
Bizarre Classix v.2, 1977.
Exotique Correspondence Digest n.1, 1958.
New Exotique Photo Album n.9, 1959.
Exotique Correspondence Digest n.1, 1958.
Flirt magazine, March 1948.
Bizarre Classix v.2, 1977.
Gay Book magazine, Feb. 1937.
Wink magazine, Dec. 1947.
Exotique n.4, undated (c. 1956).
Bizarre Life v.1, n.1, 1966.


Thanks for checking in. Hope you'll join me next time....

=> Index ~ of FetHistory ~ From the Beginning:
http://fethistory.blogspot.com/p/1.html
"Charles Guyette," "Charles Guyette," "Charles Guyette," "Charles Guyette"
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Charles Guyette in Robert Harrison Magazines: Wink, Flirt, Eyeful, Beauty Parade, Whisper, Titter.... Corsets, Stockings, Ultra-High Heel Shoes and Boots!...

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.

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art

If you've been following along, you know that Charles Guyette crossed over to Robert Harrison's magazines along with unsung fetish art player/enabler Edythe Farrell, who resigned from her position as editor-in-chief of the National Police Gazette in June, 1944.

the National Police Gazette

Farrell was instrumental in carrying over fetish-oriented content, both inspired and underscored by Charles Guyette, who also contibuted to the National Police Gazette.

But what of Guyette's contributions to Harrison's magazines? Let's peek inside Beauty Parade, Jan. 1945:

Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

Guyette signifiers are the shoes, stockings, and the upholstered padded footrest the lady is sitting on, the same upholstered footstool  that can be seen in pages 13, 22, 26, 30, 73 and 160 of the printed Charles Guyette tribute. Here's that footstool again (below):

Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

Not only do we see the footstool in this case, but we also see the embossed faux-tile patterned linoleum floor that appeared in many Guyette photosfor instance pages 28, 30, 38, 42, 48, 50, 74, 85, 87, 89, and 123 of the printed Charles Guyette book. Here's a closer look (below):

Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

See that patterned floor? Very important, as it stands for Guyette's signature. Now, let's look at more Guyette images, these appearing in Wink magazine, April 1947.

Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

Here we see not only Guyette ultra-high heel shoes, but another signifierthe same costume jewelry, which appeared time and again in Guyette images. (See pages 5 – 11, 51, 52, 80, 81, 159 of the printed Guyette book.)

Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

Now let's look at another signifierthat famed corset later worn by Irving Klaw model, Rita Carlson:

Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

And, let's not forget, Bettie Page:

Bettie Page, Betty Page, Charles Guyette, corset, Irving Klaw, vintage fetish

 Now here's that corset on a Harrison model (Beauty Parade, Aug. 1946):

Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

While we're at it, let's look at some Guyette boots and Guyette images (appearing in Harrison's magazine, Flirt, Oct.1948).

Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

In the same issue, Guyette even provided Harrison with an image (below) that originally appeared in the UK, fetish-friendly magazine, London Life.

Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

More boots, courtesy of Charles Guyette (Beauty Parade, Dec. 1947):

Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots
 More boots and Guyette costuming:

Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

And still MORE boots and Guyette costuming (Beauty Parade, Aug. 1946):

Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

Charles Guyette was particularly fond of earlier burlesque styles. He had a love for what might be called burlesque nostalgia. Even in the 1940s, his costuming style leaned toward the “quaint,” or old-fashioned. He loved vintage corsets and was always referencing the past.  In a 1945 classified ad in Hobbies: The Magazine for Collectors, he wrote, "OLD STYLE Corsets wanted. Wasp waist Hour Glass or styles before 1915. Any Size...." A similar ad appeared in a 1947 issue of that same magazine.

Now here are some dazzling examples of Guyette costuming, which appeared in Harrison magazines:

Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

 Above, Beauty Parade, Dec. 1946.

Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

Above, Wink magazine, Fall, 1945.

Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Charles Guyette, corsets, stockings, ultra high-heel shoes, boots

Charles Guyette, the "G-string King," was an individual unlike any other.

I hope you'll join me in promoting American diversity, spreading the history of a unique culture, and celebrating the life of an unsung hero.

Charles Guyette, Godfather of American Fetish Art, Richard Pérez Seves

Charles Guyette, Godfather of American Fetish Art, Richard Pérez Seves

Charles Guyette, Godfather of American Fetish Art, London Life, Richard Pérez Seves

Charles Guyette, Godfather of American Fetish Art, Richard Pérez Seves


Charles Guyette, Godfather of American Fetish Art, Sweet Gwendoline, John Willie, Richard Pérez Seves

Charles Guyette, Godfather of American Fetish Art, fetish shoes, Richard Pérez Seves




Charles Guyette, Godfather of American Fetish Art, corsets, Richard Pérez Seves

Charles Guyette, Godfather of American Fetish Art, stockings, Richard Pérez Seves


Charles Guyette, Godfather of American Fetish Art, fetish boots, Richard Pérez Seves

Charles Guyette, Godfather of American Fetish Art, dominatrix, Richard Pérez Seves

Charles Guyette, Godfather of American Fetish Art, Richard Pérez Seves

Here is my tribute book to Charles Guyette, the first person to produce and distribute fetish art in America. I’ve referenced more than 50 years of vintage fetish publications to pull together a lost and forgotten catalog. Included is an illustrated, extensively-researched biography on Guyette, touching on all those who were affected by him including John Willie, Irving Klaw, Leonard Burtman—even Eric Stanton and Bettie Page. (Guyette was a costumer, who dressed Bettie Page and others for Irving Klaw photo shoots.) If you’re interested in the roots of fetish fashion that extend to the present day and fashion designers like Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior, you’ll want to pick up a copy of this book. If you’re interested in costume play, or are fascinated by mysterious masked ladies, corseted cuties, all sorts of exotic boots and shoes, you’ll want to pick up a copy of this low-cost book.

180 pgs. Only $9.99. (£7.68) From this link => CHARLES GUYETTE: Godfather of American Fetish Art
 
They ship worldwide (to countries where the hardcopy book is not available through Amazon. For instance: Australia, Mexico, etc...).

If you prefer Amazon, it's currently available in these countries (click the link):



Charles Guyette reviewed by Tony Mitchell, The Fetishistas

"Charles Guyette is a name that you might have seen mentioned in passing in books about the ‘golden age’ of American fetish imagery — the period from the mid 1930s to early ’60s associated with the publishing work of Irving Klaw, John Willie, Robert Harrison and Leonard Burtman among others. But the chances are, these were indeed only passing mentions...."

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Bettie Page, Charles Guyette, Guyette Corsets

Charles Guyette, the "G-string King," referenced in the film of Wonder Woman's creator, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, and costumer to Bettie Page, is rightly considered the godfather of American fetish art. His fetish art operation was the first of its kind in America, dealing in what was then generally regarded as “deviant” European-inspired material. In 1935, he was arrested and sent to federal prison. But what should’ve been the end was just the beginning. Although rarely credited by name in his lifetime, he influenced everyone who would follow him, particularly the publishers Robert Harrison, John Willie, Irving Klaw, and Leonard Burtman. The aim of this book was to evoke the spirit of Guyette—to collect surviving fragments of a decimated catalog largely by referencing vintage fetish publications from the 1930s through the 1980s and reconstruct a lost history. This portfolio of images is followed by biographical information seen nowhere else, and serves as a substantial introduction to the birth of American fetish art and the cultural impact of an unrecognized pioneer.

Publications referenced in composing this tribute include:
Bizarre Life v.4, n.6, 1980.
Black Lace v.1, n.1, undated (c. 1958).
Catalog C-2, 1957.
Fetishist n.1, undated (c. 1985).
London Life, March 22 1935.
Bizarre Classix v.4, 1980.
Exotique Correspondence Digest n.1, 1958.
Bizarre Classix v.3, 1978.
Bizarre Classix v.5, 1983.
London Life, April 8 1939.
Exotique n.13, undated (c. 1957).
Fantastique Photo Album n. 2, undated (c. 1960).
Exotique n.1, undated (c. 1955).
Exotique n.10, undated (c. 1956).
Bizarre n.9, 1952.
Bizarre n.6, 1951.
Exotique n.12, undated (c. 1957).
Exotique n.8, undated (c. 1956).
Exotique n.16, 1957.
Exotique Photo Album n.1, undated (c. 1957).
Painful Memories v.1, n.1, undated (c. 1981).
Gay Book magazine, Dec. 1937.
Gay Book magazine, May 1938.
Wink magazine, Jan. 1949.
Gay Book magazine, Aug. 1937.
Gay Book magazine, Sept. 1937.
Fetish Letters v.1, n.1, undated (c. 1985).
Exotique n.34, 1959.
Erotic Symbolism by Edw. Podolsky, 1960.
Bizarre Classix v.1, 1976.
Portrait of Evil F-6, undated (c. 1962).
Wink magazine, April 1947.
Bizarre Classix v.2, 1977.
Exotique Correspondence Digest n.1, 1958.
New Exotique Photo Album n.9, 1959.
Exotique Correspondence Digest n.1, 1958.
Flirt magazine, March 1948.
Bizarre Classix v.2, 1977.
Gay Book magazine, Feb. 1937.
Wink magazine, Dec. 1947.
Exotique n.4, undated (c. 1956).
Bizarre Life v.1, n.1, 1966.


Thanks for checking in. Hope you'll join me next time....

=> Index ~ of FetHistory ~ From the Beginning:
http://fethistory.blogspot.com/p/1.html
"Charles Guyette," "Charles Guyette," "Charles Guyette," "Charles Guyette"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Tags: Charles Guyette, "the G-String King," Irving Klaw, Bettie Page, Betty Page, Beauty Parade, Wink, Flirt, Eyeful, Whisper, Titter, ladies wrestlers, boxing women, fighting women, female domination, feminism, Wonder Woman, Edythe Farrell, Amazons, corsets, corset, high heels, boots, stockings, vintage fetish, Leonard Burtman, Eric Stanton. Edward Mishkin, Vintage sleaze