Coral Silk Evening Dress, about 1935
Sleeveless floor-length dress with matching long-sleeve jacket in coral silk crepe. V-shaped neckline in front and back; floating curved panels over bust; sewn tucks over midriff. Self-fabric button closure in back leaves small, diamond-shaped opening in middle of back. Short half-belt in back. Seams curved over hips with slight fullness below knees. Weighted bottom. China silk half-slip in matching color. Waist-length, double-breasted jacket with suplice closure and 2 self-fabric buttons. No collar. Elbow-length bell sleeves. Clothing label: JEAN PATOU/PARIS. Patou designed clothing for thin, young women.This garment was owned by Mrs. Harvey Firestone of Detroit, Michigan.This form-fitting dress would have required Mrs. Firestone to maintain her slim figure, and she surely looked smashing in it. It has particularly exquisite back detail, and is in coral, which was a very popular color in the 1930's.