Christian Dior Evening Dress, Worn by Elizabeth Parke Firestone, 1952

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. Paris designer Christian Dior used a great deal of red in his clothing line. Firestone favored pinks and fuchsias over true reds making this dress an unusual choice for her.

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. Paris designer Christian Dior used a great deal of red in his clothing line. Firestone favored pinks and fuchsias over true reds making this dress an unusual choice for her.

Artifact

Evening dress (Garment)

Date Made

1952

Creators

Christian Dior (Firm) 

Place of Creation

France, Paris 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

89.492.319

Credit

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

Material

Silk (Textile)
Taffeta
Cotton (Textile)
Net (Textile)

Technique

Machine sewing (Technique)
Hand sewing

Color

Red

Inscriptions

Clothing label: AUTOMNE-HIVER 1952 / Christian Dior / PARIS / MADE IN FRANCE. Stamped on label: 24345. Handwritten on tag sewn on back of label: 53991 CRISTIAN DIOR, PARIS / AUTOMNE - HIVER 1952 / MADE IN FRANCE / 24345

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