Dress, Worn by Elizabeth Parke Firestone, circa 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. Firestone favored New York and Paris fashion centers to meet her high standard. This dress, though it does not carry his label, is possibly a Christian Dior design from his 1952 Spring Collection.

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 fashion centers to meet her high standard. This dress, though it does not carry his label, is possibly a Christian Dior design from his 1952 Spring Collection.

Artifact

Dress (Garment)

Date Made

circa 1952

Creators

Christian Dior (Firm) 

Place of Creation

France, Paris 

Creator Notes

Possibly designed or based on a design by Christian Dior

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

89.492.538

Credit

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

Material

Wool (Textile)
Patent leather

Color

Navy blue
Black (Color)

Inscriptions

Clothing label: 1837(1?) Embroidered at neckline: "F" (for "front") and "B" (for "back") Embroidered in pockets: "R" (for "right") and "L" (for "left")

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