Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art.... Peek Inside the Tribute!

Charles Guyette, also known as the "G-string King," was the first person to produce and distribute fetish art in America. 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  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. This low-cost book is my attempt to present a "museum exhibition" on the work and life of an unrecognized pioneer.


Here is my low-cost tribute book to Charles Guyette, the first person to produce and distribute fetish art in America. I’ve referenced more than 50 years of vintage fetish publications to pull together a lost and forgotten catalog. Included is an illustrated, extensively-researched biography on Guyette, touching on all those who were affected by him including John Willie, Irving Klaw, Leonard Burtman—even Eric Stanton and Bettie Page. (Guyette was, among other things, a costumer who dressed Bettie Page and others for Irving Klaw photo shoots.) If you’re interested in the roots of fetish fashion that extend to the present day and fashion designers like Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior, you’ll want to pick up a copy of this book. If you’re interested in costume play, or are fascinated by mysterious masked ladies, corseted cuties, all sorts of exotic boots and shoes, you’ll want to pick up a copy of this book.

180 pgs. Only $9.99. (£7.68)  From this link => CHARLES GUYETTE: Godfather of American Fetish Art

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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, 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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  1. Wish to praise you for your work. Without people like you, the work of the great artists of the recent past would be lost or forgotten...

    1. Thank you, Anton. I agree that these people -- this unique art -- deserves serious attention.

  2. This is an amazing project covering a piece of our community's history! Thank you for your hard work Richard.

    1. Thank you, Eric.

      Charles Guyette tested the boundaries of freedom and went to prison. I guess, that's what affects me the most.

      Guyette deserves to be remembered and celebrated.