Peace, war, and what they wore. Historic archetypes of American styling, ringing down through the years, continually inspire modern designers' dreaming. Here's how six quintessential American looks are born (again, and again) today.
The Gibson Girl
Vogue pulls together a modern sporty take on the Gibson Girl with her curved silhouette and hair piled high.
Before the start of World War I, the Gibson Girl was the rage. She was the personification of a feminine ideal as portrayed in the illustrated stories created by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson during the late 19th and early 20th century in the United States. The Gibson Girl was tall, slender yet with ample bosom, hips and bottom in the S-curve torso shape achieved by wearing a swan-bill corset. Her neck was thin and her hair piled high upon her head in the contemporary bouffant, chignon fashions. The Gibson Girl was feminine but also broke through several gender barriers for her attire allowed her to participate in sports, including golf, roller skating, and bicycling. The most famous Gibson Girl was probably the Belgian-American stage actress, Camille Clifford.
Vogue's version of the artistic bohemian.Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, involving musical, artistic or literary pursuits, with few permanent ties. Bohemians can be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds. The term bohemian, of French origin, was first used in the English language in the 19th century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers,journalists, musicians, and actors in major European cities.
The Flapper girl of one of my favourite fashion era, the roaring-twenties.
In the 1920s, flappers broke away from the Victorian image of womanhood. They dropped the corset, chopped their hair, dropped layers of clothing to increase ease of movement, wore make-up, created the concept of dating, and became a sexual person. They created what many consider the "new" or "modern" woman. A skinny boy's figure was suddenly de rigueur on grown women... and has remained popular (with a few ups and downs in the bra-cup department) for nearly 90 years.
Dressed in military greens and camouflage prints.
War-time work drove waves of women into factories and offices. Ornamental frills and frippery gave way to pockets, plain colours and freedom of movement.
The Screen Siren
Lara Stone, resembling a young Kim Basinger.
The formula is simple - hug the figure, reveal the best Lana Turner assets, gesture big, and think Edith Head (the American costume designer who garnered eight Academy Awards—more than any other woman in history.
The elegant debutante with heiress with her waved hair, diamond jewels, strapless gown and a crimson-lipped pale face. Few looks (save for, perhaps a perfect tuxedo on a clean-shaven man) have had such social longevity.