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 was sent a photograph of a Balenciaga mannequin wearing a designer's sample of this classic day dress. She then requested her own made-to-order version.

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 was sent a photograph of a Balenciaga mannequin wearing a designer's sample of this classic day dress. She then requested her own made-to-order version.

Artifact

Dress (Garment)

Date Made

1950

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, Paris, France

 On Exhibit

On Loan - Victoria & Albert Museum

Object ID

89.492.489

Credit

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

Material

Silk (Textile)
Taffeta

Technique

Hand sewing
Machine sewing (Technique)

Color

Navy blue
White (Color)

Inscriptions

Dress label: BALENCIAGA / 10 AVENUE GEORGE V / PARIS. Model# 35316

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