Thursday, December 08, 2011

Jerry Parnis Dress - 1954

Jerry Parnis was Mollie Parnis' sister.  While not as well known as Mollie, Jerry was just as talented.  Her favorite fabric to work with was cotton, which she used for both day and evening dresses.  This dress from 1954 is simply superb.  What I love most about it is that unusual neckline treatment, one I've never seen before.  The black and white cotton print is accented with bands of white cotton pique.  Jerry takes the pique band down the front neckline, but stops short of the deep decolletage and weaves it straight across.  This adds a peek-a-boo effect that I adore.  By the way, Formite was the brand name for the interfacing used in the dress. 

We have a beautiful 1950s beaded cocktail dress by Jerry Parnis available at Couture Allure right now.  And yes, it's made of cotton!