Evening 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 favored blues and preferred pinks and fuchsias over true reds. She purchased this pale blue gown with heavy embroidery and a fuchsia sash from the well-known Paris design house of 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 favored blues and preferred pinks and fuchsias over true reds. She purchased this pale blue gown with heavy embroidery and a fuchsia sash from the well-known Paris design house of Cristobal Balenciaga.

Artifact

Evening dress (Garment)

Date Made

1950

Creators

Balenciaga, Cristobal, 1895-1972 

Balenciaga (Firm) 

Place of Creation

France, Paris 

Creator Notes

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

 On Exhibit

On Loan - Victoria & Albert Museum

Object ID

89.492.549

Credit

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

Material

Faille
Satin
Silk (Textile)
Pearl (Animal material)
Beads (Pierced objects)

Technique

Embroidering

Color

Gray (Color)
Light blue
Strong pink
White (Color)

Inscriptions

Dress label: BALENCIAGA 10 AVENUE GEORGE V PARIS. Order# 37.098 Handwritten on tag sewn on back of label: 37.098

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