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  • Cotton Gauze Dress with Peasant-Style Embroidery, 1926

    Light beige cotton gauze dress with polychromatic, peasant-style, machine-embroidered designs in shades of red, turquoise, purple, green, yellow and pink. Bodice and sleeves have floral and leaf pattern. Smocking at hip line, back of neckline, and cuffs. Collar has turquoise cotton cord ties with tassels. Probably ready-to-wear. This garment was owned by Elizabeth Parke Firestone, daughter of Mr. Harvey Firestone of Detroit, Michigan. An important part of the collection, this dress was purchased…

  • Brick-Red Silk Dress, 1925-1926

    Brick-red silk dress with all-over print of various-sized white dots with bits of blue. Collar and cuffs in off-white crepe with pleated edges. Down front of dress and above sleeve cuffs are diamond-shaped cut-outs with pleated crepe backing and self-fabric button/loop closures. Entire dress constructed of zigzag and diamond-shaped fabric pieces, alternately flat or pleated; exceptions are at sleeves and shoulder yoke. Dropped waistline with double self-fabric flounce, very finely pleated. Accom…

  • Dress with Underskirt, about 1927

    Patou was one of the most important designers of the early-mid 20th Century. He created fashions for slim, active, petite women like Elizabeth Parke Firestone. This is a cute, bouncy dress for a woman with a young family and many obligations.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 Par…

  • Eggshell satin wedding gown from the 1920s

    This woman's eggshell satin wedding gown has an irregular length, with a scalloped hem that is lower in the back than in the front. It has long, straight sleeves that snap at their scalloped cuffs. The gown has a wide round neckline, and a dropped waist with scalloped piping. The gathered skirt is shirred with silk cord, and has a pearl bow positioned at its center front. A second pearl bow is also found at the left shoulder. The dress has a snap side closing. It was made at Pack-Wolin in Det…

  • Embroidered Silk Crepe Day Dress, 1926

    Tridescent lavender silk-crepe day dress with embroidered medallion on front with initials, which was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Two Piece Silk Crepe Day Dress with Bandeau Collar, 1926

    Two piece cherry red silk crepe day dress with bandeau collar and soft sash ties at the side. The skirt is pleated at the sides and the dress is trimmed in black and multi-colored flower embroidery. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Lace Day Dress with Silk Taffeta Skirt, 1926

    Ecru-colored lace day dress of machine lace with an attached skirt of pleated black silk taffeta. Weighted tabs are on teh back of the underskirt for proper carriage. The surplice style bodice also features a drop waist and is accented with a softly wrapped bow on the left front hip. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in D…

  • Silk Velvet Dinner Dress Accented with Seed Pearls and Rhinestones, 1926

    Dinner dress of fuchsia silk velvet accented with seed pearls and rhinestones. Dress has a tiered skirt with an uneven hem, which was popular in 1927. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.