Parnis, Mollie

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Parnis, Mollie

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  • Parnis, Sarah Rosen

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Mollie Parnis was born to a poor immigrant family in New York City. She started working at the age of 8 years old and eventually built a multi-million dress business. Parnis was also a skilled collector of art and contributed to the beautification of New York and Jerusalem. Many of her dresses were worn by First Ladies such as Mamie Eisenhower and Betty Ford.

Brooklyn-born ready-to-wear and boutique designer for women’s clothes. She opened her own design firm in 1933, launched her own label in the 1940’s and became known for her understated, conservative, well-tailored dresses and suits in luxurious looking fabrics. She closed her salon in 1984 but the next year started up an At-Home business concentrating on loungewear. She designed for several first ladies and in 1985 published "Fashion, the Inside Story"


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