Vintage Dress 1950s Purple Floral Silk Dress/ Sequined Paul Parnes 40-28-40

$ 296.00 $ 395.00

Beautifully designed, this bright purple and pink silk dress has rows of flowers that are embellished with purple sequins. The waist is elastic, the bodice is darted with set in sleeves, and the skirt is straight and tight, typical of the era.

There is an interesting back sash that gives the dress an almost asymmetrical look. The original belt is missing. You can see by the lining this is really well made and definitely couture. Back zip. Paul Parnes label.
Marked Size: none- should fit 10-12.
Bust: 40”
Waist: 27”-29”
Hips: 40”
Shoulder: 17”
Sleeve from shoulder: 7.5”
Sleeve from underarm: 2”
Length 43.5”
Length (shoulder to waist): 16”
Length (waist to hem): 27.5”
CONDITION: Excellent

Here is some interesting info on the label:
Paul Parnes dress company was formed in 1931 by Paul Parnes and his brother, Edward Parnes. The two came from a dress manufacturing family. Their father, Louis Parnes, first began making clothing in Manhattan in 1895. This original firm was the Kings County Net Waist Company and was later known as Samuel Parnes.
Paul Parnes started his own operation in 1922 and in 1927 he formed a partnership called Sadowsky, Lang and Parnes. A short time later the name was changed to Mary Lee. This company was eventually bought by Adele Simpson, who had been designing the line.
In 1931 Parnes left Mary Lee to form his namesake company. They manufactured “better” dresses. In 1964 the company brought out a lower-cost line, Paul Parnes, Ltd.
Written by Lizzie Bramlett,, courtesy of the Vinatge Fashion Guild.