Thursday, October 27, 2011

You're Invited to the Preppy American Brunch on Saturday, November 12, 2011

Preppy American Brunch to celebrate the 80th Birthday of
Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau
Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:45am

Special "Pink & Green" Cupcakes being created by Artfully Baked
The famed preppy resort fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau will become an octogenarian in November 2011.  To celebrate Rousseau’s significant milestone of turning 80 years old, the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History will host on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:45am, The Preppy American Brunch. 

The event is being chaired by
Lilly Ambassador Mary Lane
and will include a buffet brunch, silent auction, informal modeling, and music including a special violin serenade by 7 year-old Willow Moffett. 
Ticket price:
$75 per person; $750 for table of 10.  For MLFH members, the ticket price is $70 per person and $700 for a table of 10. Purchase tickets on-line at or mail check payments to the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History at P.O. Box 6127; Delray Beach, FL  33482.  Call 561-243-2662 or e-mail
Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History

801 N. Congress Avenue, Suite 483
Boynton Beach Mall (inside Mall in North Wing of Mall)
Boynton Beach, FL  33426

Mary Lane with her Lilly Golf Cart

About the Preppy Brunch Honoree: Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau:
Ms. Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau is a resident on the island of Palm Beach and a Florida icon. During her fashion career, Pulitzer was proclaimed the "Queen of Prep" because of her fashion line’s popularity as resort wear that was primarily worn by Preppy Americans who vacationed in wealthy locales like Palm Beach, Florida; Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, to name a select few.

Born in Roslyn, New York, Lillian Lee McKim Pulitzer Rousseau (nicknamed Lilly) was named for her mother Lillian Stokes Bostwick McKim Phipps; and her grandmother Mary Lillian Stokes Bostwick.  Lilly’s great-grandfather was Jabez Abel Bostwick and he was a founding partner and first Treasurer of the Standard Oil Company.   Because of Lilly’s great-grandfather’s oil investments, this branch of the New York Bostwick family rose to prominence and became one of the wealthiest families in America.  Lilly was afforded education at the most prestigious schools: Chapin, Miss Porter’s School and in 1949 she was enrolled at The Finch School, (a finishing school for women of wealthy families) in New York City.  After three-months, Lilly dropped-out of Finch to become a nurse’s aid at the Kentucky Frontier Nursing Service.
In 1952, when Lilly Pulitzer eloped and married Peter Pulitzer, her noble standing was cemented again because Peter was the grandson of famed newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. 
Lilly and Peter settled in the Town of Palm Beach where a free-spirited Lilly Pulitzer operated a juice stand using produce from a citrus grove in Fort Pierce, Florida owned by the family.  The juice stand was located in a tiny shop in Via Mizner located right off Worth Avenue in the Town of Palm Beach, FL.  

Click the following links to read some of the news stories about the event:

Click here for Rod Hagwood's Fashion Blog about the Preppy Brunch

Click for Visit Florida Blog about Preppy Brunch

Click here for Florida Weekly Blog about Preppy Brunch

The Exhibition:
The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History’s feature exhibit is an ode to Lilly’s family history and namesake fashions. The For the Love of LILLY exhibit has been organized and developed by the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History and curated by Lori J. Durante. The history showcase features more than 80 vintage Lilly Pulitzer clothes, accessories and original fabric. To date, more than 20 collectors from throughout the USA and the State of Florida have provided their vintage Lilly for the exhibit.  Some collectors are from Cincinnati, Ohio; San Francisco, California; Shingle Springs, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; as well as from cities in Florida such as Orlando, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach; Boca Raton; Boynton Beach; Delray Beach; Hillsboro Beach; Pompano Beach; Fort Lauderdale; Parkland and Miami.