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Lilly Pulitzer, the woman who created the WASP summer uniform, passed away yesterday at age 81 at her home in Palm Beach, Florida. Pulitzer earned her old money bona fides honestly. Her mother, Lillian Bostwick, was an heir to the Standard Oil fortune. In 1950, Lillian Lee McKim married Herbert Pulitzer, Jr., grandson of publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
The couple owned citrus orchards in Florida, and in the late 1950s Lilly opened a juice stand for kicks. She whipped up a few brightly colored dresses to hide the juice stains. Childhood friend and then First Lady Jackie Kennedy purchased one and was photographed wearing it on vacation. An acid-colored industry was born.
The house Pulitzer lived in from the early 1980s with second husband Enrique Rousseau was listed in 2010 for $11.5 million. It is still on the market and, sadly, is being marketed as a scape for the land for $8.5 million.
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Pulitzer and her daughters in the early 1960s at their Florida home.