Sunday, January 27, 2008

your grandma wore 6 inch heels

assuming of course she was a model in one of the magazine reprints sold by texpix aka ebay seller Fetish Nostalgia.

the latest release is Fancy Femmes, Volume One of High Heel pinups from 1946 to 1954 from 8 Harrison Magazines. they feature models in 5 and 6 inch slightly thicker heels, lovely corsets, long legs and very funny advertisements (well from our point of view). check out a preview of it and others in the collections by clicking here. there's a range of vintage comics there as samples that are worth having a peek at.

wonder where all their costumes and lovely shoes ended up?



SanderO said...

I often wonder how the "fetish" look came to be so iconic... Can it be traced back through fashion history?

Do you think silk stockings and then sheer nylons played a big part?

Where to the stiletto heel come from?

What was the origin of the second skin tight bondage look? Before zips lacing was fairly common means to fasten garments. Leather also was used historically for clothes.

Regardless, somehow all these bits and pieces coalesced to become the iconic fetish look (definitely linked to bondage).

Anonymous said...


--I think that more straightforward, tie-me-up types of bondage can be traced squarely back to France and the Marquis de Sade. Sure, torture had previously existed, but nobody had thought to add a sexual element to it before.

--As for fashion-oriented "fetish", I honestly think it's got a lot to do with the way fashion, particularly women's fashion, goes through cycles and does so fairly quickly.

Men's fashion once did this too, but the whole "sans coulottes" thing that started with the American Revolution and continued in France's revolutions pretty much *locked* menswear into a "shirts/pants" mode ever since.

But with women's clothes....the historical trend since about 1500 or so has been to *alternate* between "simple, loose" cycles and "tighter, structured" cycles every 20-30 years or so. This was really obvious in the 1800s, when you had a shift to loose "empire dresses", and then back again to the poofy, hoop-skirted and corseted look fairly quickly, in a 50-year span.

The result? People are *born* during one cycle, see their mothers dress one way, and as they grow up, they then see most women dress in *another, opposite* way.

And not to get Freudian on anyone, but it might be possible that the desire is in part an iconic need to be "retro" or to be "pretty like mommy" or to simply be "old-fashioned".

Combine *this possibility* with the consequences of feminism sending many of the women's previous fashions to the dustbin, and you get an *explosion* of "forbidden fruit" fashions, many of which people *remember faintly* from their earliest years. Suddenly, the tight, structured look becomes not just the "new" feminine, but the "covert" one as well. confuse it all even more.

Pop psychology aside, often times these "forbidden fruit" fashions are the ones that *stimulate* the senses more. Corsets and high heels alter the way a person moves, stands, walks, at *minimum*.

And a *lot* of the materials qualify as "tight-n-shinies" as well: silks, satins, nylons, lycras, leathers, PVCs, latex, and so on. They render a body smooth, sleek and flawless. It becomes like *well kept* female skin, only "better", by way of being shinier and tighter than humanly natural.

So in short, it feels good to us, it's a "forbidden fruit" type of decadence in a modern (but still uptight) society, and for some of us it may be a throwback to things we *faintly* recall seeing and hearing (in an idealized, rich-memory form) from our earliest years.

Just my plug nickel,

--Brad Poe

SanderO said...

Interesting comment BP, Do you suppose DeSade cooked of sexual SM all by himself? It would seem he more likely was a vocal advocate of something that was around him.

I find it hard to believe he invented S&M.

Anonymous said...

Well, like I said, torture had previously existed, so it may be that there were others who were turned on by being tied up, or by their aches and pains...

Thing is, DeSade *wrote* about these things as well. He was the one to let folks know "they weren't alone" in their oddities.

I mean, sure, with the feudal emphasis on lords, ladies, lashings and servitude, there was likely plenty of *sadistic conduct* to go around...

But what DeSade did was, he made it *conceivable* that folks could like that stuff, in an erotic or romantic fashion. I'd say before then that any *sexual* S&M that was going on was in isolated pockets, where the people involved thought *they were the only ones* who did this...

Rather like the way the whole ASFR-dolling-mind control thing is now, wouldn't you say?

Just my thoughts,

--Brad Poe

Anonymous said...

sorry, out of the topic of this post but dont know how to send it to you.

take a look to the poster of the movie Dumplings (2004) a south asiatic horror movie.

I think the movie itself has no manequin content.

texpix said...

Many thanks for writing about Fancy Femmes, Volume One.

Fancy Femmes, Volume Two has been e-published and is available here:

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Anonymous said...

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