Saturday, June 7, 2014

Oh Those Kinky, Kinky Boots!... Circa 1950

Well, last week I said I might be back with an Irving Klaw “damsel in distress” series I may have missed. And here’s one. It features, among others, model Vicki Hayes.  Remember her from last week? This time around she’s wearing what may be the coolest hip length “thigh laced” high heel boots ever.  (Consider the year: 1949/1950) The EE-1 series also features lesser known Klaw models Rose Erna and Lynn Lykles.

Irving Klaw model Vicki Hayes vintage boots

Who may have supplied these boots? Well, possibilities include the remarkable (and mysterious) individual known as "Little John," who not only paid for these early Irving Klaw sessions but supplied his sophisticated aesthetics as a fetishist. Another guess may be Irving Klaw’s predecessor, “Charley” Guyette (aka "the G-String King"), who by now earned his precarious living solely as a dealer in "theatrical accessories."

Irving Klaw model Vicki Hayes vintage boots

"Theatrical" is right. Because at the heart of Fet Fantasy (just like Burlesque) is theater: an indulgence in role play, melodrama, and costuming.

Irving Klaw models Vicki Hayes Lynn Lykles Rose Erna

Irving Klaw models Vicki Hayes Lynn Lykles Rose Erna

Irving Klaw models Vicki Hayes Lynn Lykles Rose Erna

Gorgeous, don't you agree? I love the use of mirrors. 

Irving Klaw models Vicki Hayes Lynn Lykles Rose Erna
Evidently the same boots that appear in the EE-1 series also appear in the 4000 series, worn by Frances Adams. Let’s take a look below:

vintage thigh high Irving Klaw boots


vintage thigh high Irving Klaw boots

Bye, for now! —Richard Perez

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