50s Cocktail Dress Vintage Jerry Parnis Milgrim Illusion Lace S M

This gorgeous 1950s designer vintage cocktail dress is so alluring, covered up while suggesting a wilder side! The bodice has cap sleeves and is fitted, with underbust seaming that hugs the waist before flaring into a seven gore skirt. The bodice has an outer layer of illusion lace, very light and delicate looking, in an unusual pattern that reminds me of graceful fronds. Underneath, a combination of black and caucasian nude, cut in such a way as to suggest a strapless bodice. The dress is shown with a crinoline underneath for inspiration - the crinoline is not included with purchase.



 No size label 


Inches Centimeters
Bust 37" 94
Natural waist 26" 66
Hips 48" 122
Empire bodice length from shoulder seam 11" 28
Skirt length from empire waist 33" 83.75
Sweep 114.5" 293


Lightweight black silk taffeta, black lace in a delicate frond weave backed with pale pink netting, and peachy pink taffeta under the lace and net. The dress is partially lined in black voile.


Jerry Parnis, New York. The second label says Milgrim, a specialty fashion store in New York, owned by Sally Milgrim, who was the head designer.




The dress closes with a metal zipper down the center back. The illusion lace section has a small button & loop at the neck and two sets of hooks & eyes below.




There is a small area on the right rear shoulder with a hole in the black lace - see closeup. The netting underneath is intact - I think a former owner may have used an eveing bag with a shoulder strap that rubbed a bit there. No other issues noted.


$ 150.00