RIP, Lily Pulitzer, 1921 – 1913

Quotes are from Associated Press by way of yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle.

Although self has never owned a Lily Pulitzer dress, she knows exactly what they are.  Lilly Pulitzer was the Tory Burch of her day, a woman “who married into the famous newspaper family” and “got her start in fashion by spilling orange juice on her clothes.  A rich housewife with time to spare and a husband who owned orange groves, she opened a juice stand in 1959, and asked her seamstress to make dresses in colorful prints that would camouflage fruit stains.  The dresses hung on a pipe behind her juice stand and soon outsold her drinks.”


  • “The signature Lilly palette features tongue-in-cheek jungle and floral prints in blues, pinks, light greens, yellow and orange —  the colors of a Florida vacation.”
  • In “a 2009 interview,” Ms. Pulitzer was quoted as saying:  “I designed collections around whatever struck my fancy . . .  fruits, vegetables, politics or peacocks.  I entered in with no business sense.  It was a total change of life for me, but it made people happy.”

One unforeseen result of having watched “To Catch a Thief” and “Vertigo” is that suddenly self is very, very interested in what women wore in bygone decades.  She would love, for instance, to get her hands on the grey suit worn by Kim Novak in “Vertigo.”  And she has studied Eva Marie-Saint’s wardrobe in “North by Northwest” and finds it truly iconic.

And now, back to her reading of Don Quijote (almost to page 500!)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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