Suit, Worn by Elizabeth Parke Firestone, 1949-1950

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 New York and Paris design houses -- like that of Cristobal Balenciaga, who made this suit -- to meet her high fashion standards.

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 New York and Paris design houses -- like that of Cristobal Balenciaga, who made this suit -- to meet her high fashion standards.

Artifact

Suit (Main garment)

Date Made

1949-1950

Creators

Balenciaga, Cristobal, 1895-1972 

Place of Creation

France, Paris 

Creator Notes

Designed by Cristobal Balenciaga in Paris, France

 On Exhibit

On Loan - Victoria & Albert Museum

Object ID

92.140.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mrs. William Clay Ford, Mrs. John F. Ball, and Mrs. William Leatherman.

Material

Wool (Textile)
Velvet (Fabric weave)
Patent leather

Color

Black (Color)
White (Color)

Inscriptions

clothing tag: 31663 / BALENCIAGA / 10 AVENUE GEORGE V. PARIS

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