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Camille Clifford , early 1900 - The corseted body shape that today looks deformed and unnatural was seen as the ideal womanly silhouette at the time. This hourglass figure belongs to the actress Camille Clifford who was nicknamed the "Gibson Girl". Gibson Girls were originally characters created in the fashion illustrations of the American Charles Dana Gibson, but the term came to exemplify the independent sports woman, with big hair and tiny waist. (text 'Decades of Fashion' by H. Worsley )
Born in Belgium and finally raided in Boston USA, Camille Clifford's towering coiffure and unbelievable figure made her famous as a picture postcard icon. In 1905 she won a contest initiated by the illustrator Charles Dana Gibson who was looking for a woman to depict his stylized Gibson Girl sketches.