Stays and Gloves Front Cover

Stays and Gloves

by Lord Kidrostock

 

1909

 

Training and Deportment by Means of the Discipline of Tight Corsets, Narrow High-Heeled Boots, Clinging Kid Gloves, Combinations, etc., etc.

 

 

 

Going a little against the grain of Saxon-Web, this classic Victorian / Edwardian novel features petticoat discipline and flagellation. Stays and Gloves was first published in 1909 by Roberts et Dardaillon in Paris. It was printed on hand-made paper in a limited edition of 330 copies with ten copperplate engravings by Del Giglio. Author is commonly attributed to Lord Kidrostock. Stays and Gloves was reprinted in 1926 by the Librairie Artistique, 66, Boulevard Magenta, Paris, in a limited edition of 330 copies with ten copperplate engravings by G. Smit.

Due to family bereavement and the subsequent remarriage of his mother, a boy is sent to an elite English boarding school. Lady Flayskin, the headmistress, requires all her pupils, boys and girls, to dress as girls. As the subtitle suggests, figure training and deportment are cultivated through tight corsets, high-heeled boots, and kid gloves. Discipline is enforced through the vigorous application of birch and whip. Whilst cross-dressing is a feature of this novel, the central chapters focus on the subjection of a haughty young aristocrat, Miss Virginia Malville.

Chapter I