What To Do If Your Panties Fall Down In Public
The Man Behind The Pictures
Art Frahm (1907-1981) was an American painter who is perhaps best known for his high 'camp' pictures of women whose pink knickers were at any given time susceptible to their knickers falling down! This especially seemed to occur in public places.
This is wardrobe malfunction of a serious nature and was the theme most often revisited by Frahm. Not much is known about this artist but it is documented that he enjoyed commercial success painting for magazines, calendars and advertisements with Coca-Cola and Coppertone being two of his more high profile clients.
Many of his works are considered to be outstanding examples of the glamour genre and he has been compared favourably with another great master painter of the pin up genre, Gil Elvgren.
Pioneer Of The 'Panties Falling Down' Genre
The 'panties falling down' genre seems to have been created by Frahm and was later imitated by other pin-up artists notably Jay Scott Pike who gave us this interpretation of the damsel in distress.
It seems that Frahm developed and maintains something of a cult following amongst lovers of pin up art - particularly kitsch pin up art - with some holding up his work as early examples of fetish art. Indeed in recent years several fetish photographers have attempted to recreate the 'panties falling down' images with Goth/Fetish models.
By far the best and funniest analysis of Art Frahm's 'panties falling down' pictures can be found on James Lileks website. This is well worth a look!
Whatever your opinion about these images you cannot deny that there is something irresistibly fun about the curious art of Mr Art Frahm.
- LILEKS (James) The Peculiar Art of Mr. Frahm
James Lilek's hilarious outtake on the art of Art Frahm