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Gibson Girl

The Gibson Girl was the archetypical young American beauty, as depicted in the drawings of the illustrator Charles Dana Gibson from the late 19th century until the World War I era. She was elegant, upper-class, perfectly dressed, and dominating in her relations with men, who were generally shown as so enthralled as to be willing to perform any task for a Gibson Girl. The Gibson girl affected styles in clothing and her hair style favored full tresses piled high in bouffant fashion.

The Gibson Girl fell out of fashion with the advent of World War I, when American women began to prefer more comfortable and practical clothing over the stylish but restrictive garb favored by the Gibson Girl.