Vintage Important Mollie Parnis Dress 1950s Micro Pleated Skirt Mint Condition

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This is a collectible 1950's vintage designer dress from Mollie Parnis! She was known for her beautiful, feminine dresses and this one from the very early 1950's or possibly 1949, is no exception. Christian Dior's New Look styling defines this Mollie Parnis Navy micro pleated wool crepe (possibly wool/rayon crepe blend) dress with original matching belt. As with many of Ms. Parnis' earlier designs, her name is on the back of the belt as well as the label. The full skirt is lined with tulle and pleated with alternating rows of satin. the bodice is lined with satin and the waist is perfectly cinched. The pleating is much more beautiful in person than can be represented by the photographs. This dress is a truly exceptional example of Mollie Parnis' designs, and it is in excellent condition and ready to wear. This dress came from an estate I acquired that had some of the most important American designer vintage clothing I've ever seen. Her pieces included Claire McCardell, Clare Potter, Vera Maxwell, Tina Leser, Ceil Chapman and several by Mollie Parnis. Please use the measurements as a guide, but I would estimate this dress to be a modern day US size 4/6.

BUST: 36"
WAIST: 24"
HIPS: 36"
LENGTH from nape of neck to waist: 17"
LENGTH from waist: 29"

Details

  • Designer
    Mollie Parnis
  • Brand
    Mollie Parnis
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    1950-1959
  • Material Notes
    Satin, Wool
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Bust
    36 in. (91 cm)
  • Waist
    24 in. (61 cm)
  • Dealer Location
    Portland, OR
  • Reference Number
    LU22321207492
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