mollie parnis

1960s Silk, Velvet & Feather Mollie Parnis Dress

Absolutely stunning silk net full length dress by Mollie Parnis, who one of my favorite American designers! The dress is from her companies high end, demi-couture line and it shows. It is a fantastical combination if silk with a velvet pattern fused to the fabric and of course that feather detailing at the cuffs and neck! Each sleeve and the collar is finished with a a beautiful circle of glossy black feathers giving the gown a truly dramatic feel. The waist is defined by a wide silk sating ribbon that gives the perfect contrast. The sleeves are left unlined to counter balance the fabric that covers you from head to toe. It is really the fabric that is the star after the feather treatment - it is a light silk chiffon that has an abstract dot pattern of fused velvet. I love the contrast this creates. That textural effect paired with the high drama of the feathers make for a real show stopper. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a nude silk net through the upper shoulders and a black silk through the skirt & bodice. The sleeves are left unlined. It closes at the back with a hand set, painted metal zipper and snaps at each cuff. Lots of hand finishing and the feathers are glossy and there is no shedding.

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 40" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD1898

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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