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April 08, 2013  | by: Amanda Fiore
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The woman who transformed orange juice stained clothes to a dynasty of vibrant, playful patterns has died at age 81. Lilly Pulitzer was not only an internationally famous fashion designer, but a beloved fashion icon.

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The seed for Pulitzer’s bright patterned clothing began in the 1950s, when she was just a young girl working at a juice bar. She created her own uniforms for work with one goal in mind, to hide the juice stains. This practical idea transformed into a worldwide desire for cheerful, vibrant clothing. Eventually growing into a fashion staple.

Women of all ages cannot deny the allure of Pulitzers’ fun and tropical patterns, which immediately transport you to the beautiful sands of Palm Beach. It all began with a few tropical print dresses and ended in a dynasty of clothing, accessorizes, and even tumblers. You name it and Lilly Pulitzer has designed it.


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Although Lilly Pulitzer has passed she leaves behind, not only vibrant clothing but a bright future. Pulitzer has changed the lives of many serving as a role model for all women out there. In a time where women were subjected to the home and sported neutral clothing resembling their inferior roles to men, Pulitzer broke through establishing herself as a non-conformist. She showed off her creativity in playful sundresses inspired by the tropical beaches of Florida.

We should all take a lesson from this late fashion icon. Like Lilly has proved, do not be afraid to get out there and be a little different. Pulitzer’s nonconformity paved way for global success. She has such a large part in many people’s fashion lives, but its about time she enter the real lives of us all. Take one from Lilly Pulitzer and do  not be afraid to live colorfully.

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