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Lilly Pulitzer (b. 1931, Roslyn, New York) is a socialite and prominent fashion designer. 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... Roslyn (/RAHZ-lin/) is a village in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. ... A socialite is a person (male or female, but more often used for a woman) of social prominence who is considered to be an influential social figure. ... Brief introduction on the history of fashion design and designers Fashion design is the art dedicated to the creation of wearing apparel and lifestyle. ...


Lilly Pulitzer was christened Lillian Lee McKim to a socialite family in Roslyn, New York in 1931; Lilly Lee was her nickname among her friends. She was a "middle child" with an old sister, Mary Maude (called Memsey) and a younger sister Florence Fitch (Flossie). Roslyn (/RAHZ-lin/) is a village in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. ... // A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Bob, Rob, Robby, Robbie, Robi, Bobby, Rab, Bert, Bertie, Butch, Bobbers, Bobert, Beto, Bobadito, and Robban (in Sweden), are all short for Robert). ...

She attended the Chapin School in New York City, along with the Bouvier sister, Jacqueline and Lee. In 1949, she graduated from Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. She attended the college/cum/finishing school Fitch in New York City, but left after one semester to work as a midwife's assistant in West Virginia and as a volunteer at the Veterans Hospital in The Bronx. 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Miss Porters School, sometimes referred to simply as Farmington, is a preparatory school for girls, located in Farmington, Connecticut. ... Farmington is a town located in central Connecticut, in Hartford County, Connecticut. ... Nickname: Big Apple Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... The Bronx is the northernmost of the five Boroughs of New York City in the United States. ...

In 1950 she eloped with Peter Pulitzer, the grandson of publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Together, they settled in Palm Beach, Florida, where they enjoyed a bohemian lifestyle - at lease by by the standards of Palm Beach at the time (entertaining in the kitchen, walking barefoot down Worth Avenue). The attractive young couple made Palm Beach their year round home where they raised three children (Peter, Liza and Minnie). Peter owned several Florida citrus groves, and with produce from the groves Lilly opened a juice stand on Via Mizner, just off Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Joseph Pulitzer Joseph Joe Pulitzer (April 10, 1847 – October 29, 1911) was an American publisher best known for posthumously establishing the Pulitzer Prizes and (along with William Randolph Hearst) for originating yellow journalism. ... Palm Beachs skyline, as seen from Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Species & major hybrids Species Citrus maxima- Pomelo Citrus medica- Citron Citrus reticulata- Mandarin & Tangerine Major hybrids Citrus × sinensis- Sweet Orange Citrus × aurantium- Bitter Orange Citrus × paradisi- Grapefruit Citrus × limon- Lemon Citrus × latifolia- Persian lime Citrus × aurantifolia- Key lime See also main text for other hybrids Citrus is a common term... Worth Avenue is a famous shopping street in Palm Beach, Florida, in the United States. ...

In the course of working at the juice stand, Lilly found that squeezing juice made a mess of her clothes. Seeking to camouflage the juice stains, Lilly asked her dressmaker to design a sleeveless shift dress made of bright, colorful printed cotton. Lilly loved the dress that was produced for her, and it would later become her "Classic Shift Dress". The term dress may refer to either clothing or attire in general a specific type of garment, discussed in the article on skirt and dress This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Lilly quickly found that customers loved her dress, and so she had her dressmaker produce more in order to sell at her juice stand. Soon, however, she was selling more dresses than juice, so she decided to stop selling juice and instead focus on designing and selling what had become known as her "Lillys." Jackie Kennedy, then the First Lady, Lilly's friend and classmate from Chapin and Miss Porter's, was one of the first celebrities to sport Lilly's shift dress, and was featured in Life Magazine wearing one. Lilly's shift dresses suddenly became a fashion sensation. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Martha Washington, 1st First Lady of the United States Laura Bush, current First Lady of the United States (2001-present) First Lady of the United States is the unofficial title of the hostess of the White House. ... A cover of Life Magazine from 1911 Life has been the name of two notable magazines published in the United States. ...

In 1969, Lilly and Peter were divorced. She married Enrique Rousseau shortly thereafter. Although she legally changed her name to "Lillian McKim Rousseau", her clothing company continued to operate under the "Lilly Pulitzer" label with amazing success. Lilly continued to enjoy Palm Beach life, watching her children and grandchildren grow up. Enrique died from cancer in 1993 just as the fashion label was revived. 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...


Throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, Lilly's bright, colorful, well-made clothes were very popular and continued to be high-prized items. In 1980, Lisa Birnbach's bestselling tongue-in-cheek "guide" The Official Preppy Handbook featured a golf skirt and "Lilly beach dress" as must-have items for "preppy" women. Arguably, Lilly Pulitzer's clothing was at the height of its original popularity in the early 1980s. In 1984, however, Lilly retired so as to spend time with her grandchildren, and closed down her entire clothing operation. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Cover of The Official Preppy Handbook The Official Preppy Handbook is a tongue-in-cheek reference guide written by Lisa Birnbach as a parody of an aspect of North American culture she styles as prepdom. ... A skirt is a traditionally feminine tube- or cone-shaped garment which is worn from the waist and covers the legs. ... Preppy (also spelled preppie) is a chiefly American adjective or noun traditionally used to describe the characteristics of white Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs) who attend or attended major private, secondary university-preparatory schools commonly associated with New England and the northeastern United States. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Thus, it came as a surprise to the fashion world when in January 1993 Lilly Pulitzer allowed her line to be revived; Lilly is not involved in the day to day administration of the company, but she continues to serve in the role of creative consultant, approving new designs, fabrics, and collections. Good sales have inspired branching out into other product lines. The company also produces Lilly bedding, men's clothing, maternity clothes, jewelry, and accessories. Today, the company maintains 70 Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores, several company-owned retail stores, and sells in major department stores such as Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom's. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

Recently, she published a pair of lifestlye books with her friend, the author Jay Mulvaney, showcasing the "barefoot elegance" that characterizes her entertaining style, as well as two successful desk calendar books. Regarded, to her amusement, as "The Doyenne of Palm Beach," Lilly still lives in her "Jungle," enjoying life, her family and friends, and the persuit of happiness.

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  Results from FactBites:
Pardon? Lilly Pulitzer isn't into 'fashion' | The San Diego Union-Tribune (807 words)
Pulitzer was all done up because Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan was hosting a lunch and book-signing event in her honor later that day.
Pulitzer – and the entire brand that bears her name – is approachable yet aspirational, says Jay Mulvaney, co-author of the book.
Pulitzer only lived in New York as a child, moving to Palm Beach as a young woman and, gasp, making it her year-round address.
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