Bill Blass, Multi-Colored Pants Ensemble
Bill Blass multi color organza and silk pants outfit; box (jacket) of two layers of organza- top vertical wide stripes in royal blue, red, green, purple and orange; inside/lining layer in red; no closure; jacket trimmed with ruffles of the same multi-colored material; set in straight sleeves with ruffle edges; strapless tube shape (bodice) of pleated multicolor organza fabric; lined in red satin fabric; constructed with boning and hanging straps; straight front pleated (pants) in purple silk fabric; back zipper closure and hook & eye; hidden side seam pockets; pants are not lined.
This dress belonged to Dorothy Bell Whiley Peters. Dorothy was born in Lancaster, Ohio in 1891. Her father, Charles Bell Whiley, worked as lawyer in Lancaster. Dorothy married Philip Rising Peters in 1914. While Philip would pass away in 1954, Dorothy would live to be 100 years old. She was a member of the Columbus Circle of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Ohio. Dorothy was also a lover of poetry and her children published a collection of her work after her passing.
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