Fashion: The Lilly

She has the face and figure of a Courbet bather ("I look kinda round, not lean and lanky"), a home in Palm Beach, three handsome children, and a minor legend of a husband—Herbert ("Peter") Pulitzer Jr., 32, a grandson of the publisher, who quit the easy, moneyed life to pick and pack oranges. It would be enough for almost any girl. But to her own mild astonishment, Lilly Pulitzer, 30, finds herself hailed as a fashion designer.

Her fame rests on a single dress, unsurprisingly called "the Lilly." Originally, she designed it as a uniform for herself to wear while...

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