Suit, Worn by Elizabeth Parke Firestone, 1951

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, who favored blue, frequented several well-known Paris design houses. This navy suit was designed by 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, who favored blue, frequented several well-known Paris design houses. This navy suit was designed by Cristobal Balenciaga.

Artifact

Suit (Main garment)

Date Made

1951

Creators

Balenciaga, Cristobal, 1895-1972 

House of Balenciaga 

Place of Creation

France, Paris 

Creator Notes

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

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

89.492.494

Credit

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

Material

Linen (Material)
Cotton (Textile)
Silk (Textile)

Technique

Hand sewing
Machine sewing (Technique)

Color

Navy blue
White (Color)

Inscriptions

Label: BALENCIAGA/10 AVENUE GEORGE V/PARIS. Order# 38713

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