Remembering Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly PUlitzer
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Lilly Pulitzer, the woman who created printed dresses that radiated the sunshine every day of the year, passed away yesterday at the age of 81. After moving to Palm Beach, Florida in the late 1950s, she was inspired to create the line after she opened a juice stand and needed clothes to cover juice stains—enter her iconic orange slice-covered shifts, paisley prints, and vacation clothes. Since then, she's launched baby clothes, stationery, shoes, and sorority wear, and expanded her company into the empire it is today. "Lilly was a true original who has brought together generations through her bright and happy mark on the world," the company wrote on her Facebook page. And InStyle couldn't agree morewe've featured Pulitzer's name 60 times in our magazine, first in May 1996 with her mini daisy jeans and, most recently, last November in our Best of Web feature, where her products were featured in our spotlight on ($1 out of every $5 spent goes to your favorite charity). She had three children.

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