mollie parnis

1970s Mollie Parnis Kimono Sleeve Printed Green Silk Dress

Mollie Parnis began designing in 1933 and from a simple beginning built a multi-dollar business. She was known for dressing First Ladies and her designs were worn by First Ladies from Mamie Eisenhower to Betty Ford. Her Boutique label launched in 1970 and both that and her couture line continued until she shuttered the doors of her business in 1984.

It is hard not to love such a strong statement piece. Dresses with these over-the-top, elaborate sleeves are always a favorite and this one is wonderful. Despite that drama created by the sleeves, the almost weightless silk used keeps it light and easy feeling. The silk used for the dress is beautiful. It is a brilliant green with a ribbon finish. This technique to the silk, combined with the pops of pinks and purples used in the pattern, is really eye catching. The sleeves are easily the star of the show on this dress. Each is a dramatic panel of fabric that flows down from the shoulders. They are 38" in length to the longest points. The way they move and flow when you move is just incredible. The bodice has a high neck and is more fitted. A skirt that will finished just above the ankles on most is the perfect balance. The contrast between the colors and the beautiful cut, mixed with the volume of the sleeves is fabulous. Presents as excellent condition with notes to review below.

The bodice and skirt are fully lined in a matching green silk and the sleeves are unlined. It closes at the back with a painted metal zipper. I see a very faint water stain on the bust and a teeny area of thinning to the fabric just above the waist. Both are photoed. There is the lightest of fading to the very edge of the silk under one arm. The color and pattern make these all virtually unnoticeable once on and I have taken these into consideration when pricing.

Shoulders: 15"
Sleeves: 17.5" from shoulder to edge with a 28" drop from top to bottom
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 17" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 37" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2090

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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