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 contributed 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, right) 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 by Richard Pérez Seves

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

One of the reasons I put this book together was to honor the fetish community and one way to do this was to recognize and celebrate individuals who contributed to it. Charles Guyette was the first person to produce and distribute fetish art in America. This is his story, this is his contribution to the diversity of American culture. 

 Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Now available on Amazon in 2 editions: the original (180 pages) or the 2018 Expanded Second Edition (206 pages: see interior images on this page).

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art 
** 2018 Expanded Second Edition **


Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition
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Here's the story:

It so happened that I came into possesion of newly discovered, uniquely beautiful Charles Guyette images only recently....

How? The catalyst was Dita Von Teese.

After she mentioned the first edition in her Instagram account >> HERE <<  I was contacted by people from around the world who realized they owned Guyette images. (They just didn't know it before they saw my book.) So the new images in the second edition are from various countries: Germany, France, even the UK. That's how far Guyette images have traveled.

Mind you, not all the images shared were Charles Guyette images. Some were actually German ("Fleischer") and others of French (unknown) origin.

Strangely these collectors have chosen not to be acknowledged in the second edition of the Guyette book. This is their choice. Some cited their "straight" jobs, and the unfortunate stigma still attached to fetish-related material, etc. (Which I understand.) Therefore all the new Guyette images are simply cited under the umbrella of "Private Collection" in the book, along with some of my own.

NOTE: the Guyette biographical material remains the same (aside from minor changes in the endnotes). In the end, this expanded 2018 edition simply contains 30 or so more vintage images, all lovingly arranged, and the book is 25 pages longer.

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

 I cherry-picked the very best images of the 50 or so shown to me. These images were then restored (by me) in photoshop, which took me about a month. But I was happy to do it. I couldn't imagine a more beautiful project than preserving the legacy of Charles Guyette for generations to come.

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Here's a peek inside the new second edition:
(Note: the book is too big to fit on my home scanner 
so there's more margin in the actual book.)

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

EXPANDED 2018 Edition (206 pages) 
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Peek inside with Dita Von Teese:
==>> HERE <<==
Dita Von Teese, Instagram, Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art

Reviews:

 "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

"I've often cited John Willie's gals as my biggest fashion inspiration but I'll have to start tipping my hat to Guyette as well."—Dita Von Teese


Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition


Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition




Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition


Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art,  Expanded Second Edition

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. 

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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.


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