rest in peace Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau

The iconic designer past away today at the age of 81.

In the late ’50s Pulitzer – a socialite living in Palm Beach – opened up an orange juice stand utilizing the oranges produced at her husband’s citrus groves. She needed a way to hide the juice stains on her clothing so she asked a seamstress to help her make sleeveless dresses in colorful prints.

A few years later Jackie Kennedy – who attended boarding school with Pulitzer – wore one of the sleeveless dresses on Life magazine and they instantly became a hit.

Today her patterned dresses, skirts, shorts and more are a staple of both woman’s and little girl’s wardrobes.

“I designed collections around whatever struck my fancy…fruits, vegetables, politics, or peacocks! I entered in with no business sense. It was a total change of life for me, but it made people happy,” Pulitzer in an interview with the Associated Press in March ’09.

lilly

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