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94/37/1 Three piece suit, womens, comprising bodice, skirt and jacket, wool / silk / elastic / metal / plastic, designed by Christian Dior, made by House of Dior, Paris, France, probably owned and worn by Elizabeth Parke Firestone, United States of America, 1950. Click to enlarge.

Womens three piece suit by Christian Dior

Designed
This three piece day suit was designed by Christian Dior for his Spring-Summer 1950 'Vertical Line' collection. Each of Dior's lines was named after its silhouette. As demonstrated by this suit, the 'Vertical Line' sought to lengthen the female body. The overall shape is narrow; the bodice moulded with a horseshoe collar; the skirt narrow with subtle pleats which do not extend beyond the line of the hips; and a swept back jacket which, when worn, transforms the silhouette of the suit.

Summary

Object No.

94/37/1

Object Statement

Three piece suit, womens, comprising bodice, skirt and jacket, wool / silk / elastic / metal / plastic, designed by Christian Dior, made by House of Dior, Paris, France, probably owned and worn by Elizabeth Parke Firestone, United States of America, 1950

Physical Description

Three piece day suit made of midnight blue wool serge. The bodice is of a fitted style with a high V-shaped, draped neckline at the centre front with an ovoid blue plastic button and bound button hole. The bodice is darted across the bust for shaping with a form fitting waist, large applied metal press studs are sewn at centre back and centre front (for fastening to matching skirt studs). An attached dark blue silk peplum tucks inside the skirt and features four thin black elastic loops sewn at the hem (for looping over suspender tabs and keeping the 'line' of the garment). The long straight sleeves feature loose 'pleated' cuffs fastening with smaller ovoid buttons, they are drafted as one with the back bodice and seamed onto the shoulders. The bodice if fully lined with black silk satin.

The skirt features a narrow, straight slim fitting style with below the knee length hem. It is draped at centre front to form a pocket. The narrow waist band features centre back metal zipper fastening with two hooks and eye closures. Large metal press studs are sewn at inside waist and attach to matching studs on the bodice. The skirt is fully lined with black silk satin.

The jacket is double breasted and is made in a short, boxy style with horseshoe shaped collar. Front fastening with four large, dish shaped, blue plastic buttons plus two inner concealed buttons. The long straight dolman sleeves feature fold back cuffs and vertical vented pockets at the side fronts. The jacket is fully lined with blue silk satin.

Marks

Jacket: machine embroidered label 'Christian Dior/PARIS' and ink stamp '19438'.

Production

Notes

This suit was designed by Christian Dior and made by the House of Dior in Paris, France in 1950.

History

Notes

This suit was most probably owned and worn by Elizabeth Parke Firestone (of the Firestone tyre family) in Detroit, USA. Elizabeth (1897-1990) was married to Harvey S. Firestone Jr, son of the founder of the Firestone Tyre and Rubber Company.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1994

Acquisition Date

31 January 1994

Cite this Object

Harvard

Womens three piece suit by Christian Dior 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 September 2021, <https://ma.as/141391>

Wikipedia

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