jueves, agosto 28, 2008

The Gibson Girls

«The Gibson Girl was the personification of the feminine ideal as portrayed in the satirical pen and ink illustrated stories created by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson during a twenty year period spanning the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in the United States.
The "Gibson Girl" set what some argue as the first national standard for a feminine beauty ideal. For the next two decades, the popularity of this fictional image ushered in a national mania for all things Gibson. There was merchandising of "saucers, ashtrays, tablecloths, pillow covers, chair covers, souvenir spoons, screens, fans, umbrella stands", all bearing her image.» (artículo en wikipedia)


«In Victorian times, illustrators for popular magazines had as much influence on people as movies and television do today. Just as we now look for fashion ideas and moral inspiration from celebrities, actors, or musicians, so the Americans of the 1890's and first two decades of the past century found their hopes and ideals expressed in the pen-and-ink drawings of Charles Dana Gibson.
Many writers have attempted to describe the Gibson Girl, but Susan E. Meyer, in her book America's Great Illustrators did it best and most simply: "She was taller than the other women currently seen in the pages of magazines.. infinitely more spirited and independent, yet altogether feminine. She appeared in a stiff shirtwaist, her soft hair piled into a chignon, topped by a big plumed hat. Her flowing skirt was hiked up in back with just a hint of a bustle. She was poised and patrician. Though always well bred, there often lurked a flash of mischief in her eyes."
The flash of mischief was not lost upon readers. It was a characteristic they loved, that seemed to exemplify the American spirit of resourcefulness, adventurousness, and liberation from European traditions.» (más aquí)

[más ilustraciones de Charles Dana Gibson]



Las de papel:





Y las otras (Evelyn Nesbit y Camille Clifford):








Fascinante, ¿verdad?

9 Comments:

  • Mujeres jarrón.

    Innes ha cometido bloguicidio. Mándale un beso y dile que no se vaya del todo anda.

    By Blogger princesadehojalata, at 15/9/08 23:30  

  • Bueno , bueno, llegué aquí "linkando" desde la columna lateral de sucesivos blogs, y la verdad que te digo que tienes un blog fantástico. He estado mirando también por el archivo, al azar, y, si no te importa: me verás a menudo por aquí.

    Con tu permiso te enlazo, y aprovecho la ocasión para invitarte a un café en "mi casita"

    Un saludo

    ( Fantástico Gibson, sí) ^_^

    By Blogger Femme d chocolat, at 14/12/08 10:16  

  • Gracias Danae por dejarnos tu blog: así puedo enviarte desde aquí mi recuerdo y desearte feliz navidad. Francisco.

    By Blogger francisco aranguren, at 24/12/08 15:34  

  • Thanks for sharing.

    By Anonymous ybinin, at 20/4/09 20:28  

  • uno de los mejores blogs con los que me he topado. sensible, culto e interesante, una pena que no haya continuado

    By Anonymous Anónimo, at 18/9/09 02:47  

  • mi blog saluda a tu blog y yo saludo a este blog.

    By Blogger Fran, at 18/9/09 06:41  

  • Gracias.

    By Blogger Danae, at 19/9/09 10:41  

  • He estado un mes sin escribir en mi blog. Lo olvidé casi. Envidié a quienes tomáis decisiones definitivas. Escribir consuela y a veces lo necesita uno. Sí hay cuadernos también. Danae, paso por aquí para recordarte y para enviarte un beso.

    By Blogger francisco, at 6/4/10 23:53  

  • Son maravillosas. Llegué por azar al blog y me he quedado mironeando.. ¡Saludos!

    By Blogger Maya, at 29/11/10 08:04  

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