Red Latex

Baroness Pistor by Kassandra Leigh Purcell, model/fetish photographer. She devises some wonderful self-portraits and other creations.
For those who weren’t aware, the Wanda von Dunajew character in Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch was modelled on Fanny Pistor.
In 1869, Sacher-Masoch and Baroness Fanny Pistor signed a contract making him her slave for a period of six months, with the stipulation that the Baroness wear furs as often as possible, especially when she was in a cruel mood. Sacher-Masoch took the alias of “Gregor”, a servant’s name, and assumed a disguise as the servant of the Baroness. The two travelled by train to Italy. Read more

Torture

Looks like a variation of the anal pear, the infamous tool of the Spanish Inquisition! It was also called the “pear of anguish”. In its traditional form, it was a simple screw device with three curved iron petals. Screwed closed, it was roughly the shape of a butt plug, or, as the name implies, a pear. Closed, it could be inserted in the anus, the vagina, or the mouth. And then, of course, the inquisitor would start turning the screw, causing the petals to be forced apart. Let’s all shudder together at the thought! What horror and brutality is enforced in the name of religion!
To be fair, it was also used in the Middle Ages to torture women who suffered a miscarriage, were liars, blasphemers and homosexuals.
If you would like to see more detail of the Anal pear, click here.

Pony Waits

Femdom art from Weimar Berlin by Paul Kamm, Berlin, 1920s

Lingerie Noir

Jeanloup Sieff
In 1970, he photographed Yves Saint Laurent nude for an advertisement. Apparently, the photo was quite scandalous for its time. If you are terribly brave, you can see the photo here!

Parisian Brothels

In 1975, Alexandre Dupouy received a call from a bookseller friend who said that he had an old gentleman with “something special to show him.” What he had was a luxury car with a trunk full of black-and-white photographs of naked and smiling prostitutes from the 1930s. He explained that he took most of the pictures in a brothel on the Rue Pigalle. Given that he could feel his days were numbered, the old man agreed to part with the pictures as long as he could remain anonymous. That man became known as “Monsieur X.”
Monsieur X must have been close, friendly, and generous with the ladies. What is amazing is that the girls seem very relaxed in the pictures—they are actually having fun.
Read more & see more here.

Ambassador Hotel

Marilyn Monroe in the gardens of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles,, 1946. Photograph by Larry Kronquist .

Historical Art

Fredillo.
His favorite theme (at least, the one for which he was commissioned) seems to have been the flogging. Not in this work, though. 🙂

Art Deco

Georges Barbier Barbier was one of the great French illustrators of the early 20th century.

Little Black Dress

Amazing Astrid in her Little black dress.
“One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.” —Karl Lagerfeld
Coco Chanel is credited as the originator of the LBD. Every women should have a LBD. Some have more than one. 😉