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  • Girl's Long Sleeve Print Dress, about 1840

    White cotton dress roll-printed with with tiny red flower sprig pattern. Long bishop-style sleeves gauged at top. High waist with gathered skirt. Piped seams throughout. Appears to have been constructed from another garment: bodice pieced idiosyncratically, print oriented in different directions, and wear patterns inconsistent. Old stitches and folds visible on inside, indicating old tuck or fold had been let out in order to reuse fabric. Wire hooks and eyes on sleeves not hammered flat. Hand-se…

  • Hat, 1930-1938

    This hat was owned by Elizabeth Parke Firestone. 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.

  • 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.

  • Toque, about 1940

    This hat was likley worn seasonally in the spring and summer.

  • Women's silver leather sandals from the 1930s

    Woman's silver leather sandals with closed toe and heel, and open sides. The shoes have a strap buckle across the top. The leather is ridged and gives the effect of gathers across top of the front. Thick, 2 3/4" heel. Labels: Made exclusively for Metatarsal Footrest Shop, N.Y., and Foot Security, Supports the Metatarsal.

  • Women's navy blue wool coat from the late 1930s to mid 1940s

    Woman's navy blue wool coat in a below-the-knee length. The princess line coat is single breasted, and its front seams end in pleats on the breast and skirt. The long narrow sleeves are decorated with a large triangular panel of drawn thread work. The coat has a false collar of drawn thread, wide padded shoulders, and six large buttons with a faint wood grain. It is lined with navy taffeta. Label: Hattie Carnegie, Inc.

  • Embroidered Taffeta Two-Piece Evening Gown, 1938

    White two-piece evening gown. Both the dress and jacket are of re-embroidered lace over white taffeta. Accents of color are added with turquoise blue satin pendants on the back and ribbon on the sides under the lace. All lace is piped in white satin. 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.

  • Beaded Ice Blue Satin Wedding Gown with Scalloped Train, 1938

    Ice blue satin wedding gown, which according to the designer, was "inspired by the simplicity of ancient Grecian art." The gown has beaded decoration at the waist in an acanthus leaf pattern and a four-and-a-half yard scalloped train. Frances Dodge, for whom the gown was made, also wore a veil of ice blue illusion bound with blue satin held in place with a tiara of illusion decorated with seed pearls. According to Aubrey Eads, president and spokesperson for Peggy Hoyt in 1938, "The procession…

  • Three Piece Taffeta Party Dress with Lace Jacket, 1938

    Three piece rose taffeta party dress. Neck of dress is accentuated with rose lace and lace flowers. Over jacket of white re-embroidered lace and gold threads in bolero length. Additional accent of rose lace attached to shoulder. Dress has pink slip. 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.

  • Embroidered Net Party Dress with Layered Skirt, 1938

    Black net dressy-dress with layered skirt. Outer skirt and neckline embroidered in black with padded leaf-like accents. 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.

  • Crepe Day Dress Accented with Satin Collar, Yoke, and Buttons, 1938

    Black crepe day dress accented with soft pointed collar, yoke, and buttons of black satin. 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.

  • Day Dress with Cuffed Sleeves and Covered Buttons on Hip, 1938

    Red day dress with 1/2 sleeves with cuff, and three covered buttons on hip, 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.

  • Velvet Dinner Dress with Large Cuffs of Wool Yarn and Rhinestones, 1938

    Black velvet dinner dress. Severity of the dress is offset with large cuffs of white wool yarn and rhinestones. A rhinestone clasp on the belt and shoulder accents of padded velvet add emphasis to the effect of simple elgance. 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.

  • Taffeta Dinner Dress with Large Bustle, 1938

    Dinner dress of violet taffeta accented on the back of the dress with a bustle of taffeta, 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.

  • Velvet Dinner Dress with Ostrich Feather Motif, 1938

    Burgundy velvet dinner dress. The velvet has a cut motif of ostrich feathers, which adds a subtle elegance to the gown. The back is accented with a bustle. 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.

  • Velvet Dinner Dress with Lace Collar and Cuffs, 1938

    Burgundy velvet dinner dress with accents on the collar and cuffs of ecru lace. A buckle set with topaz adds detail to the front of the dress. 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.

  • Satin Crepe Dinner Dress with Beaded and Embroidered Bodice, 1938

    Black satin backed crepe dinner dress with a bodice of black chiffon embroidered in silk and beaded in jet beads. Emphasis is given to the back with bows of crepe creating a custle effect. 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.

  • Silk Velvet Dressing Gown with Lace Trim, 1938

    Black silk velvet dressing gown with beige re-embroidered lace trim, 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.

  • Crepe Evening Wrap with Mink Trim, 1938

    Cream crepe evening wrap with white mink trim, which was owned by Frances Dodge (November 27, 1914 – January 24, 1971), who was the eldest daughter of John Francis Dodge (co-founder of Dodge Motor Company) and his third wife, Matilda Rausch Dodge (Wilson).

  • Satin Shoes with Silver Leather and Rhinestone Buckles, 1938

    Rose colored satin shoes trimmed in silver leather and rhinestone buckles. This pair of shoes 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.