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10 Lovely Things About Lilly Pulitzer

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.

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.

Image by Diana Walker/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

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.)

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.

Source: Lilly Pulitzer  /  via: pinterest.com

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.)

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.

Source: Lilly Pulitzer  /  via: pinterest.com

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.

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.

Source: Lilly Pulitzer  /  via: pinterest.com

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.

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.

Source: Lilly Pulitzer  /  via: pinterest.com

6. Her dresses became known as the “Lillys.”

Her dresses became known as the "Lillys."

Above: A very early Lilly Pulitzer catalog page.

Source: Lilly Pulitzer  /  via: pinterest.com

7. Lilly had some rather iconic and famous fans including Jacqueline Kennedy and C.Z. Guest.

Lilly had some rather iconic and famous fans including Jacqueline Kennedy and C.Z. Guest.

Above: An ad from 1968.

Source: Lilly Pulitzer  /  via: pinterest.com

8. Things actually really took off when Jackie was photographed in one of Lilly’s designs. It was made from kitchen curtain material.

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.

Source: Lilly Pulitzer  /  via: pinterest.com

9. Lilly’s label was very much a high society brand.

Lilly's label was very much a high society brand.
Source: Lilly Pulitzer  /  via: pinterest.com

10. In fact, people called her The Queen of Prep.

In fact, people called her The Queen of Prep.

And they’re unlikely to forget that.

Above: Lilly at her first store.

Image by Diana Walker/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
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