Dress, Worn by Elizabeth Parke Firestone, 1950

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 blue, frequented several well-known Paris design houses. This navy plaid dress 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 blue, frequented several well-known Paris design houses. This navy plaid dress was designed by Cristobal Balenciaga.

Artifact

Dress (Garment)

Date Made

1950

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

89.492.345

Credit

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

Material

Silk (Textile)
Taffeta
Acetate
Crepe (Textile)
Synthetic fiber

Color

Navy blue
Ivory (Color)

Inscriptions

Dress label: BALENCIAGA/10 AVENUE GEORGE V/PARIS. Order #36317 handwritten in ink.

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