Friday Fame: The Gibson Girl
I think the resemblance is rather fascinating, especially the way Camille carried herself with such straightforward confidence and grace. But let’s get back to the Gibson Girl. She was a staple in American society in the early 1900s; women all across the country wanted to be like her – and in more ways than simply appearance: the Gibson Girl’s solitary independence resonated with women at a very crucial time and, I think, inspired them. She embodied dignity, elegance and class in every illustration, and was most often depicted as being an equal to men in a time when that was not necessarily the case in society. As appearances go, however, she was also widely admired by both women and men. It’s my understanding - though I’m no Gibson scholar, to be sure - that with the Gibson Girl was born the fantastically curvy S-shape that would be popular with such women as Mae West and Marilyn Monroe later in the 20th century. I also think the success and popularity of the Gibson Girl as a model for women was a big influence on the way society would few models and actresses on magazine covers and in movies in the future. It’s interesting to imagine what was sparked from one drawing!
If you’d like to read more about Charles Gibson and his Gibson Girl, I would suggest visiting www.Gibson-Girls.com. I hope you all enjoyed this little bit of fashion "history" as much as I did!