Evening Dress, Worn by Elizabeth Parke Firestone, 1952-1953

Summary

Elizabeth Parke Firestone, wife of tire magnate Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., cultivated a refined sense of fashion through years of interest in clothing design and collaboration with world-renowned couturiers. Firestone, who favored blues and pinks, frequented several well-known Paris design houses. This gown made of navy chiffon over salmon-pink satin was designed by Cristobal Balenciaga.

Elizabeth Parke Firestone, wife of tire magnate Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., cultivated a refined sense of fashion through years of interest in clothing design and collaboration with world-renowned couturiers. Firestone, who favored blues and pinks, frequented several well-known Paris design houses. This gown made of navy chiffon over salmon-pink satin was designed by Cristobal Balenciaga.

Artifact

Evening dress (Garment)

Date Made

1952-1953

Creators

Balenciaga, Cristobal, 1895-1972 

House of Balenciaga 

Place of Creation

France, Paris 

Creator Notes

Designed by Cristobal Balenciaga and made by the House of Balenciaga, Paris, France

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

89.492.521

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mrs. Harvey Firestone, Jr.

Material

Silk (Textile)
Chiffon
Satin

Technique

Hand sewing
Machine sewing (Technique)

Color

Navy Blue
Pink (Color)

Inscriptions

Label: BALENCIAGA / 10 AVENUE GEORGE V / PARIS Order# 31905

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