1950s Lace & Silk Parnes Feinstein Dress
This is a lovely and feminine little strapless dress in a pearl or champagne colored silk with pretty lace details. There was no label in the dress but luckily the matching fabric belt was stamped with its Parnes Feinstein label so the designer of the dress is known. The Feinstein label began in 1948 and I suspect that this dress was made just a few years into that, perhaps in the early fifties. You can see the influence of both the 40s and the "New Look" movement. The skirt is cut in a slightly exaggerated A-line so has that fullness feel of the fifties but really makes you look long and lean still. I photoed it with no crinoline underneath. It is not a true circle skirt by any means but I think you could wear a light crinoline under the skirt if you did want more fullness. The bodice is strapless and has the most lovely lace detailing that runs around the top edge and highlights the bodice and also adorns each hip pocket. Very romantic feeling and pretty. Presents as excellent condition.
Unlined and closes with a side painted metal zipper. There are some tiny pinholes on an area near the hem of the front (photoed) and a smaller area at the back of the skirt at hip level that does not detract from the overall beauty - the skirt has enough fabric that once on they get lost. They did not worsen when it was cleaned so I have left it as found. Priced accordingly. Only the belt is labeled.
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 11" from top of the bodice to waist
Skirt: 30" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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