This is the catalog for an exhibition at the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Society of Illustrators Museum in New York City.
From the publisher:
Orson Byron Lowell and Charles Dana Gibson were two of the most influential illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th century, working from about 1890 to 1930. They created fashion-filled compositions that linked dress and witty social commentary. Their observations about people in society and their foibles were artfully represented in popular publications like The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, Vogue and the original Life magazine.
The exhibition juxtaposes about 50 Lowell and Gibson illustrations with actual period Gilded Age costumes and accessories. This not only brings the illustrations, in effect, "to life" in three dimensions for the visitor; it also allows the visitor to see the historic clothing as part of a broader context of Gilded Age society in New York, as well as inherently beautiful artifacts in their own right.
Focusing on the life of "high society" in New York City, the illustrations invite the viewer to understand fashion as a vehicle for representing and interpreting societal ideals in the Gilded Age.