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blog > The girl in the red velvet swing
April 01, 2021

I can't remember the first time I set eyes on the photo of stunning Evelyn Nesbit with flowers in her hair,  but I was certainly taken with her ethereal beauty. She had a timeless quality to her, as relevant and beautiful in the 1890's as she would be today.


Evelyn Nesbit was a popular American chorus girl and artists’ model whose liaison with renowned architect Stanford White immortalized her as "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing."


In the early part of the 20th century, the figure and face of Evelyn Nesbit was everywhere, appearing in mass circulation newspaper and magazine advertisements, on souvenir items and calendars, making her a cultural celebrity. Her career began in her early teens in Philadelphia and continued in New York, where she posed for a cadre of respected artists of the era, James Carroll BeckwithFrederick S. Church, and notably Charles Dana Gibson, who idealized her as a “Gibson Girl.” She had the distinction of being an early “live model,” in an era when fashion photography as an advertising medium was just beginning its ascendancy.