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We're taking a bit of creative license here in that although we're a luxury lingerie blog, we are stretching our coverage base to include a bit of erotica. And come on, we know that lingerie is next-door neighbors to the land of erotic adventures. Nonetheless, in true Frou Frou style, we are keeping it clean and have selected some fun vintage illustrations from Bizarre Magazine. Between 1946-1959 bondage artist John Willie created photographs and illustrations for a publication that may have been quite scandalous back in his day, but nowadays comes across as cheeky (or at least with regards to the pictures we're showing). He often depicted women in compromising sexual situations, and had a tendency to show women tied up or in various restraints...he especially had a thing for spanking. You probably get a sense of that with the whips and ties you see in this very post. What's interesting is that to this very day you see models re-creating the look and poses you see in many of his pictures (for instance Bernie Dexter, Mosh, photographs by Ellen von Unwerth, etc.).
On a completely separate note, the more we look at these illustrations, the more we think shoe designer Christian Louboutin may have been influenced by John Willie. What do you think?
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