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10 Lovely Things About Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer — designer of iconic '60s and '70s printed fashions — has passed away at 81.

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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.

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Above: A 1982 portrait of Lilly with her own fabric designs.

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.)

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.


Info via, Wikipedia, and the New York Times.