Iconic designer Lilly Pulitzer passes away at 81

April 8, 2013
Pulitzer was not only known for her designing talents, but love of hosting parties as well.

On Sunday, April 7, the world grieved the loss of one of the most iconic and revered fashion designers in the world, Lilly Pulitzer. She was 81 years old when she passed away in her Palm Beach, Florida, home surrounded by her loved ones.

Pulitzer, who was made famous by her brightly colored and preppy skirts, dresses and sweaters first designed one of her pieces for former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She later revealed that the shift dress was not created by luxurious, imported fabric, but rather her kitchen curtain. People fell in love with her designs, prompting her to start her own line.

Her shifts, which Pulitzer called “Lillys” were inspired by the stains that would cover her clothes at the end of a day working in her parent’s orange groves. Ten years after graduating from the prestigious Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, she ventured out and started her own juice stand in 1959, the same year she began designing. Soon, people began asking where they could get the the pieces that Pulitzer was seen wearing.

Pulitzer is the first to admit that she wasn’t sure whether her lack of business background would hold her back.

“It was a total change of life for me,” Pulitzer told W Magazine five years ago. “I entered it with no business sense. It was just something that I all of a sudden took over.”

Pulitzer, who graced the Palm Beach party circuit and became a well-known socialite, was known for her care free attitude and love of entertaining. She published two books on how to be the perfect hostess and was known for her belief that “It’s always summer somewhere.”

If you can’t get enough of Pulitzer’s bright and happy prints, why not wear the happy hues she is known for on your feet? At Dellamoda.com, we sell designer shoes that are not only offered at a discounted prince, but stylish too. We love our Cesare Paciotti red high heel platform sandals and think they look especially great for a night out on the town.

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