Christian Dior Evening Dress, Worn by Elizabeth Parke Firestone to the Reopening of the Vienna Opera House, 1955

Summary

Elizabeth Parke Firestone's refined sense of fashion reflected years of interest in clothing design and collaboration with world-renowned couturiers. Firestone requested this custom gown from the Paris design house of Christian Dior for the November 5, 1955 Vienna Opera House reopening. Later that month, Firestone--wearing the blue-grey ball gown with metallic embroidery and iridescent rhinestones--was featured in LIFE magazine.

Elizabeth Parke Firestone's refined sense of fashion reflected years of interest in clothing design and collaboration with world-renowned couturiers. Firestone requested this custom gown from the Paris design house of Christian Dior for the November 5, 1955 Vienna Opera House reopening. Later that month, Firestone--wearing the blue-grey ball gown with metallic embroidery and iridescent rhinestones--was featured in LIFE magazine.

Artifact

Evening dress (Garment)

Date Made

1955

Creators

Christian Dior (Firm) 

Saint Laurent, Yves, 1936-2008 

Place of Creation

France, Paris 

Creator Notes

Designed by Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, Paris, France

 On Exhibit

On Loan - Ohio State University

Object ID

89.492.329

Credit

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

Material

Silk (Textile)
Satin
Horsehair
Net (Textile)
Rhinestone
Sequins (Spangles)

Technique

Embroidering

Color

Bluish gray

Inscriptions

Dress label: CHRISTIAN DIOR / AUTOMNE-HIVER / PARIS / 78059

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