Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944) was an American graphic artist, painter, and one-time editor and owner of Life magazine. Gibson is most famous for his pen and ink drawings of the Gibson Girl, an idealized image of the modern American girl: independent, vibrant sophisticated, educated, athletic, stylish, feminine, and beautiful.
The iconic Gibson Girl became a model of fashion and beauty and was popular from the 1890’s to the Flapper era of the 1920’s. The inspiration for the Gibson Girl was said to be Gibson’s sister Josephine, or his wife, Irene, and her four sisters.
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