Fashion Design Proposal by Balenciaga for Elizabeth Parke Firestone, 1954

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 standards. This custom dress proposal was made for her by the 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 New York and Paris fashion centers to meet her high standards. This custom dress proposal was made for her by the Paris design house of Cristobal Balenciaga.

Artifact

Presentation drawing (Proposal)

Date Made

1954

Subject Date

1954

Creators

Balenciaga (Firm) 

Place of Creation

France, Paris 

Collection Title

Firestone Family Papers 

 On Exhibit

On Loan - Victoria & Albert Museum

Object ID

89.492.1697.56

Credit

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

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Ink
Cloth
Silk (Textile)

Technique

Fashion illustration (Image-making process)

Color

Pink (Color)
Blue
Gray (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 11 in

Width: 8.5 in

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