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The early 1900s Gibson Girl was the first national beauty standard for American women. Her neck was thin and her hair piled high upon her head in the contemporary bouffant, pompadour, and chignon ("waterfall of curls") fashions. The statuesque, narrow-waisted ideal feminine figure was portrayed as being at ease and stylish. She was a member of upper class society, always perfectly dressed in the latest fashionable attire appropriate for the place and time of day.
Street style 1906: Edward Linley Sambourne’s fashion blog
1906 photos by Edward Linley Sambourne - what Sambourne captures in his street photography, and why his pictures are of interest to historians of fashion, is a certain casual look all the young women in them have, which is quite different from the formal image of Edwardian fashion you see in many textbooks and costume dramas
Summer seaside dress, circa 1890-1902. Two-piece light blue chambray with self-fabric belt, tiny mother of pearl buttons on front. Cord closures, sailor collar, pintucks. All pieces are inset with navy blue embroidered white cotton bands. Via Augusta Auctions.