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  • Ebroidered Organza and Satin Dress with Shawl, about 1957

    Short evening dress with shawl. Cream organza over satin. Stylized pink thistles with greens stems embroidered down front in silk floss, gold sequins and gold metal. Fitted strapless bodice with two vertical bows on either side of center front waistline. Half-belt in back at the waistline. Corselet in bodice. Stiff nylon underskirt with two layers of nylon tulle. Double organza rectangular shawl with stylized carnation embroidered on center back. This garment was owned by Mrs. Harvey Firestone o…

  • Navy Blue Print Crepe Evening Dress, 1933-1935

    Sheer navy blue print crepe dress with white stylized flowers in an all-over pattern. Square neckline with 2.5 inch wide shoulder straps.Self-fabric bows at left neckline and left hip. Deep V-neck in back. Attached white silk slip. Clothing label: MAINBOCHER INC. This garment was owned by Elizabeth Parke Firestone, daughter of Mr. Harvey Firestone of Detroit, Michigan.Mainbocher was one of Mrs. Firestone's favorite designers, according to her daughter, Mrs. William C. Ford. This is one of only t…

  • Silk Organza Sleeveless Evening Dress and Jacket, 1937

    Dress and jacket of thin, peach-colored silk organza. Bodice goes over the head and wrap-ties in front. Bodice is sleeveless with V-neckline. Center, front, and waistline piping accents. Peplum below waistline. Three coiled-cord buttons. Very full bias-cut skirt over beige silk chemise. Separate matching jacket with tucked yoke and short sleeves. Clothing label: ALIX/PARIS. Number inscribed on label: 7027. ALIX was the label of Alix Gres, also known as Madame Gres. Born as either Germaine Krebs …

  • Appliqued Silk Summer Evening Dress, 1949

    Cream summer evening dress of raw silk with decorative red cord floral applique on collar, cuffs, skirt and belt. Front closure with self-fabric buttons with red embroidery. Clothing label: Salon Moderne/SAKS FIFTH AVENUE. Handwritten on back of label: Mrs. Firestone/1-27-49/473.

  • Sleeveless Lace Cocktail Dress, 1953-1956

    Sleeveless dress of navy blue machine lace over navy organza and navy taffeta. Scooped neckline. Lace skirt stiffened with horsehair and taffeta. Seam at waistline. Taffeta petticoat is separate but snaps onto dress. Separate contour self-fabric belt. Clothing label: BALENCIAGA/10 AVENUE GEORGE V/PARIS. The use of lace was much favored by Balenciaga.

  • Embroidered Print Silk Chiffon Evening Dress, ca. 1937

    Medium-blue floor-length silk chiffon dress with white spiral print. Some spirals embroidered with white beads and small iridescent sequins. V-shaped neckline edged with self-piping with self-fabric bow at base. Cap sleeves and shoulder pads. Seam at waist with separate self-fabric sash and bow. The chemise shown in the photograph is not the original.

  • Chiffon Evening Dress, adorned with silk flowers, 1924

    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. A lovely, early dress from the Firestone collection.This garment was …

  • Adorned Satin Evening Dress, 1947

    Sleeveless red satin dress. Wide scooped neckline decorated with gathered leaf-shaped pieces to form petal effect; similar piece pinned below waist. Seam at waistline; self-fabric contour belt. Full bias-cut skirt with box-pleat trim on inside of hem. Bodice boned, but dress unlined. Clothing label: Salon Moderne/SAKS FIFTH AVENUE. Handwritten on label: Mrs. Firestone/11-28-47/402. This dress was probably made for winter 1947 Christmas or holiday parties.

  • 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.…

  • White Silk Organza Evening Dress, 1932-1933

    White silk organza evening dress. Bias-cut bodice with small pieces of organza forming cap/shawl sleeves which hook to center back straps. Criss-crossing straps covered with irridescent white sequins and tiny silver bugle beads. Full skirt covered with scallops, each edged with organza ruffle and decorated with sequins and beads. Self-fabric sash. Back closure of self-fabric buttons and loops. Cream silk crepe chemise. Clutch purse covered in irridescent sequins to match dress. Clothing label: J…

  • Satin Brocade Evening Dress with Jacket, 1953

    Short evening dress with jacket. Off-white silk satin brocade with leaf patterns and mauve, dark blue and light blue stripes with metallic silver and gold threads. Strapless bodice with double diagonal tuck. Short, full skirt softly pleated into waistband, creating fullness at hips. First petticoat is double layer of nylon tulle with rows of horsehair for stiffening; two additional nylon tulle petticoats underneath. Matching jacket with short sleeves and open front, closing with band under bust.…

  • Strapless Chiffon and Satin Evening Dress, 1952-1953

    Gown of navy-blue silk chiffon over salmon-pink silk satin. The two fabrics are sewn together at each seam and at hem. Chiffon slightly gathered over bustline to navy blue velvet ribbon to Empire waist. Natural waist with seam; separate self-fabric belt with buckle. Attached to left side of dress is a length of navy-blue chiffon that could hang down side or serve as short stole. Skirt cut on bias. Clothing label: BALENCIAGA/10 AVENUE GEORGE V/PARIS. Handwritten on tag sewn on back of label: 3190…

  • Silk Ottoman-Style Dress with Short Jacket, 1952

    Short, off-white, heavily corded silk Ottoman-style dress with jacket. Strapless bodice with side seams emphasized by satin cording. Two satin bows on either side of waistline. Dress has been slightly shortened. Underneath dress is one layer of stiffening, one layer of tulle, and slip. Matching jacket is popularly called a shrug. Clothing label on dress: AUTOMNE-HIVER 1952/Christian Dior/PARIS. Stamped on label: 090226. Handwritten on tag sewn on back of label: 54.034. Clothing label on jacket: …

  • Printed Shantung Silk Dress and Jacket Ensemble, 1958

    Dress and jacket ensemble in printed blue shantung silk. Modified surplice neckline. Short sleeves with self-fabric bows where sleeve and neckline meet. Fitted bodice, full skirt. Skirt has one heavy net petticoat with two layers of tulle sewn to it over navy blue silk slip. Matching waist-length jacket has peaked collar, curved lapel with two black silk button closure, two mock flap pockets, bracelet length sleeves. Clothing label: PRINTEMPS-ETE 1958/Christian Dior/PARIS. The 1958 collection wa…

  • Blue Silk Faille Evening Dress, 1957

    Midnight blue silk faille dress. Very wide decollatage with three self-fabric roses: one at each shoulder and one at center front. Bracelet length sleeves. Very full skirt gathered into waistline. Skirt lined with blue silk organza. Underneatth are three layers of blue net, petticoat with three flounces of horsehair-stiffened net, and cream silk slip. Hem taken-up one half inch. Clothing label: AUTOMNE-HIVER 1957/Christian Dior. Stamped on label: 090226. This dress is from Dior's last collection…

  • Silk and Satin Embroidered Evening Dress, 1928

    Dress of turquoise silk georgette over aqua crepe-backed satin. Aqua lace embroidered with gold thread at hem and neckline. Large rhinestone applied bows on left side. Dropped waistline and a slightly uneven hem with longer panels on left side. Clothing label: Peggy Hoyt/16 East 55th St/New York/Henry Firestone/No 6388/Date 5-9-28. This dress is notable for its gorgeous styling, dramatic color, dipping hemline - which would be quite showy on the dance floor - and fabulous matching shoes with hee…

  • Sleeveless Scoop Neck Chiffon Chemise Dress, about 1930

    Sleeveless orange silk chiffon chemise dress. Scooped neckline in front, with deeper V in back. Bodice front has five narrow flounces from neckline to below bust; back of bodice and midriff are plain. Eight flounces from waistline to hem that curve up side and back of dress to end in point at waist with two self-fabric flowers. Two panels hang from waistline to below hemline in back. Flounces and panels are bias-cut. Waist just below natural waistline. Self-fabric belt closes with hook and eye s…

  • Beaded and Embroidered Georgette Evening Dress, 1928-1929

    Pink georgette dress embroidered with aqua and silver bugle beads and rhinestones. Rhinestone bow at base of V-shaped neckline. Dropped waistline and uneven scalloped hemline. Very deep, curved V-shaped neckline in back. This dress is not labeled, but the design suggests that it might be a Peggy Hoyt.

  • Beaded Silk Chiffon Evening Dress, about 1924

    Off-white silk chiffon dress. Sleeveless, with V-neckline in front and back. Scattered rhinestones on upper portion. Center/waistline embroidered in floral pattern with silver sequins, silver bugle beads, silver threads, silver spherical beads, rhinestones. Between embroidery and hem are seven rows of diagonally-applied silver beaded fringe. Hemline edged with rhinestones and silver beads. Clothing label: Deneke/Akron, O.

  • Lace and Black Silk Velvet Evening Dress, 1927

    Black silk velvet dress trimmed with ecru machine lace. Lace forms pattern around V-neckline and down left side of the dress. Bodice tucked around hips and neckline. Long sleeves have 4-button closure at wrist. Attached belt has large yellow metal buckle that matches buttons on sleeves. Clothing label: Stein & Blaine/New York. Additional label sewn to back of main label: Stein & Blaine/13 AND 15 WEST 57TH STREET/NEW YORK. Typed on back of additional label: Mrs. Harvey Firestone/Date August 22, 1…