• Hat, 1930-1939

    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.

  • Three Quarter Length Silk Jacquard Evening Jacket, 1935-1939

    Two-button, 3/4-length silk jacquard jacket with pattern depicting nightclub scene with women in red, blue, and green evening wear; men in black. Weave incorporates metallic threads of gold and silver. Clothing label: BERGDORF-GOODMAN/5TH AVENUE. This is an iconic piece in which the fabric is woven into a pattern that upon close examination reveals fashionable socialites at a cocktail party. It is a most unusual fabric design.

  • Women's wine, navy blue, and white herringbone check suit from the late 1930s or early 1940s

    Woman's wine, navy blue, and white herringbone check suit. The straight skirt has a side ziper closing with a 5" split on the opposite side. It has an faced waist with a facing of wine crepe. The long sleeved jacket has a long-fitted line with shoulders that are heavily padded, and a concealed hook and twist closing in front. The collarless neckline is trimmed with two rows of self-bias strips which extend to the front armholes. The edges of the sleeves have the same bias insets. The jack…

  • Crepe-backed satin cocktail dress from the late 1930s to mid 1940s

    Woman's crepe-backed satin, below knee-length cocktail dress in olive green with loops of pink. A small sequin centers each of the loops. The bodice has short sleeves, a high round neck with a slight turn-over at the throat, and a slit down the center front that is fastened with a hook and loop. The back is draped, and has a cut out from the nape to shoulder blades. The natural waist has a waistband, and the skirt and bodice are gathered so as to appear to tie in the center front. The skirt…

  • Muted turquoise crepe evening gown from the late 1930s or early 1940s

    Woman's muted turquoise crepe evening gown having a straight undecorated skirt, fitted, dropped waist. The dress has a round, jewel neckline, cap sleeves (shoulder pads have been removed), and a bodice decorated with 1 1/2" x 3/4" beaded ovals in shades of pink, black, silver, and gold. Three lines of pink and silver beads edge the neck and sleeves. Side zipper. 6 1/2" wide gathered panel in back, starting from a 2 1/4" wide strip of machine shirring at the waist seam, suggests a bustle. La…

  • Velvet Cocktail Dress with White Lace, 1939

    Black velvet cocktail dress with bodice and sleeves of white lace over net. 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 Lace Cocktail Dress, 1939

    Cocktail dress of dark beige reimbroidered lace, 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.

  • Watered Taffeta Party Dress with Bows and Ruffles, 1939

    Powder blue party dress with a skirt of watered taffeta with three rows of taffeta ruffles on each side over hip-line. Bodice is of satin accented with burgundy, blue and white bows, and ruffles around the neck. Dress has puff sleeves. 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.

  • Black Pebble-Crepe Cocktail Dress, 1939

    Black pebble-crepe cocktail dress. Entire front and sleeves of dress are beaded in a sunburst design in jet beads. Matching jet beaded belt. 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 with Lace and Chiffon at Neckline, 1939

    Black crepe day dress with neckline accented with black lace underlined wit flesh colored chiffon, 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.

  • Woven Pebble Crepe Overdress with Satin Underdress, 1939

    Green metallic woven pebble crepe overdress with black satin underdress and cuffs buttoned halfway down the front. Accents include a soft falling collar, a yoke back and fine detailing on the seams. 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.

  • Brocade Dinner Dress with Hip Sash, 1939

    Dinner dress of gold brocade in diamond pattern with turqouise centers in each diamond. Dress has smocking details at the neckline and a double poof 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 Detroit, Michigan.

  • Wool Twill Winter Coat with Mouton Shawl Collar, 1939

    Blue wool twill winter coat with shawl collar of brown mouton. This item 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).

  • Wool Two-Piece Riding Outfit, 1939

    Dark brown wool two piece riding outfit with jacket and jodphurs, 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).

  • Three-Piece Wool Riding Habit, 1939

    Navy blue wool riding habit, three pieces consisting of jacket and two pairs of jodphurs. The collar and piping on the jodphurs is of black silk satin. This outfit 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).

  • Men's Blazer, 1939

    Black blazer, which was owned by Alfred Gaston Wilson (1883 – 1962), husband of Matilda Rausch Dodge (Wilson). Matilda was the widow of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Company.

  • Felt Riding Derby, 1939

    Riding derby of brown felt, 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).

  • Petit-point Handbag

    Petit-point handbag with floral motif needlepoint, front and back. Square frame, brass trim, and jewel accents. Metal chain to carry on wrist, mirror and pockets inside bag. Circa 1880-1939.

  • Long Infant Dress

    Long cotton infant dress, white in color. Round lace collar and yoke, long sleeves, two button closure at back neckline. Rows of pintuck at the lower hem. Circa 1910-1939.

  • Hand-Knit Ribbon Dress

    One-piece, short sleeve dress, knitted by hand using ribbon, taupe in color with floral pattern on bodice. Hook and eye closure, elastic waist, flare skirt, and knitted belt. ‘Blum’s - Vogue , Chicago’ on label, 1930-1939.