Welcome to the page for lovers, collectors and students of that remarkable item of clothing known as the OPERA GLOVE. Here, you will find many galleries of high-quality images, historical information and commentary, and links to vendors of opera gloves and other types of evening gloves. I hope this page will become a primary resource on the Web for those who love these wonderful gloves and the women who wear them.

The opera glove has been recognized for well over a century as one of the foremost symbols of feminine elegance and sensuality. The very sight of a kidskin, suede, satin or lame glove embracing the hand and arm of a woman sends a powerful conscious and subconscious signal that the wearer is a woman of style, elegance, passion, power and sexuality. Ever since over-the-elbow gloves were first widely worn by women during the Regency and Napoleonic era at the beginning of the 19th century, and especially since "The Divine Sarah", Sarah Bernhardt, introduced the mousquetaire to America in the 1870s, the opera glove, on the arms of beautiful women, has been reducing male viewers to puddles of mush.

My mother Troye (at center) and godmother Lyn in white opera gloves, 1960


With the kind assistance of the webmasters of many of the Web's premier sites devoted to the classic actresses of Hollywood - you will find links to their sites on my galleries and links pages - I have amassed a collection of tens of thousands of images of such luminaries as Audrey Hepburn, Gina Lollobrigida, Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh, Jayne Mansfield, Natalie Wood, Joan Collins, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Morgan Fairchild, Loni Anderson, Pamela Anderson Lee, Shannen Doherty, Deborah Duchene, Phoebe Cates, Famke Janssen, Kate Winslett, Kay Kendall, Carmen Electra, Samantha Fox, Billie Burke, Yvonne De Carlo, Carole Landis, Gypsy Rose Lee, Jane Wyman, Barbara Stanwyck, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Stephanie Beacham, and many, many others wearing - what else? - opera gloves and other long gloves! You will also find extensive historical, etiquette and collecting information, as well as links to the world's leading manufacturers and vendors of gloves.

Let this site be your guide to the magic that is the opera glove!




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Welcome to the Web's first and foremost opera-glove resource! Nowhere else will you find gathered such an archive of imagery and discussion concerning the classic opera glove, in all its forms and variants!


30 MAY 2010 - In honor of the 86th birthday of Marilyn Monroe on June 1, For the Love of Opera Gloves is pleased to present to you 28 new and updated galleries with over 1,100 new images of Marilyn wearing all sorts of gloves - especially opera gloves!

NOTICE TO ALL WEB-BASED PINUP/GLAMOUR MODELS, CLASSIC-BURLESQUE-REVIVAL PERFORMERS, ETC.: If you wear opera gloves a lot in your line of work, or just love opera gloves, For the Love of Opera Gloves wants YOU for our website! Read the notice to find out how you can have a gallery of your best opera-glove images posted here!

Second important notice: to all visitors looking for Climax Fashions:

For the Love of Opera Gloves has no connection with Climax Fashions, including their trademarked company name. We apologize for any confusion and suggest that if you came here looking for Climax Fashions, we recommend that you visit their website at Climax Fashions.

Third important notice: As of 10/12/03, HOTLINKING OF IMAGES FROM THIS WEBSITE IS NOT ALLOWED! ("Hotlinking", in this case, is the practice of putting up text links to a specific image on a website from another site, and should not be confused with regular linking of sites to sites or whole page URL's.) This practice eats up bandwidth that I have to pay for. I ask that if you would like to use images from this site on your own site, that you please download them directly and then upload them to your own site instead of freeloading on my bandwidth allowance. Also, I would be appreciative if you would ask first before using images; some of them have been given to me by the proprietors of other sites and should _not_ be used anywhere else without their express consent. Thank you for your cooperation!

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COPYRIGHT AND IMAGES FROM OTHER SITES: Webmasters/webmistresses of other sites, please read the copyright page before contacting this site's webmaster. If you believe that your image(s) have been improperly used, please let me know and we will try to resolve the situation in a mutually satisfactory fashion. We try to give credit where credit is due but with such a large site as this it's easy to overlook things.

Everyone who would like to get in touch with their favorite stars, please take notice: For the Love of Opera Gloves has no - repeat, no - official connection whatever with any of the celebrities presented on this site. We do not have mailing addresses for anyone, cannot provide such addresses, and cannot forward snail mail or e-mail.

Site visitors who would like to help support For the Love of Opera Gloves now have two online options - they can contribute via the Amazon Honor System, or PayPal! Click on the PayPal button or the Amazon.com paybox to help For the Love of Opera Gloves! (Direct donations via snail mail are also welcome; please email me for details if you would like to help out in this way. Please also see my message to visitors concerning the expenses it requires to run this site and how you can help.)

We've joined the blogger revolution! For the Love of Opera Gloves announces the creation of a brand new web log ("blog"), The Opera Glove Blog. Click on this link to keep up with the webmaster's commentary on his site, opera gloves, fashion in general and anything else that pops into his mind!

For the Love of Opera Gloves would like to thank Dennis, one of our regular visitors, for his extensive contributions from his documentary collection, which you will be seeing a great deal of in future updates! In this update, you will find hundreds of vidcaps of rare opera-glove movie and TV scenes from his collection, with many more soon to come! P.S. Don't forget to visit the Poster Store! P.P.S. New HTML fragment available for Gloves Webring members at The Gloves Webring Homepage!

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Visit the Mousquetaire Journal for daily (or whenever there's news) reports on what's going on at For the Love of Opera Gloves, daily samples from the sites, and whatever else your humble webmaster wants to rant about. :)

Visit the Opera Glove Message Board, where you can discuss opera gloves, check the latest site announcements, find links to new sites and make friends with other lovers of opera gloves:

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I can be contacted at webmaster@operagloves.com (which is the new main contact address for this site as of 27 May 2001), jadmirel@earthlink.net or joea64@yahoo.com. (Please note that inquiries related to the website should be addressed first to the operagloves.com address; I get large amounts of other mail through the Yahoo! and Earthlink mailboxes.) New images, or links to new images, should be submitted to newimages@operagloves.com. Questions and comments on the site can also be posted at the Opera Glove Message Board. Please feel free to write if you have information, images or links to contribute! Don't forget to sign the Opera Glove Lover's Guestbook, too - just look below in the counter graphic and follow the link - it's easy!!

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ATTENTION WEBMASTERS: If your site deals with high fashion, historical fashion, or great classic or modern actresses or other celebrities who wore, or wear, long gloves, or if you are a glove manufacturer or vendor, I want to link to your site and I want you to link to my site; email me! Please link through this page, http://www.operagloves.com/glovmain.html. The following banners are available for your use, if you wish; I will be happy to set up banners on my own links page (providing, of course, that the graphics are small and quick-loading):





ATTENTION VISITORS: Again, PLEASE give me feedback on the site, by email, by signing the guestbook below, or by posting to the message board via the link above. I cannot effectively meet the wishes of my visitors, nor can I maintain the site effectively, unless I know what people want and what problems they may find with the HTML or other things while visiting. Thank you for your assistance!

NOTE: This site will NOT - ever - post hard-core pornographic material, so don't bother to ask for it. Scantily-clad ladies in gloves, or ladies in their lingerie and gloves, are, however, a whole different kettle of fish...

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COPYRIGHT NOTICE AND LEGAL DISCLAIMER (a/k/a The Fine Print): This website created 17 July 1999 and last updated 30 May 2010. All images on this site, including video captures, are the legal property of their original copyright owners, or the owners of copyright duly assigned by process of law, and may not be used, sold or reproduced in any way, manner or form for purposes of making or earning profit without the express written permission of the original copyright owner; the unauthorized use of copyrighted images for profitmaking purposes without the permission of the copyright owner is a violation of U.S. law, the laws of most other nations, and international treaty, and renders the violator subject to civil and/or criminal penalty. In the specific case of video captures, such images are presented as and only as excerpts from specific scenes for the specific and sole purpose of review and information on certain scenes of particular interest to the visitor to this website, and are not, nor should they be taken to be or assumed to be, substitutes for the actual footage of the original cinematic film or television series episode; and furthermore, all viewers of these images are strongly encouraged to purchase the original films from accredited video or film dealers, insofar as any of these films are available for purchase; and to that end, several online links to video dealers are provided at this website for this purpose. All other images (photographs, paintings, drawings, posters or other graphical images) have been found in open public sources on the Internet (World-Wide Web sites, public FTP directories or Usenet newsgroups), and thus are assumed to be in the public domain unless the webmaster is specifically informed otherwise in writing, or else have been contributed to this site by fellow glove enthusiasts or reproduced with the permission of the maintainers of the websites on which these images originally appeared, and all such images are assumed, unless the webmaster is specifically informed otherwise in writing, to be in the public domain. If you are the webmaster of a site from which photographs have been excerpted, or owner of a photograph reproduced on this site or any copyright thereof, whether the original copyright holder or the assignee thereof, and you feel that your photographs or other images are being misused to the detriment of your legal property rights, please _politely_ contact me (I am under no obligation to respond courteously to rude, abusive or harrassing communications), with specifics of the image(s) at issue, and I will remove them if requested to do so; but I would prefer to retain them with links back to your own site, which benefits both of us by increasing traffic to both our sites. This site is maintained strictly for nonprofit educational and entertainment purposes, within the terms of "fair-use" provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976 and subsequent legislation, and the use of all imagery on this website is governed by said "fair use" provisions. For further commentary, please see the page on copyright. Text and original graphics copyright Joe Admire 1999-2010; do not reproduce without permission!