Lilly Pulitzer silk shift, early 1980s
A Lilly dress is as much a lifestyle statement as a fashion statement. With its joyous and sunny palette, the Lilly dress evokes the upscale suburban life filled with sunshine, happiness, and the most delightful friends in the world. A Lilly dress is also comfortable and easy to wear.
This one features a tropical foliage print in pink silk crepe. The body of the dress is lined with white China silk; the sleeves are unlined. The dress closes on the side with a concealed zipper.
Lilly McKim Pulitzer is a socialite who married Peter Pulitzer, grandson of famed publisher Joseph Pulitzer. They settled into the lifestyle of the very rich in Palm Beach, Florida. Peter owned several Florida citrus groves. To keep herself busy, Lilly opened a citrus juice stand.
She found that squeezing juice made a mess of her clothes. To camouflage the juice stains, she designed a sleeveless shift dress made of bright, colorful printed cotton. This led in 1959 to the creation of Lilly Pulitzer, Inc. to produce women's clothing in bright, colorful prints.
The condition is excellent. It looks like it was never worn.
The size is marked 4.
It measures: 38" bust, 40" waist, 42" hip, and 37" from shoulder to hem.