Mollie Parnis mini party dress, 1960s
Made from from flocked georgette sparkling like sequins, the dazzling dress is a real head turner. The fab party dress comes with a black satin ribbon cummerbund. The flirty ostrich feather hem and sleeve borders are a delightful touch.
Parnis' reputation for quality can be seen in the construction. The dress is attached to an inner black taffeta slip. The slip part of the dress closes in back with a metal zipper. The upper back and wrists close with fabric loops and small self-covered buttons.
Mollie Parnis remains a major name in American fashion. She designed gowns worn by First Ladies from Mamie Eisenhower to Betty Ford. Lady Bird Johnson became a close friend. In one year, one of Miss Parnis' designs was bought by four Kennedy women in four separate cities.
I love the unabashed femininity of 1960s mini dresses, sexy yet demure. These dresses let your legs do the talking but never in a vulgar way. You will be the center of attention in this fetching LBD, so feminine and playful, yet ladylike. Even better, no one else will have the same dress. That is the vintage advantage.
The condition is excellent. The dress is clean and ready to wear.
The size is marked 10, equivalent to a current size 6.
It measures: 36" bust; 27" waist; 24" sleeve length, including the feathers; 15 1/2" from sleeve cap to sleeve cap; 15" from shoulder to waist; and 37" from shoulder to hem.