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  • Pendant, about 1890-1915

    Originating in France and achieving its highest point of popularity between 1892-1902, the Art Nouveau movement was showcased at the Paris Exposition in 1900.Art Nouveau emphasized craftsmanship rather than mass production and put more importance on design rather than material.The main characteristic of an Art Nouveau piece is a dynamic, undulating, and flowing curved whiplash line of syncopated rhythm.

  • Hat, about 1915

    This light weight hat was likely worn seasonally in the spring and summer. It has two labels, one sewn over the other. They likely represent the manufacturer or designer and retailer of the hat, but it is unclear which is which.

  • Hat, about 1919

  • Girl's Dress, 1900-1915

    This is a nice dress for a young girl, perfect for school wear; it has the "pouch" that was popular in the early 20th Century. It is quite worn, well-used and well-washed.

  • Cloche, 1915-1925

    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.

  • Women's white kid pumps from the early twentieth century

    This pair of woman's white kid pumps have high vamps trimmed with kid-covered buckles. Label: R.H. Fyfe & Co., Detroit.

  • Women's black patent leather shoes from the early twentieth century

    This pair of woman's black patent leather shoes has a French Louis heel, a pointed toe, ties in the front through a leather flap, and is leather lined. The shoes belonged to the late Miss M. Agnes Burton, sister of donor.

  • Women's white satin pumps from the early twentieth century

    A pair of woman's white satin pumps with a pointed toe, and curved heel. Pointed toes. The instep is decorated with white satin, clear glass beads, and five rhinestones. Label: Kline's, St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit, Cincinnati.

  • Women's suit with divided skirt and matching jacket of tan linen from the early twentieth century

    A woman's suit that consists of divided skirt and matching jacket of tan linen. The tailored suit has a long jacket with four buttons in front, and two buttons on the cuff of each sleeve. The skirt has eleven buttons on the panel that conceals the pants, and a separate belt. Note: Helen Andrus Merrell Howard, daughter of Dr. Frank D. Howard, married Francis (C.or E.)Merrell c. 1908, and moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico. Original records call this a bicycling suit, but it might have been worn a…

  • Women's high laced, black kid shoes from the early twentieth century

    This pair of woman's high laced, black kid shoes has Cuban heels. They are lined with white cotton. Lynn, Mass. Grover Comfort Street Shoe. Sole is stamped: Grover, Combination Comfort Shoe. Right shoe has tag: Frank and Seder Co., of Detroit. Original price tag of $8.95.

  • Women's canvas bathing shoes from the early twentieth century

    A pair of woman's canvas bathing shoes covered with black sateen, and trimmed with a band of white leather around the top and down each side of front opening. The shoes are laced with round white cotton lace, and have canvas soles.

  • Black silk velvet one piece dress from the early twentieth century

    Women's black silk velvet, one piece dress having short sleeves, a V-neck, and an ankle length skirt with a peg top. The bodice has black net over white net, and sleeves of plain, double-thick black net. The bodice is trimmed with black and crystal sequins, and jet and crystal beads. The sides of the dress have triangular panniers, shaped with weights. Worn by Mrs. Wm. Traub.

  • Dress made of very sheer cloth from the early twentieth century

    Women's dress made of very sheer cloth that is loosely woven of fine, ecru-color thread. The bodice has a square neckline with a black velvet yoke. Its shoulders back and front center are embroidered with heavy black and white silk floss, with heavy white lace across shoulders. The bodice is gathered to the waist, and has long, loose sleeves whose cuffs are decorated with black velvet, black chiffon, and the same black and white embroidery. There are two velvet buttons on each sleeve. The lo…

  • Women's ice blue satin pumps with glass bead trim from the early twentieth century

    A pair of woman's ice blue satin pumps with a Louis heel, and glass bead trim on the pointed toes and the high vamp. Label: R.H. Fyfe Co., Detroit.

  • Women's grey suede, four strap bootines from the early twentieth century

    A pair of woman's grey suede, four strap bootines with cut steel bead decoration on the front, and buttons across the instep. The shoes have a cut out section on the front of vamp, and are lined with white kid. Stamped: Sorosis. Purchased at Sorosis Shoe Shop in the David Whitney Building, from Mr. Henry Elliot, c. 1912-1915. They belonged to the donor's mother Jessie Alcorn Widner Colton (Mrs. Clark E. Colton), born February 14, 1870, married April, 1892, died December 4, 1953 …

  • Evening gown of black silk with scroll-leaf brocade pattern from the early twentieth century

    Woman's evening gown of black silk with scroll-leaf brocade pattern; square neckline with net insert, short sleeves, empire style, draped skirt; bodice covered with black sequins, beaded fringe with drop-shaped sequins; ladder shaped jet-bead tassel hanging from center of bodice; black net and sequin panel with beaded fringe down left side. Label: Bertha A. Krenz. Belonged to donor's mother, Mrs. James R. Hayes; Mr. Hayes was proprietor of the Wayne Hotel from the 1880's until 1918. The dress …

  • Dress with bodice comprised of three layers of white tulle from the early twentieth century

    Woman's dress having the bodice comprised of three layers of white tulle. The top layer is embroidered in white, and trimmed with blue sequins. The dress has a V-neck, elbow length sleeves with a ruffle and a blue satin bow. Two triangular panels of the skirt material rise from the waist like an apron top. The skirt has three layers of black and blue tulle over satin, and its hem is a band of gold thread embroidery. The dress has a blue satin sash with stays, and a back closure. Label: Laffre…

  • Women's blue/black satin shoes from the early twentieth century

    Woman's blue/black satin shoes with silver steel bead trim in three rows on the toes. Two oval buttons on instep straps. The shoes have pointed toes, and concave curved heels. Label: McBryde Boot Shop, Ye Booterye Detroit. Worn with gown #73.97.1.

  • Women's off white, satin, high button shoes from the early twentieth century

    A pair of woman's off white, satin, high button shoes. The shoes have mother of pearl buttons, pointed toes, and medium heels. Marked inside: R.H. Fyfe Company. They were worn by the donor's mother, Mrs. Wm. Keane at her wedding, October 19, 1915.

  • Women's silver brocade strap slippers from the early twentieth century

    A pair of woman's silver brocade strap slippers with a low French heel, and a jet button that secures the instep strap. The shoes have two cut-out triangles on each side, and a very narrow pointed toe. Label: Newcomb-Endicott.