Mollie Parnis (1902-1992) was among the first generation of American fashion designers to be known to the public by name rather than by affiliation to a department store. She was fabulously successful and her clothing became a standard in the wardrobe of many socialities. Parnis understood what women wanted to wear, how they needed to appear and how to do it in a most feminine and striking way. This very modern dress McCall's 1073 by Parnis from the New York Design Collection is high waisted with short set-in sleeves and a center back zipper. There are beautiful design elements in the way the bodice side fronts are sewn to the shoulder seams of the darted bodice backs. The curved seaming joins the bodice to a five section panel seamed skirt.