1. In 1950, Lilly (only 21 at the time) eloped with Peter Pulitzer (whose grandfather was responsible for establishing the Pulitzer Prize). They settled in Palm Beach, Florida.
Above: A 1982 portrait of Lilly with her own fabric designs.
2. Most know that Lilly was born into a society family, but further proof is that she had two sisters whose names were: Mimsy and Flossie. (Yes.)
Above: Honeymoon style from 1968.
3. Although the New York native was from a well-to-do family, she took up the fairly mundane task of running an orange juice stand. (Her husband, Peter, owned several orange groves.)
Above: An ad from 1978.
4. Lilly created her first design after needing something to wear to disguise the orange juice stains she’d inevitably get all over her clothes. She made a simple cotton dress with a bright pattern.
Above: An ad from 1970.
5. Soon, she began selling her designs at the juice stand and when her fashions outsold the juice, she expanded, establishing her line in 1959.
Above: A 1976 catalog.
6. Her dresses became known as the “Lillys.”
Above: A very early Lilly Pulitzer catalog page.
7. Lilly had some rather iconic and famous fans including Jacqueline Kennedy and C.Z. Guest.
Above: An ad from 1968.
8. Things actually really took off when Jackie was photographed in one of Lilly’s designs. It was made from kitchen curtain material.
Above: 1977 catalog offerings.
9. Lilly’s label was very much a high society brand.
10. In fact, people called her The Queen of Prep.
And they’re unlikely to forget that.
Above: Lilly at her first store.