CANCELLED – Demonstration and Talk – “Get Ready with Me: Gibson Girl”

September 18, 2021 @ 2:00 pm


Pittsfield hair stylist, Kate Baisley, of Kate Audrey Artistry, will present a brief history of the beauty trends, routines and cosmetics of the Edwardian era, followed by a hair and makeup demonstration on a live costumed model at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, September 18 at 2 pm. Baisley’s presentation coincides with the mansion’s “The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon” exhibit now on view and with ArtWeek Berkshires that takes place September 16 – 26.

Charles Dana Gibson, the most talented and successful commercial artist between 1890 and 1920, created an ideal American woman, so lovely that she would become for all time the symbol of her own age – The Gibson Girl.  Tall, elegant, independent and strong, she was competent either on a bicycle or in the ballroom.  She was a national treasure, a definition of style that taught an entire generation of women how to walk, talk and dress.

Kate will show her audience how this woman became the first standard of beauty for American women; the timeless beauty of the classic Gibson Girl look. Kate’s audience will learn about the hair and make-up products that were in use during the time; learn how to create the hair shape and silhouettes that were the rage, and understand the evolution of beauty products and modern substitutions to achieve similar Gilded Age results.

Kate has trained with top New York stylists and has been a member of the Aveda New York Fashion Week team.  She is also a member of the Ventfort Hall board of directors.

Admission is $25.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.