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1970s Mollie Parnis Red and Bone Print Cotton Dress

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Mollie Parnis created an absolutely adorable quilted red and bone printed dress. This comfortable cotton dress works great for a spring/summer luncheon followed by early dinner drinks. Front box pleated skirt framed in red grosgrain ribbon and accented with a red bow. Grosgrain ribbons also trim the sleeves and hem line. Fits a size 4. *All MRS Couture garments have been professionally cleaned and thoroughly checked before shipping, so that they are ready to wear upon arrival. Mollie Parnis was born Sarah Rosen Parnis to Jewish Austrian parents who had immigrated to the United States at the turn of the century. Parnis discovered her eye for design when working for a blouse manufacturer while studying law at Hunter College, but she often credited her discovery of fashion to a single incident: in high school, Parnis was invited to a party after attending a football game. Times were tough, and Parnis, having already worn her sole dress to the rally, raced home to redesign the dress on her back. After cutting the neckline, adding lace, and stitching on an artificial flower, Parnis was ready to attend the party, wearing her first-ever creation.
 In 1933, Parnis and her husband, Leon Livingston, opened “Parnis Livingston Inc.,” a women’s boutique on New York’s Seventh Avenue that sold suits and blouses. After some success with her business, in the 1940s, Parnis began designing under only her name. Her voluminous shirtwaist dresses and straight-skirted suits with cropped jackets became her signature look. Parnis’ works were characterized by their luxurious fabrics, elegant nipped-waist silhouettes, refined patterns, and excellent craftsmanship.
 After the death of her husband in 1962, Parnis took a three month break from the business, and returned with new, fresh ideas that were better suited to the increasingly casual face of American fashion. Mollie Parnis teamed up with designer Morty Sussman, and together the two of them produced “Mollie Parnis Boutique Collection,” and “Mollie Parnis Studio,” two secondary lines that appealed to the modern American woman with increased buying power, who had entered the work force, and who had a varied social calendar, as well as a busy home life. In 1985, one year after closing down her business, Parnis, who was unable to fully leave the design world, developed “Mollie Parnis at Home,” a collection for Chevette Lingerie. 
 Throughout Parnis’ long career, she constantly reinvented herself without jeopardizing the quality of her works. Parnis understood that fashion was a reflection of the times, an embodiment of the zeitgeist; her designs were meant to exist and add to the current social climate, and in doing so, were an phenomenal success.

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  • Designer
  • Brand
    Mollie Parnis
  • Place of origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    D 40 in. x L 40 in.

    D 101.6 cm x L 101.6 cm

  • Bust
    34 in. (86.36 cm)
  • Waist
    29 in. (73.66 cm)
  • Length
    40 in. (101.6 cm)
  • Seller location
    Houston, TX
  • Reference number
    LU1032609062

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