8 / 2006

United Kingdom - Patent leather "Maid Shoe" by Thea Cadabra - 1980

Cross-dressing or transvestism, from the Latin words Trans and Vestire (to clothe), is the term for wearing clothing associated with the opposite sex, either for sexual arousal or because of gender issues. Next to uniforms of nurses and schoolgirls, the "French Maid" uniform is very popular in fantasy role-play. The submissive - male or female- is dressed in black, very short, one-piece dress often made of fetish material like silk or latex, a white frilled petticoat, a white frilly apron, stockings and high heels with other froufrou like white gloves. Pleasure is derived from the power play of dominance and submission between master and servant. Above slyly seductive shoe of a "bend over" maid is a female's view of a male sexual fantasy. The "apron" is protecting the toe part while the bow is tied on the back.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland