Fabulous dress from the 1940s by designer Mollie Parnis.
Mollie’s prolific career took off when she was a salesperson for a clothing manufacturer in the 1920s. She quickly worked her way up, and despite having no formal training (she couldn’t even sew!) she left to design her own line in the early 1930s. Elegant and affordable to the average woman, the Mollie Parnis brand was wildly successful. Ms. Parnis designed the uniforms for US cadet nurses during World War II, and also dressed several first ladies. She was a woman ahead of her time and didn’t retire until 1984!
This dress has a moody print of bright, graphic flowers and butterflies on a deep navy backdrop. The bust and sleeves are gathered. A matching belt sits at the natural waist. There is a gathered panel on either side of the skirt that drapes beautifully, and it closes with a side zipper.
FITS LIKE: M or a bustier small
LENGTH: 47” from the top of the shoulder to the hem
FLAWS: The backing on the belt is deteriorating