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 “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, Charles Guyette

Who may have supplied these boots? Well, some might suggest 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. But I know it to be Irving Klaw’s predecessor, Charles Guyette, who by now earned his precarious living solely as a "theatrical" costumer.

Irving Klaw model Vicki Hayes vintage boots, Charles Guyette

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

Irving Klaw models Vicki Hayes, Lynn Lykles, Rose Erna, Charles Guyette

Irving Klaw models Vicki Hayes, Lynn Lykles, Rose Erna, Charles Guyette

Irving Klaw models Vicki Hayes, Lynn Lykles, Rose Erna, Charles Guyette

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

Irving Klaw models Vicki Hayes, Lynn Lykles, Rose Erna, Charles Guyette
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 laced Irving Klaw boots, Charles Guyette


vintage laced Irving Klaw boots, Charles Guyette

Bye, for now! Richard Pérez Seves

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