Mollie Parnis satin two piece dress, 1950s
I love the unabashed femininity of 1950s party dresses, which discreetly celebrate the female figure. The dresses are sexy yet demure.
This marvelous ensemble from the American designer Mollie Parnis combines a boxy short jacket with a nicely styled party dress. Whether modestly buttoned up or worn without the jacket, the dress is unmistakably high quality.
The dress is fashioned from substantial weight silk satin in heavenly peacock blue, while the jacket closes in front with self-covered buttons. The dress bodice has princess line seams piped with self-covered cording for detail.
The waistline bows show below the short jacket. The deep soft pleats of the skirt display the rich drape of the fabric. The dress closes on the side with a metal zipper.
The jacket is lined with matching silk crepe de chine. The skirt is interlined with matching silk organza and has an attached crinoline to hold its shape.
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.
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
The size is marked 10, but vintage sizes are much smaller than those of today.
The dress measures: 38" bust, 27" waist, full in the hip, and 40" from the shoulder to the hem.
The jacket measures: 38" bust, 31" waist, 15" sleeve length, and 16" from the shoulder to the hem.