Lilly Pulitzer, 81, Has Died

The fashion designer from Palm Beach made her mark on Martha's Vineyard as well.

The Florida woman whose exuberantly patterned clothing designs defined coastal chic from Palm Beach to the Vineyard has died in, the New York Times is reporting.

Lilly Pulitzer was 81, according to the Times.

Begininng in the 1960s, when Jacqueline Kennedy was photographed in one of Pulitzer's sleeveless minidresses, and continuing well into the 70s, Pulitzer's colorful summerwear became wardrobe staples for seasonal Martha's Vineyard residents like actress Ruth Gordon, who took her daily strolls in Edgartown wearing "Lilly shifts" and chiffon hair bows.

In the Pink, an Edgartown boutique, carries Lilly Pulitzer-licensed merchandise. But, according to the Times, Pulitzer herself had not been involved in the business beyond approving print designs from her Florida home.

Do you, or did you, wear Lilly Pulitzer designs? Tell us in the comments.

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Jaym April 08, 2013 at 07:05 PM
There were stores in Orleans and Osterville also.
Louisa Hufstader April 08, 2013 at 07:27 PM
In addition to Edgartown, there are Lilly Pulitzer stores in Falmouth, Mashpee, Nantucket, Newport, Chatham, Barrington, East Greenwich, a bunch up around Boston, the Hamptons and so on. It's hard to count all the stores on the locator map at lillypulitzer.com but looks like more than 100 all the way out to California and Seattle. I couldn't find Orleans or Osterville listed, but the Chatham and Mashpee stores are conveniently located for those towns.
Maddie LeCoq April 08, 2013 at 08:10 PM
My sister & I also wore Lilly dresses...we even matched w/Granda!!
Louisa Hufstader April 08, 2013 at 09:13 PM
I wonder if we'll see any Lillys in the new season of Mad Men? I'm pretty sure, after watching the premiere last night, that the show is heading into 1968.
Me April 09, 2013 at 01:47 AM
The Osterville store is due to open this spring/summer. It will be located on Wianno Avenue, next to the Osterville Package Store. The space was previously Pocket Full of Posies (which has moved a few doors down).


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