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Pearl Button Adorned Pink Evening Dress, about 1946


Evening dress of blue chiffon over pink chiffon over metallic lace with pink silk lining. Neckline outlined with fabric flowers in shades of purple, mauve, yellow, pink, green; flowers have some gold embroidery and are interspersed with painted wooden beads in yellow and green. Dropped waistline. Blue hanging sash passes from back of right shoulder across front to left. Hem has wide band of metallic lace, trimmed with flowers. This garment was owned by Mrs. Harvey Firestone of Detroit, Michigan.This dress was probably sewn for Mrs. Firestone during World War II when the French salons were shut down by the Germans. It is a New York piece that is simple and whimsical - the plain bodice tucks into a matching skirt decorated not with metallic beading (which was probably difficult to get at the time), but with acres of buttons.

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