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This lovely bit of vintage confection is now reserved for Jennifer, to be purchased either 12/19 or 12/20. If you're not she, please don't purchase it. Thank you!

Gorgeous! This little black silk and lace chiffon party or cocktail dress is from the 1960s, designed by the esteemed designer, Mollie Parnis.

A whoosh and swirl of double fine jet black silk chiffon over a lining of silk, with delicate fine black Chantilly lace as a playful ruffle around the collar in a nod to the peasant look. The sleeves are made of the sheer lace, with *triple* bells at the wrists that were cut in more than a full circle. No zippers or fastenings, this confection slips on easily over your head.

I personally like tent dresses belted, so have shown it here with a glossy wide moc croc vinyl belt, and yes, the belt comes with it. I love the contrast of the glossy belt with the chiffon. However, you are certainly free to play with it as you like, belted or not. I might mention it makes a wonderful maternity cocktail dress, too. You can even wear it belted, with the belt as an empire waist, above your baby bump. And have a beautiful vintage dress to wear after the happy event.

The measurements are: 40 inches at the bust (remember, it's not supposed to fit snugly at the bust, so think in terms of you being a 35-36 or so bust), 15 inches shoulder to shoulder, 24 sleeves, 45 shoulder to hem, and a HUGE 160 inch sweep on the outer layer of chiffon.

The Condition: Excellent, with a couple of minor issues that don't show when worn or detract from its beauty. There's small (as in 3/4s of an inch) mend under the lace collar on the left side where the top layer of chiffon had come loose from the seam. Mended by hand with my own two little hands. And on the lining on the right side near the side seam are 4 small holes (which, obviously, don't show when worn).

The Shipping: Delivered by two ebony swans a swimming, I mean Priority within the U.S., First Class International to Canada, First Class International to Everywhere Else. All your Catbooks1940s purchases will arrive wrapped in crisp acid-free tissue, in a clear plastic bag, and in a box.

Yoohoo, International buyers! Your country may charge you customs fees on your purchase, which you're responsible for paying. Just so you know ahead of time and aren't unpleasantly surprised :)

RESERVED - Vintage 60s Mollie Parnis Cocktail Dress - Lace and Double Silk Chiffon Designer Party Dress S/M


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: silk, chiffon, lace
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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