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Monday, April 8, 2013

Remembering Lilly Pulitzer

By Jennifer Ashley Wright for New York Observer

I was shocked to hear that Lilly Pulitzer died this weekend. Not because she was so young–she was 81–but because I never quite thought of her as real. That’s not to say I didn’t think of her. For a long time, as a kid, I thought the Pulitzer Prize referred to Lilly. I’m not the only WASP child who had that idea.

A large part of that sentiment may have been because I grew up in a town where a pair of pants was not complete without a peppering of smiling whales. Nor was any shift dress finished without the addition of a paisley swirl. My first strapless sundress was a pink polka-dotted Lilly.

So, I always thought of Lilly as a kindly WASP Beetlejuice, as if by placing your hand on The Preppy Handbook and repeating her name three times, you might find yourself with ash blonde hair and an excellent golf game. Read More »

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