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  • Dress with Jacket, 1959

    Dark raspberry-pink linen dress and jacket with cut-out stylized leaf design backed with matching pink silk organza. Pink cotton lining. Strapless bodice; 3/4 inch linen belt ties in front. Bolero-style jacket with raglan sleeves, two self-fabric button closures; lapels fold back on either side of square neckline.

  • Grey Silk Lampshake Ball Gown, 1959-1960

    Strapless gray silk chiffon and satin lampshade gown. Chiffon twisted around upper body, lightly tucked at waist, then twisted again to bottom. Satin band around bustline finished with self-fabric bow on left. Knee-length hem finished with stiffened band of satin with self-fabric bow on right. Skirt is wired-out.

  • Shoes, about 1958

    This was a style Mrs. Firestone favored in the 1960s. We have several examples of this style covered in other materials.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.

  • Black and cerise wool plaid dress from the 1950s

    This black and cerise wool plaid dress has a bodice of cerise crepe with a plain neck and short sleeves. The bodice is attached to a full skirt with wide box pleats. There is a stiff net nylon underskirt attached. It has a matching waist length jacket with three self-buttons down the front. The jacket sleeves are elbow-length. Label: "Scassi". Label:"Julie Inc, Fisher Building, Detroit". It has a matching hat #1969.132.014.

  • Women's fedora style hat with floppy brim from the 1950s

    Woman's fedora style hat with floppy brim. The underside is cerise felt; the topside is cerise covered with long black "fur". Label: "Julie, Inc., Detroit" and "Couleurs de Sol".

  • Red Satin Dress

    Satin dress in read with taffeta lining, cap sleeves, fitted bodice, three-inch band with piping at neckline, v-neck in back. Dress has woven belt loops, padded hips with tucks, metal zipper, and Watteau pleats in the rear. Sakes Fifth Avenue, 1950-1959.

  • Blue Angora Beaded Cardigan

    Blue angora cardigan with hand-beaded detail in center front, bodice is rayon lined, hook and eye closure. Barbara Lee Passport Collection. Circa 1950-1959.

  • Black and Hot Pink Dress

    Black and hot pink silk or acetate knee length dress, lined. Straight skirt, short sleeves, gathered scoop neck in front; v-neck in back with zipper closure. Abstract print, darts on skirt. Saks Fifth Avenue, circa 1950-1959.

  • Evening Coat with Pastel Print

    Evening tent style coat, woven fabric, ecru background with large pastel floral (?) print. Split side hem, long sleeves, collarless, no front closure, gusseted underarms. Circa 1940-1959.

  • Women's Hat with Flowers

    Women’s puff hat, covered with white, yellow, and gold flowers and leaves. Lilly Dache, Circa 1950-1959.

  • Blue Leather Purse

    Blue leather cluth purse with decorative silver buckle and leather detail on front. Leather carrying handle on back of purse, inner pocket with clasp. Circa 1930-1959.

  • Silk Taffeta Dress with Jacket

    Blue silk taffeta dress and matching jacket. Dress has spaghetti straps, gathered waist, and ruffled hem. Jacket has heavy ruffles around cuffs, as well as around neckline, front of jacket and hem. Bill Blass, circa 1940-1959.

  • Hip Length Wrap with Fringe

    Ivory colored wrap or shawl, waist or hip length, heavily embroidered, crocheted hem and collar trimmed with fringe. Long embroidered fabric sash in back with tassles and large decorative corded button. Circa 1930-1959.

  • Black Lace Dress

    Short black chiffon A-line fitted evening dress, with lace overlay. Scoop neck in front and back, scallops around neck and armhole, pleated panels create large V shapes or zig-zag on skirt; bottom of skirt is pleated. Smart Miss, circa 1950-1959.