Ensemble - Jacket and Dress

Description

Short cocktail or informal dinner ensemble of green silk brocade with woven design in tiny gray/blue floral pattern. The fitted short jacket has a natural waistline slightly gathered at front, princess seams front and back, and cap sleeves. V-back, with open throat neck-line. Round collar trimmed with brown mink fur. 3/4 length dolman sleeves, 5 self-covered buttons at center front. Green faille lining. No labels in jacket. The dress of the same fabric is mid-calf length, and has a square neckline with small V cut in front and tucks at corners of square, back neckline V that matches front V. ... continued below

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Parnis, Mollie 1958/1959.

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This physical object is part of the collection entitled: Texas Fashion Collection and was provided by UNT College of Visual Arts + Design to Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 45 times , with 4 in the last month . More information about this object can be viewed below.

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  • Parnis, Mollie Parnis, Mollie (b. New York, New York, USA, 1899 or 1905 - d. New York, New York, USA, 1992)

Donor

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  • Johnson, Lady Bird Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson (b. Karnack, Texas, USA, Dec. 22, 1912 - d. West Lake Hills, Texas, USA, July 11, 2007), wife of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States, November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969.

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Retailer

  • Neiman Marcus Neiman-Marcus Co. (USA) (est. 1907 in Dallas, Texas, USA, by Herbert Marcus, Carrie Marcus-Neiman, and Al Neiman)

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Short cocktail or informal dinner ensemble of green silk brocade with woven design in tiny gray/blue floral pattern.

The fitted short jacket has a natural waistline slightly gathered at front, princess seams front and back, and cap sleeves. V-back, with open throat neck-line. Round collar trimmed with brown mink fur. 3/4 length dolman sleeves, 5 self-covered buttons at center front. Green faille lining.

No labels in jacket.

The dress of the same fabric is mid-calf length, and has a square neckline with small V cut in front and tucks at corners of square, back neckline V that matches front V. Short cap sleeves with underarm rectangular gusset. Three small pleats at left and right of natural waistline. Center back zipper with hook and eye closure. Lined as jacket.

Retailer's label at left inside seam inside skirt: "Neiman-Marcus"
Retailer's label that acts as "modesty weight" at center front inside of neckline, 4 inches long: "Neiman Marcus"

The dress has a belt covered in same fabric, lined with leather.

Notes

This ensemble was acquired by Mrs. Johnson at Neiman-Marcus in Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Johnson wore the ensemble while her husband was Vice President of the United States, including the ceremony for the Swearing-in and reception for assistant secretaries and Presidential appointees, held in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C., on January 29, 1961, and in the Blue Room of the White House on the same day for a ceremony greeting Cadets from Service Academies. In 1966, Mrs. Johnson donated the ensemble to the Les Femmes du Monde charity auction in Dallas, from which it was purchased by Mrs. Clint Murchison, Jr. Mrs. Murchison donated the garment to the Dallas Museum of Fashion after the sale. October 16, 1966 Dallas Morning News, p.1, has an article on the Les Femmes du Monde sale, mentioning the ensemble.

This object was part of the Dallas Museum of Fashion collection. Founded in 1960 by the Fashion Group, Inc. of Dallas, the collection comprised important items of historic and current fashion. It was housed in the Apparel Mart, Dallas, and operated as the Dallas Museum of Fashion from 1960 until 1971. It moved to what was then North Texas State University in 1972, and became the Texas Fashion Collection.

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Texas Fashion Collection

The UNT Texas Fashion Collection is dedicated to the preservation and documentation of historically significant fashion, and serves as an educational and inspirational resource for students, researchers, and the general public. This vital resource is part of the UNT College of Visual Arts + Design.

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Creation Date

  • 1958/1959

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  • May 6, 2015, 4:58 p.m.

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  • May 14, 2015, 10:15 a.m.

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Parnis, Mollie. Ensemble - Jacket and Dress, physical object, 1958/1959; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc503774/: accessed October 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Visual Arts + Design.