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The Gibson Girl Illustration by Charles Dana Gibson

Charles Gibson's black and white beautiful drawings represented a new fashion, new beauty symbol for women in the 1890s and early 1900s. They were topical and humorous and won hearts throughout the world.

The Gibson Girl Illustration by Charles Dana Gibson

The Gibson Girl was tall, narrow-waisted, with her soft hair piled into a chignon, independent, yet elegant and feminine. And men totally lost their heads in her presence.

Despite their long elegant dresses and hourglass, tightly corseted figures «Gibson Girls» were full of energy and athletic.

They swam in the sea.

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Went for walks in the mountains without a male escort.

Rode on horseback, wore trousers, and smoked!

They played golf and learned to ride a bike.

The Gibson Girl Illustration by Charles Dana Gibson

They read books..

Listened to the music..

Enjoyed themselves...

Not only that. The beautiful girls fell in love..

And although love was not always mutual ...

...And the best doctor couldn't alwaays heal a broken heart..

Even Cupid sometimes was powerless..

But only in very rare cases, love died in Gibson's drawings.

More often love was celebrated!
The Gibson Girl Illustration by Charles Dana Gibson

No wonder, every American girl tried to resemble the Gibson Girl.
Even "American Princess", the daughter of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt - Alice Roosevelt Longworth wore Gibson Girl updo hairstyle and participated in car racing.

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Gibson gained just unimaginable popularity. Posters, postcards, stamps...

The artist is most likely responsible for the creation of the Gibson martini (where a pickled onion serves as the garnish).
Henry Pitz wrote in The Gibson Girl and Her America "He had a lot to reveal about the characters of his era and had more than a little to do with the shaping of it"..

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