As reported earlier today, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau died Sunday morning. She was 81.
From her Facebook page:
Early this morning, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau passed away peacefully in Palm Beach, surrounded by family and loved ones. Lilly has been a true inspiration to us and we will miss her.
In the days and weeks ahead we will celebrate all that Lilly meant to us. Lilly was a true original who has brought together generations through her bright and happy mark on the world.
Pulitzer Rosseau's story is unique; as the young wife of wealthy Peter Pulitzer (her first husband, and grandson of newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer), her depression led to the hobby of selling homemade orange juice on the side of the road in Palm Beach. She designed comfortable floral outfits (colorful enough to conceal juice stains!) to wear while selling her juice, and ladies wanted to purchase the shirt off her back. She used her money and connections — Jackie Kennedy was a former classmate — to create a brand of pricey kooky resort wear that perfectly encapsulated Pulitzer Rousseau's time and lifestyle.