Lilly Pulitzer with her daughters Minnie and Liza photographed at their Palm Beach home in 1963.
Lilly died today 4/7/2013 (age 81) at her home in Palm Beach, Florida. Born Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau on November 10th 1931, Lilly was an American socialite and fashion designer. She attended the Chapin School in New York City where she was classmates with Jacqueline Kennedy. Throughout the years, Jacqueline Kennedy was often seen sporting Lilly Pulitzer dresses.
After marrying Peter Pulitzer, they settled in Palm Beach, Florida. Lilly opened a juice stand with the produce from her husband’s citrus groves.
In the course of working at the juice stand, Lilly found that squeezing juice made a mess of her clothes. Seeking to camouflage the juice stains, she designed a sleeveless shift dress made of bright, colorful printed cotton. Lilly found that customers loved her dress, so she produced more in order to sell them at her juice stand. Eventually, she was selling more dresses than juice, and decided to focus on designing and selling what had become known as her “Lillys”. wiki
… and so was the birth of a fashion label. Her works were known for floral prints and bright colors making them popular Spring attire. Lilly Pulitzer is responsible for creating the “classic shift dress” and was considered the “Queen of Prep.”