Roleplay

Playing out fantasies was (and still is) a way of living out sexual desires. Humans begin roleplaying as soon as they have an understanding of roles: children play roleplay games such as House, School, or scenes set in a past or future world. Roleplaying in adults is a complex topic. Some of it is found…

Nativa Richard (unknown)

Nativa Richard was the muse for her husband, photographer Yva Richard, who’s name was deducted from Natyva. (It is believed the name for Yva Richard’s Company was inspired by Nativa, who’s real name was Natyva. ) She was a seamstress and most likely responsible for the idea of creating and selling fetish lingerie and accessories…

Yva Richard

Yva Richard was a company created by L. Richard and Nativa Richard. Yva Richard was one of the very first fetish producers around 1930. The company started in 1913 and closed down in 1943, they were stored at Studio 9 at the Rue Pillet-Will in Paris. They began in 1914 selling costumes, women’s hats, shoes,…

Charles Guyette

Charles Guyette remains a mysterious and elusive figure as published details about his life are scattered, incomplete, and sometimes contradictory. In or around 1930 he and his brother opened a store in New York (at 116 E. 11th Street) selling theatrical costumes and burlesque supplies. The store had an extensive collection of exotic and unusual…

Jacques Boiffard (1902 – 1961)

Jacques-André Boiffard (1902-1961) was a French photographer, born in Epernon in Eure-et-loire. He was a medical student in Paris until 1924 when he met André Breton throughPierre Naville, a Surrealist writer, and childhood friend. In the mid-1920s, Boiffard decided to dedicate himself to research in the Bureau of Surrealist Research, writing the preface with Paul Éluard and Roger Vitrac to the first issue of La Révolution surréaliste. Preferring photography to literature, he served as Man…