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  • Dress with Stole, 1954

    Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most luxurious woman in the history of luxury," Elizabeth Parke Firestone's clothing collection illustrates her impeccable taste in fashion.

  • Silk Moire Suit with Asymmetrical Closure, 1951

    Navy blue silk moire suit. Asymmetrical closure with faceted jet buttons. Long sleeves, shallow cuffs, straight skirt. Clothing label: BALENCIAGA/10 AVENUE GEORGE V/PARIS. Handwritten on tag sewn on back of label: 36.938.

  • Women's navy-beaded purse from the 1950s

    Woman's navy-beaded purse with satin lining and a metal frame. The closure is a gold clasp of two acorn-shaped pieces. The purse folds in the center. It is decorated with midnight blue beads in flower and vine design across the bottom and the reverse side of the top half which folds over. The purse in completely edged with six rows of beads, and lightly beaded throughout. Matches dress #68.259.002. Label: Made in Belgium. Part of the donor's outfit at an affair honoring her husband's appoi…

  • Two piece afternoon dress in dark royal blue velvet from the 1950s

    Woman's two piece afternoon dress in dark royal blue velvet. The dress has an oval neckline outlined with iridescent dark blue beads, and an elaborate bib-type ornament in front. It has an un-beaded back, and short sleeves. The waist-length jacket is of matching fabric, and has three quarter length sleeves with turn-back cuffs. Has matching purse #68.259.001. Worn by donor at the affair honoring her husband's appointment to the United Nations in 1954.

  • Red damask evening gown from the 1950s

    One bright red damask, (diaper pattern), silk or cotton, floor-length, sleeveless woman's evening gown with a round neck has a princess line to slightly below the natural waist. The skirt is very full and deeply smocked at hip level fitting into the waistline with scallops. It has a back zipper. It has a matching stole with fringed edges and an organdy petticoat. Designed by Ruth Joyce.

  • Strapless Satin Evening Gown with Matching Jacket, 1954

    Strapless evening gown of burgundy and gray satin with matching jacket of burgundy lined in gray. This item was owned by Barbara Jean Wilson, the adopted daughter of Matilda and Alfred Wilson. Matilda was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.