HSPBC Meets The Pink Retreat: The Legacy of Lilly Pulitzer
The Legacy of Lilly Pulitzer
Exclusively showing at our museum
June 8 & 9
Richard & Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum
For six decades, Lilly Pulitzer and her signature fashions have been recognized as the leading symbol of tropical resort wear and the true icon of Palm Beach style. Born Lillian McKim, the designer lived life on her own modern, unconventional terms. She was studying to become a nurse in Appalachia before eloping at the age of 19 with Peter Pulitzer. That union brought Lilly to Palm Beach, where she opened a juice stand on Worth Avenue and designed the first Lilly shift dress.
In the 1960s, Pulitzer had her seamstress create a few patterned cotton shifts to wear while she sold her orange juice. Lilly wanted a dress that would be comfortable, allow her to stay cool, and camouflage juice stains with bright, splashy colors. The results were so popular that Lilly sold them from the stand, single-handedly changing the island’s style by embodying the essence of the exclusive resort lifestyle.