Elegant, regal vintage 1970s formal, bridal, pageant gown from New York designer Mollie Parnis. Simple elegance. High stand neckline with darts in back. 24 small covered loops and buttons close front Button #17 is teal, I wonder if the missing belt was teal also. full skirt gathered into waist with side seam pocket, Blet loops but no belt, Color is bright primary green color with green silk inside. High quality dressmakers detailing with pinked seam finish fully lined in silk. Metal zipper closes back. By choosing vintage, you are making a sustainable difference in the environment.
Condition: Very good vintage condition, dress has been stored for decades, overall slight age, slight surface wear and rubs from use., Neckline , mostly inside has faint discolor stains, makeup, bodice neck edge. See photos.
Maker: Mollie Parnis Boutique back seam union label
Fabric: Heavier Peau de Soir Satin, lined in silk.
Size: Labeled size 12. Please go by measurements:Dress Bust 38", Waist at seam- 30", hip- open, Length from shoulder to waist-50- 16-3/4", Length from shoulder to hem 57", Across shoulder- 15-1/2", Sleeve length- 23". Bicept-13". Skirt sweep- 105". Generous wide pinked seam allowances and bottom hem for alteration.
Mollie Parnis’s wit and fashion savvy made her clothing designs a must among many first ladies during her tenure as fashion legend. Throughout her reign on Seventh Avenue in New York’s fashion district, Parnis often gave voice to a very spirited manifesto that strongly expressed how she governed her fashion house. She explained her idea of fashion with a mix of practical theory and a disciplined manner of observation. “Fashion is individual, not a series of rules,” she maintained staunchly, when defining the standards necessary in beautifying the female body. Fashion was meant to enhance the intrinsic beauty of a woman, not overpower her. Adhering to this philosophy allowed her to uphold her reputation as a directed and driven perfectionist, not interested in starting fads, but instead in complimenting and assisting the very essence of a woman.
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