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Charles Guyette

Charles Guyette (August 14, 1902 – June, 1976)[1] was a pioneer of fetish style,[2] the first person in the United States to produce and distribute fetish art,[3] and regarded as the mail-order predecessor of Irving Klaw.[4] Later known as the "G-String King,"[5] he is best remembered for his bizarre (i.e., fetish) photographs, some of which featured sadomasochistic content.[6]

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Charles Guyette also worked as an innovative burlesque costumer and dealer in theatrical accessories,[7] providing vintage corsets,[8] opera gloves, custom-made fetish boots,[9] and, most famously, G-strings.[10] Employed by National Police Gazette editor, Edythe Farrell, he later provided costumes, high heel shoes and boots, and occasionally photographs for publisher Robert Harrison,[11] [12] known for such pin-up magazines as Wink, Titter, Beauty Parade, Whisper, and Eyeful. He was also important in early fetish community social circles of the day[13] and in the careers of John Willie and Irving Klaw.[14] Charles Guyette was a fetish fashion pioneer.

In 1935, Charles Guyette went to federal prison, becoming the first martyr of fetish art history.[15] Later, he operated under a series of aliases and owned a costume shop on West 45th Street, in New York City.[16] Largely uncredited in his lifetime, Charles Guyette influenced all the key fetish art innovators, including Irving Klaw, John Willie, Eric Stanton, and Leonard Burtman.[17] The subject of a book tribute, Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Art, [18] he is also featured in the independent biopic on Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston. The film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, written and directed by Angela Robinson,[19][20] features Charles Guyette as the costumer for Wonder Woman's real-life inspiration, Olive Byrne.[21] Guyette is played by actor JJ Feild.[22]

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Further readingEdit

  • Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art [*Expanded Photo Edition*] by Richard Pérez Seves. New York: FetHistory, 2018. ISBN 978-1973773771
  • Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art by Richard Pérez Seves. New York: FetHistory, 2017. ISBN 978-1548659073
  • Charles Guyette’s High Heeled Shoes: Photographs circa 1940 by George Monk. Amazon Digital Services (Kindle), 2014. ASIN B00J0HAMNO
  • The Development of Sadomasochism as a Cultural Style in the Twentieth-Century United States (PhD dissertation) by Robert V. Bienvenu II. Indiana: Indiana University, 1998.
  • Possibilities: The Photographs of John Willie edited by J.B. Rund. New York: Bélier Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0914646495
  • The Adventures of Sweet Gwendoline edited by J.B. Rund.(Second Edition, Revised & Enlarged) New York: Bélier Press, 1999. ISBN 0-914646-48-6

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]Social Security Death Index Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  2. ^ Robert V. Bienvenu II, The Development of Sadomasochism as a Cultural Style in the Twentieth-Century United States (PhD dissertation) Indiana: Indiana University, 1998. p.72.
  3. ^ Richard Pérez Seves, Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art New York: FetHistory, 2017. p. 119.
  4. ^ J.B. Rund, The Adventures of Sweet Gwendoline (Second Edition, Revised & Enlarged) New York: Bélier Press, 1999. p. 92.
  5. ^ Rachel Shteir, Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, p. 201
  6. ^ Richard Pérez Seves, Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art New York: FetHistory, 2017. pp. 119 - 120.
  7. ^ [2] Austin Sunday American Statesman Newspaper Archives, Oct 10 1948. Retrieved 10 October 2017
  8. ^ "Charles Guyette in Robert Harrison Magazines: Wink, Flirt, Eyeful, Beauty Parade, Whisper, Titter.... Corsets, Stockings, Ultra-High Heel Shoes and Boots!.."fethistory.blogspot.com Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Charles Guyette, The G-string King, Vintage Boot Parade!"fethistory.blogspot.com Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  10. ^ [3] Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Aug. 3, 1944. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Edythe Farrell on Charles Guyette’s Lady Wrestling Amazon, plus Bettie Page’s Corset!"fethistory.blogspot.com Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Charles Guyette in Robert Harrison Magazines: Wink, Flirt, Eyeful, Beauty Parade, Whisper, Titter.... Corsets, Stockings, Ultra-High Heel Shoes and Boots!.."fethistory.blogspot.com Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  13. ^ Robert V. Bienvenu II, The Development of Sadomasochism as a Cultural Style in the Twentieth-Century United States (PhD dissertation) Indiana: Indiana University, 1998. p.78.
  14. ^ Richard Pérez Seves, Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art New York: FetHistory, 2017. pp. 134 - 137.
  15. ^ ""Held As Exporter Of Obscenity""Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  16. ^ [4] The Brownsville Herald from Brownsville, Texas on June 16, 1950 Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Charles Guyette: fetish pioneer who influenced Klaw, Willie & Burtman" The Fetishistas. 10 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Charles Guyette: fetish pioneer who influenced Klaw, Willie & Burtman" The Fetishistas. 10 October 2017.
  19. ^ "Professor Marston & the Wonder Women" Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  20. ^ "‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’: Film Review" Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  21. ^ "‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’: Film Review" Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  22. ^ [5] Retrieved 10 October 2017.