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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 is connected to what we wear.

Charles Guyette, also known as the "G-string King," 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

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1. Stanton's "Bondage Enthusiasts Bound In Leather" v.1 ~ Mutrix/Nutrix

2. Irving Klaw's PLEASURE PARADE #1: Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, John Willie, Gene Bilbrew, Adolfo Marino Ruiz 

 3. Postscript: On JBR’s Stanton Swank article + A Secret Peek Into Eric Stanton’s Studio Today 

 4. TRAVELING BACKWARDS IN FETHISTORY: Eric Stanton, Eddie Mishkin, Leonard Burtman, Stanley Malkin, Irving Klaw, John Willie, and finally Charles Guyette  

5.  The Mystery of The Spanish Irving Klaw Bulletins: 1949, 1950 

6.  CARTOON AND MODEL PARADE & the Pre-Bettie Page Days of Irving Klaw, circa 1950

7.  A sweet little peek inside Irving Klaw’s very first CARTOON AND MODEL PARADE catalog, 1950!

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

9.  Irving Klaw’s MASKED WOMEN!

10.  Paula Klaw — Makeshift Dominatrix! 

11.  A Tribute to Irving Klaw model, Shirley Maitland

12.  How Robert Harrison helped shape Irving Klaw: Part 1

13.  How Robert Harrison helped shape Irving Klaw: Part 2

1. TASCHEN GALLERY Eric Stanton (and Elmer Batters) "Bizarre Life" exhibit

2. Eric Stanton Timeline by Richard Perez at the Taschen Gallery

3. Handling original Eric Stanton & Steve Ditko Stantoons Inc. art  
4. The Allen Jones / Eric Stanton Connection

5. John Willie, B&G, Gene Bilbrew, Bill Ward... currently on display with Eric Stanton

6.  Eric Stanton Under Glass: A Final View of the Taschen Gallery Show

Bettie Page, Charles Guyette's corset

1. Charles Guyette:  Edythe Farrell on Charles Guyette’s Lady Wrestling Amazon, plus Bettie Page’s Corset!

2. Charles Guyette: 12 Rare Charles Guyette Images Left Out Of the Book Tribute!

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

Peek Inside >> The New Charles Guyette Tribute <<

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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CHARLES GUYETTE: Godfather of American Fetish Art ... Tribute Book Available Now 

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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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  1. Hello Richard,
    What a great blog, and so nicely written and easy to read. You have some fantastic information here, where do you get it all from? I just stumbled on it while doing some general fetish history research.
    Fantastic Stuff

    1. Dang, I never did thank you for those kind words. Apologies. I'll be adding additional blog posts in the future ... as time permits. Cheers.