Tuesday, January 9, 2018

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


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 
** 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

So 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

So now it's up to you...
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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.

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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