Evening dress; of black silk jersey with pleated white cotton organdy applique: one thin shoulder strap attaches at left shoulder diagonally across to right of center back; sheath style, with large white pleated leaf applique that attaches from the proper left hip up and across to the right shoulder; ankle length.
The donor, Marilyn Miglin wore this sophisticated Bill Blass dress to the Marshall Field's Boys Club Black and White Dinner in 1982, for which she was the guest of honor.
Marilyn Miglin founded the Marilyn Miglin Cosmetics Institute in the 1960s, creating a cosmetics empire and later becoming a pioneer of the Home Shopping Network. She was a champion of the Oak Street Council and served as its first president. In tribute, Marilyn Miglin Way is the honorary name of the Oak Street shopping district. Blass was a highly successful American designer who visited Chicago frequently throughout his career. He featured this sculptural design in advertisements that ran that same year in Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.