Dress, Worn by Elizabeth Parke Firestone, 1949

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 purchased a number of dresses from Saks Fifth Avenue's Salon Moderne, an exclusive boutique headed by designer Sophie Gimbel. Gimbel created stylish made-to-measure gowns for fashion-conscious American women of means.

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 purchased a number of dresses from Saks Fifth Avenue's Salon Moderne, an exclusive boutique headed by designer Sophie Gimbel. Gimbel created stylish made-to-measure gowns for fashion-conscious American women of means.

Artifact

Dress (Garment)

Date Made

1949

Creators

Gimbel, Sophie, 1898-1981 

Saks Fifth Avenue 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Designed by Sophia Gimbel for Salon Moderne, retailed by Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

89.492.305

Credit

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

Material

Silk (Textile)
Organza
Cotton (Textile)
Machine lace

Technique

Hand sewing
Machine sewing (Technique)
Applique (Technique)

Color

Navy blue
White (Color)

Inscriptions

Clothing label: Salon Moderne/SAKS FIFTH AVENUE. Stamped on label: 804. Handwritten on label: Mrs. H. Firestone June 30, 1949

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