Iconic fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau dead
Pulitzer died surrounded by family
She was "a true original" who "brought together generations," her company says
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy helped make Pulitzer a fashion star
Her career began when she created clothes to work in citrus groves
(CNN) -- Iconic fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau died Sunday in Palm Beach, Florida, surrounded by family, according to an announcement on her company's official Facebook page.
She was 81.
"Lilly has been a true inspiration to us and we will miss her," the statement said. "In the days and weeks ahead we will celebrate all that Lilly meant to us. Lilly was a true original who has brought together generations through her bright and happy mark on the world."
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Her schoolmate Jacqueline Kennedy, while first lady, was photographed wearing one of Pulitzer's dresses -- and made her a star. The dress "was made from kitchen curtain material -- and people went crazy," Pulitzer said in her book, "Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining," excerpted on her company's website. "They took off like zingo. Everybody loved them, and I went into the dress business."