Remembering Lilly Pulitzer

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American designer and socialite Lilly Pulitzer died at her Palm Beach home yesterday, aged 81.

Lilly Pulitzer herself... this picture was inspiration for a painting done by one of the Lilly Print Designers at the Madison Ave Store

Lilly Pulitzer herself… this picture was inspiration for a painting done by one of the Lilly Print Designers at the Madison Ave Store

Lilly Pulitzer with fabric. Getty Images, Time & Life Photos, Photographer- Diana Walker

Lilly Pulitzer with fabric. Getty Images, Time & Life Photos, Photographer- Diana Walker

Peter Pulitzer with wife Lilly, in Palm Beach, Florida, 1955 photo by Slim Aarons

Peter Pulitzer with wife Lilly, in Palm Beach, Florida, 1955
photo by Slim Aarons

Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer, by Howell Conant  Ms. Pulitzer with her daughters Minnie, left, and Liza, right, at her home in Palm Beach in 1963.

Lilly Pulitzer, by Howell Conant
Ms. Pulitzer with her daughters Minnie, left, and Liza, right, at her home in Palm Beach in 1963.

Lilly Pulitzer  in her store

Lilly Pulitzer in her store

Lilly Pulitzer (left) and husband Herbert (Peter) Pulitzer Jr with Mrs Patrice Massie Tevander and Alexander Cameron, Palm Beach, 1954 From Bert Morgan Archives

Lilly Pulitzer (left) and husband Herbert (Peter) Pulitzer Jr with Mrs Patrice Massie Tevander and Alexander Cameron, Palm Beach, 1954
From Bert Morgan Archives

Lilly Pulitzer at one of her fabulous parties...

Lilly Pulitzer at one of her fabulous parties…

She opened an orange juice stand in Palm Beach, and designed colorful cotton shirts for herself to work in comfortably. Soon, customers wanted to buy her shirts as well as the juice.

Lilly Pulitzer - The Story

Lilly Pulitzer – The Story

She began a collection of informal dresses, called “Lillys,” and then began designing clothes for girls and a men’s sportswear line.

Lilly Pulitzer the clothing label was born. The “classic shift dress” shot to international fame and demand when Lilly’s old schoolmate Jacqueline Kennedy née Bouvier, now the First Lady, was photographed wearing a “Lilly” while on vacation. “Jackie wore one of my dresses – it was made from kitchen curtain material – and people went crazy. They took off like zingo. Everybody loved them, and I went into the dress business.” – Essentially Lilly, A Guide to Colorful Entertaining

Jackie Kennedy pictured in Lilly on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1961. After that, Lillys started

Jackie Kennedy pictured in Lilly on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1961. After that, Lillys started

June brides love Lilly...was true then and now!

June brides love Lilly…was true then and now!

From Lilly Pulitzer's Late Summer:Fall 1982 catalog

From Lilly Pulitzer’s Late Summer:Fall 1982 catalog

vintage Lilly Pulitzer

vintage Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Follows The Sun ad campaign in 1975 - 1976

Lilly Follows The Sun ad campaign in 1975 – 1976

Claudia Schiffer for Saks Fifth Avenue in the Lilly Pulitzer classic shift in 1995

Claudia Schiffer for Saks Fifth Avenue in the Lilly Pulitzer classic shift in 1995

Assouline Wendy Vanderbilt and friend wearing Lilly Pulitzer dresses,1964

Assouline
Wendy Vanderbilt and friend wearing Lilly Pulitzer dresses,1964

Vintage 1971 Lilly Pulitzer (w:Jack Rogers) Vogue Magazine Ad

Vintage 1971 Lilly Pulitzer (w:Jack Rogers) Vogue Magazine Ad

An early Lilly Pulitzer catalog

An early Lilly Pulitzer catalog

A Lilly Pulitzer style from 1973.

A Lilly Pulitzer style from 1973.

A Lilly Pulitzer ad from 1971

A Lilly Pulitzer ad from 1971

A Lilly Pulitzer ad from 1970

A Lilly Pulitzer ad from 1970

Lilly Pulitzer:Wind Drift Combo Ad- 1970s

Lilly Pulitzer:Wind Drift Combo Ad- 1970s

lilly pulitzer's little cotton shifts, april 1964

lilly pulitzer’s little cotton shifts, april 1964

 

 

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