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October 11, 2020

Camille Clifford: Classic Beauty That Defined the ‘Gibson Girl’ Style

Born 1885 in Antwerp, Belgian stage actress became an actress, performing in the United States from 1902 and in England from 1904. In the early 1900s, she won $2,000 in a magazine contest sponsored by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson to find a living version of his Gibson Girl drawings: his ideal woman.

Clifford returned from London to Boston on 3 July 1906. While only playing walk-on, non-speaking roles, Clifford became famous nonetheless: not for her talent, but for her beauty. Her trademark style was a long, elegant gown wrapped around her tightly corseted, eighteen-inch wasp waist.

Clifford retired from the stage upon her marriage in 1906. She made a brief return to the stage after the death of her first husband in 1914. Despite her reputation as ‘the quintessential Gibson Girl’, she was by no means the only person to pose for the popular character.

Take a look at these beautiful photos of young Camille Clifford to see her towering coiffure and hourglass figure that defined the ‘Gibson Girl’ style.


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