1970s Red Floral Print Silk Organza Mollie Parnis Dress
Mollie Parnis is one of my favorite American designers - her early seventies period in particular was really exceptional and it was during this time that she was making absolutely lovely little dresses like this beauty. The dress is as bright and pretty as it appears in the photos and is one of those pieces that you can't possibly help but feel happy in with its gorgeous floral print. The outermost layer of the dress is made of a silk organza that has huge flowers screened over the surface from top to bottom. The blooms are large and brilliant with little pops of green worked in and around the red, white and purple edged bouquets. That green is picked up and used for the silk satin trim for a pretty contrast and in keeping with the floral theme. Underneath the organza is a solid red silk voile lining that anchors the color and adds depth and texture to the design. The belt is detailed with a pretty green bow and the same green fabric is used to circle each cuff and add a touch of weight to the hem. The bodice has a V and a slight empire waist from which the skirt floats to the ground. Those huge bell sleeves are the perfect dramatic finish. It is a beautiful dress. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a red silk voile and closes with a back painted metal zipper. The sash at the waist hooks and snaps into place under the bow. There is one tiny spot on one sleeve with a slight thinning of the fabric at that same spot but it is strong and stable and does not detract - mentioned for accuracy only. Note that a smaller girl can wear it and it will be looser through the waist and more caftan like.
Shoulders: 15" from seam to seam
Sleeves: 22" long
Bust: 19" flat across the back from seam to seam
Waist: 15" across
Bodice: 11" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 45" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-MED