• Dress, about 1932

    Worn by Virginia Palmer Bradfield Ward, this is a striking, beautiful dress used for evening wear. The fine but very plain crepe is exquisitely cut, with the rhinestones making the whole dress seem even more streamlined. It likely was worn with a small belt, now gone. Virginia Palmer Bradfield was born 1897 in Grand Rapids, MI. She was born in to one of Michigan's oldest mining families.Her great grandfather, Charles Henry Palmer, was a pioneer investor and developer of mines and railroads in Mi…

  • Hat Pin, about 1935

    This is an Art Deco plastic jewel; it is unclear what material it is made out of.It could be phenol formaldehyde, known generically as Bakelite.(Bakelite is the name given to objects made of phenol formaldehyde by Bakelite Corporation of Britain or the United States and, technically only to those pieces) It could also be celluloid (cellulose nitrate).In any event, it is an early twentieth century plastic.

  • 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…

  • 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 co…

  • 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…

  • Black Velvet Dinner Dress, 1933

    Black silk velvet dinner dress. Scooped neckline with trim and bow of white fur, possibly rabbit, ermine or weasel. Short, puffy inset sleeves. Flared bottom. This garment was owned by Mrs. Harvey Firestone of Detroit, Michigan.A photograph shows Mrs. Firestone wearing this dress with a black beret in January 1933 at a function for The Oxford Group in Akron, Ohio.