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About the author:
Collector and writer Richard Pérez Seves is obsessed with American vintage fetish art—and the work of underground pioneers like Charles Guyette, John Willie, Irving Klaw, Eric Stanton, Steve Ditko, Gene Bilbrew, and Bettie Page. He is also the author of the upcoming hardcover illustrated biography, Eric Stanton & the History of the Bizarre Underground.

Charles Guyette

Godfather of American Fetish Art

Authored by Richard Pérez Seves

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, was the first person to produce and distribute fetish art in America. 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:
Black Lace v.1, n.1, undated (c. 1958).
London Life, March 22 1935.
Catalog C-2, 1957.
Bizarre Life v.1, n.1, 1966.
Exotique Correspondence Digest n.1, 1958.
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).
Gay Book magazine, Dec. 1937.
Gay Book magazine, May 1938.
Wink magazine, Jan. 1949.
Gay Book magazine, Aug. 1937.
Bizarre Life v.4, n.6, 1980.
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.
Exotique Correspondence Digest n.1, 1958.
New Exotique Photo Album n.9, 1959.
Exotique Correspondence Digest n.1, 1958.
Flirt magazine, March 1948.
Gay Book magazine, Feb. 1937.
Wink magazine, Dec. 1947.
Exotique n.4, undated (c. 1956).
Fetishist n.1, undated (c. 1985).
Painful Memories v.1, n.1, undated (c. 1981).

Tags: Charles Guyette, G-string King, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Bettie Page, Irving Klaw, John Willie, Eric Stanton, Robert Harrison, Leonard Burtman, Edward Mishkin, Yva Richard, Diana Slip, Carlo, Franz Rehfeld, Weimar Republic, vintage fetish, corsets, ultra high heels, boots, fetish fashion

Publication Date:
154865907X / 9781548659073
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7.5" x 9.25"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Photography / Individual Photographers / Monographs

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