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Mollie Parnis Silver Sequin Ice Blue Knit Lame Jersey Dress, 1970s
Crack open a 1970s - era Vogue or Harper’s and you’ll surely see a fashion spread featuring garments by American designer Mollie Parnis. A pantsuit version of this ensemble appears in the March 1974 issue of Vogue, where the metallic heels and bouncy hair give you a real sense of its presence. Known for clever updates of classic silhouettes, this disco magic dress marries comfort with glam. The knit base incorporates Lurex®, a yarn that has a glittery metallic layer fused into it.
The dress is covered with hundreds of sequins that give a satisfying drape to the material, and an overall shimmer to the design. A great dress for a slim fit or ample curves, the sequins catch the light as they follow the body. From the mock neck, a smooth, close fit around the shoulders moves down into a slight flutter sleeve that adds an extra touch of diva to this dazzling dress. It is slightly fitted through the waist and gently falls from the hip to an ankle-length hemline with controlled flounces. Although a simple silhouette, this vintage Mollie Parnis dress speaks volumes and is the perfect spotlight piece for a party or event.
Size estimate: SML/MED
Shoulders: 16 inches
Sleeves: 23.5 inches
Bust: 34 - 36 inches
Waist: 28 - 30inches
Hips: 36-37 inches
Length: 56 inches
Unlined, this dress closes at the back with a centered zip and hooks-and-eyes at the neck. In very good condition, with mild wear. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.