About This Piece
This gorgeous 1940’s via 1980’s satin skirt suit boasts a stark contrasting white silk satin front panel trimmed in velvet scrollwork and glass bugle beads on the jacket. Diagonal, faceted black Roleau loop buttons close the jacket over a matching black skirt.
Styling This Piece
To modernize this ensemble, try splitting it up. The classic skirt makes a great staple, pairing well with contemporary tops and third pieces. The statement jacket’s unique shape can be re-styled as an ultra-glam moto jacket, worn over a more casual outfit. Pair the suit with unique, matching accessories to push this semi-formal vintage piece to the max.
This piece is modeled on a size 6. This suit would be a likely perfect fit for a size 8. Please reference the flat measurements below.
Bust - 19.5"
Shoulder - 7"
Sleeve - 23.5"
Waist - 14"
Length - 24"
This piece is in near perfect condition with no noteworthy issues. Please reference the last two photos for elements of condition.
About The Designer
“Mollie Parnis’ career spanned the 20th century, most notably dressing First Ladies of the mid/late century, including Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford and Rosalynn Carter. Parnis’ most famous customer in the 1950s was Mamie Eisenhower. In April 1955, Mrs. Eisenhower and Mollie Parnis were the subject of an article in Time magazine when the First Lady and another woman wore the same Mollie Parnis print dress to a reception that was being held in Mamie’s honor. The guest was horrified, but Mrs. Eisenhower took it all in good humor, saying, “I think it’s pretty!” Parnis commented later, “I’m ready to crawl under a rock, or leave the country or something.”
Her Mollie Parnis Boutique label was launched in 1970, designed by Morty Sussman. Hubert Latimer, who had designed for Irene, Charles Cooper, and Christian Dior, headed her couture or high-end division, which produced this piece.” – Vintage Fashion Guild