Mollie Parnis beaded cocktail dress, 1970s
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. During one year, a Mollie Parnis design was bought by four Kennedy women in four separate cities.
Made from substantial weight wool crepe, the design uses classic black-and-gold (royal colors) to make an indelible impression. The bodice and sleeves are studded with textured gold tone beads. The front is embellished with a long satin bow.
The gored skirt has pockets in the side seams. The skirt rises at the center-front to meet the sexy plunging neckline. The dress is completely lined with black rayon and closes in back with an invisible zipper.
To four First Ladies, she was "Mollie." As often as she was invited to the White House, she could not get over the thrill of being in "the President's house." With nothing more than a high school education, Miss Parnis started her career in New York in a blouse showroom. Soon she had her name on the door and then built a dress business that grossed $10 million/year.
In addition to the Mollie Parnis label, the dress has a B. Altman/New York label.
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
It measures: 42" bust, 38" waist, 42" hip, and 43" from the shoulder to the hem.