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.
Diana Ewing in Lilly Pulitzer pants, photographed by John Shannon in California, July 1972.
Guests at the Palm Beach home of Mr. and Mrs. Ogden Phipps. Photographed in May 1970 by Slim Aarons.
Lilly Pulitzer (left) with Mrs. Rodney Dillard in Palm Beach, Florida. Photographed by Slim Aarons in May 1970.
Jacqueline Bisset wears Lilly Pulitzer in New York. Photographed by Bert Stern in August 1969.
Wendy Vanderbilt (right) and another woman wearing Lilly Pulitzer dresses in Palm Beach. Photographed by Slim Aarons in January 1964.
Lilly Pulitzer in her own design in Palm Beach, Florida. Photographed by Slim Aarons in 1955.
Cheryl Tiegs in a shirtdress by Lilly Pulitzer at the Santa Anita race track. Photographed by Henry Clarke, May 1971.
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.
Pilar Crespi in a dress by Lilly Pulitzer, with Richard White. Photographed by Alexis Waldeck, May 1970.