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See Vintage Slim Aarons Photos of Lilly Pulitzer and Her Preppy Muses

Diana Ewing in Lilly Pulitzer.
Diana Ewing in Lilly Pulitzer.

No one lived the Lilly Pulitzer lifestyle more than the designer herself. Born into wealth, prep-school-educated, and married to the grandson of publisher Joseph Pulitzer, Lilly simply dressed the people she knew — Waspy, Palm Beach–dwelling socialites who used summer and lunch as verbs. Her preppy social set and their affinity for flamingo pink attracted the eye of photographer Slim Aarons, who photographed Lilly and her family for decades. Enjoy his images as well as other vintage shots of Jacqueline Bisset, Wendy Vanderbilt, and Cheryl Tiegs in colorful Lilly prints through the years.

Photo: John Shannon/Condé Nast Archive/Corbis

Diana Ewing in Lilly Pulitzer pants, photographed by John Shannon in California, July 1972.

Photo: Slim Aarons/Getty Images

Guests at the Palm Beach home of Mr. and Mrs. Ogden Phipps. Photographed in May 1970 by Slim Aarons. 

Photo: Slim Aarons/Getty Images

Lilly Pulitzer (left) with Mrs. Rodney Dillard in Palm Beach, Florida. Photographed by Slim Aarons in May 1970.

Photo: Bert Stern/Condé Nast Archive/Corbis

Jacqueline Bisset wears Lilly Pulitzer in New York. Photographed by Bert Stern in August 1969.

Photo: Slim Aarons/Getty Images

Wendy Vanderbilt (right) and another woman wearing Lilly Pulitzer dresses in Palm Beach. Photographed by Slim Aarons in January 1964.

Photo: Slim Aarons/Getty Images

Lilly Pulitzer in her own design in Palm Beach, Florida. Photographed by Slim Aarons in 1955.

Photo: Henry Clarke/Condé Nast Archive/Corbis

Cheryl Tiegs in a shirtdress by Lilly Pulitzer at the Santa Anita race track. Photographed by Henry Clarke, May 1971.

Photo: Slim Aarons/Getty Images

From left: Mrs. Bedford (Dysie) Davie, Mayor Earl E.T. Smith, Charles Munn, and Lilly McKim Pulitzer Rousseau lunching at La Petite Marmite in Palm Beach. Photographed by Slim Aarons in April 1972. 

Photo: Alexis Waldeck/Condé Nast Archive/Corbis

Pilar Crespi in a dress by Lilly Pulitzer, with Richard White. Photographed by Alexis Waldeck, May 1970.

See Vintage Slim Aarons Photos of Lilly Pulitzer