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Date of Birth November 10, 1931
Place of Birth Roslyn, New York
Date of Death Apr 7, 2013 (age 81)

 

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Date of Birth November 10, 1931
Place of Birth Roslyn, New York
Date of Death Apr 7, 2013 (age 81)
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Born: Lillian Lee McKim, November 10, 1931, Roslyn, New York, U.S.
Died: April 7, 2013, Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Citizenship: United States
Alma mater: Finch College
Occupation: Fashion designer
Known for: Lilly Pulitzer brand
Notable work: The Lilly Shift Dress
Home town: Roslyn, New York
Spouse(s): Herbert Pulitzer (1950-1969, divorced, 3 children), Enrique Rousseau (1969-1993, his death)

Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau (1931-2013), better known as Lilly Pulitzer, was an entrepreneur, fashion designer, and American socialite. She founded Lilly Pulitzer, Inc., which produces clothing and other such wares featuring bright, colorful, floral prints. As the brand is popular with high society, she was called the “Queen of Prep”.

EARLY LIFE
Lillian Lee “Lilly” McKim was born to socialites Robert V. McKim and his wife, Lillian (née Bostwick) in Roslyn, New York in 1931, the middle daughter of three. Her elder sister was named Mary Maude, and her younger sister was Florence Fitch. Her mother, Lillian Bostwick McKim was an heiress to the Standard Oil fortune. Robert and Lillian McKim divorced, and Lillian remarried, to Ogden Phipps, in 1937.

She attended the Chapin School in New York City, along with Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (the future Jacqueline Kennedy, First Lady of the United States). In 1949, she graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. She attended the college-finishing school Finch College in New York City, but left after one semester to work as a midwife assistant with Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky {according to townandcountrymag.com} and as a volunteer at the Veterans Hospital in The Bronx.

CAREER
Lilly and husband Peter Pulitzer settled in Palm Beach, Florida, shortly after their marriage. They owned several Florida orange groves and, with produce from these, she opened a fruit juice stand on Via Mizner in Palm Beach. While working at the stand, Pulitzer found that squeezing juice made a mess of her clothes. Seeking to camouflage the juice stains, she designed a sleeveless shift dress made of bright, colorful printed cotton. She discovered that customers loved her dress, so she produced more to sell at her juice stand. Eventually, she was selling more dresses than juice, and decided to focus on designing and selling what had become known as her “Lillys”.

In 1959, Pulitzer became president of her own company, Lilly Pulitzer, Inc. The company’s main factory was in Miami, Florida and the fabrics were produced by the Key West Hand Print Fabrics company in Key West. From the 1960s to the early 1980s, Pulitzer’s bright, colorful clothes were very popular, worn by people such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Caroline Kennedy, and members of the Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Whitney families. Lilly Pulitzer was a former classmate of Jackie’s. After Jackie was featured in Life magazine donning one of Lilly’s famous shifts, many preppy ladies followed her lead. The Jacqueline dress is one of Lilly Pulitzer’s most successful styles. By 1984, Lilly closed down the entire clothing operation. Lilly later stated that the first shift dress her former classmate, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was photographed in, was made of kitchen curtains.

Revival of the brand
In 1993, the rights to the brand were purchased by Sugartown Worldwide, Inc. They contacted Pulitzer with the hopes of reviving the brand because, “they just loved Lilly, their mothers and sisters loved Lilly, and they wanted to bring the line back,” Pulitzer said. Pulitzer was not involved in the day-to-day administration of the company, but she continued to serve in the role of creative consultant, approving new designs, fabrics, and collections, and branching out into other product lines.

Today, the company maintains 75 Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores (also known as Via Shops).

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