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Fashion Forward Iconic Monarch Butterfly Dress by Luly Yang

Updated on September 20, 2014
image credit - photograph by Rebecca Lee
image credit - photograph by Rebecca Lee

Perfection in a Dress Inspired by the Journey of the Monarch

"Oh, that dress in the window!" If my introduction to Luly Yang's Monarch Butterfly Dress was by way of a casual walk down the street with my eyecatching this dress in a shop window, I'd be out of my ever-loving mind! That's exactly how it has been for many. This dress has become iconic, and it has also launched the designer, Luly Yang, into a world of design and couture fashion.

So many like Luly Yang as she is down-to-earth and finds inspiration from the beauty of Nature. She has been openly embraced and respected by her peers and the fashion community. I hope you enjoy discovering this lovely dress as I have.

I can't think of a more fabulous way to step-out this Spring season than with Luly Yang's Monarch Butterfly Dress. It is a beauty!

Now, make sure you scroll all the way down this article, as I will also be sharing another Luly Yang couture dress, only this one was inspired by the iridescent blue morpho butterfly. It's another favorite evening gown, and it's truly the evening gown of fairy tales!

image credit - a photo of a monarch by krosseel -courtesy of Morguefile
image credit - a photo of a monarch by krosseel -courtesy of Morguefile

Inspired by the Journey of the Monarch

Luly Yang's Inspiration for Her Creation

The journey of the monarch is both impressive and mysterious. These butterflies make a migration of up to 3,500 miles from Canada to Mexico and Baja, California. They are one of the only insects able to make the flight across the Atlantic Ocean, and now, there are smaller communities that also migrate from Europe all the way to Australia. Scientists can only speculate why monarchs migrate such long distances. It remains one of Nature's captivating mysteries.

The symbol of the monarch migration is one of strength, stamina, and endurance, all while maintaining beauty and grace.

Luly Yang compares her journey of the past 10 years to the migration of the monarch. She is inspired by these lovely creatures and the symbolism that accompanies them. She believes that if we instill Nature's beauty even into the clothing that we wear, we will have more of an appreciation for Nature and her beauty. Luly talks more of this in the video below. Is it working?

Imagine a Night of Dancing in this Dress

image credit - www.lulyyang.com - woweee! spinning an twirling round and round
image credit - www.lulyyang.com - woweee! spinning an twirling round and round

Treat Yourself to Ways to Incorporate the Monarch Into Your Spring and Summer Wardrobe - Treat Yourself :)

Beautiful Magical Video Footage of a Monarch Migration

- from egg to migration and so worth a watch

If you have one or two kiddos in the house nearby, you may want to call them over.

This is a beautifully well done video. It begins with a single female monarch laying an egg on the back of a leaf. The larval caterpillar hatches, grows into a healthy "adult caterpillar," wraps itself in a cozy cocoon, emerges as a beautiful butterfly, and begins its migration journey.

The migration footage of thousands upon thousands of monarchs is amazing to watch. It's a nice relaxing feel-good video. Enjoy.

The Story of Luly Lang's Journey - Watch that Dress Come Down the Runway!

In this video, Luly Yang talks about her personal decade journey and how she compares here own transformation to that of the monarch butterfly's.

Look at What this Woman has Done - "Butterfly Girl"

image credit - "Butterfly Girl" photo by Rainer Hungershausen
image credit - "Butterfly Girl" photo by Rainer Hungershausen

I love this photo. It makes me smile.

I know I would like this woman upon meeting her. I think there would be more love in the world if we all wore wings. -eheh :)

I believe this woman may have been out promoting the upcoming fashion show, although, I'm not positive. Nonetheless, she looks great in her wings!

Monarch Wings for Your Little Butterfly Girl

Wings are so whimsical and magical, and little girls are very attracted to them. Imagine your little butterfly girl frolicking around the house in this pair. :)

Another Fashion Forward Butterfly Dress by Luly Yang

- the gown of fairy tales inspired by the beautiful dreamy blue morpho butterfly

I simply just cannot stop looking at this dress. It's a fairytale gown, and I'm in love with it.

This dress is also one of Luly Yang's designs. It's a captivating dreamy evening gown. It's the Blue Morpho Monarch Couture Gown.

Ms. Yang has drawn from the beauty of another butterfly, a butterfly that is one of my favorites, The Blue Morpho Butterfly.

Blue morpho butterflies are iridescent and are accompanied by several species and subspecies. I'll show you a blue morpho butterfly below. If you're seeing this butterfly for the first time, I feel you are in for a real treat. For me, it's difficult to stop watching them, and It's such a wonderful surprise to find such beauty! ..........to find it in this dress almost made me fall over! I just had to know, "Who made this dress!?"

image source - photo by By Josoroma José Pablo Orozco Marín
image source - photo by By Josoroma José Pablo Orozco Marín

Introducing The Blue Morpho Butterfly

I have loved this butterfly and it's similar cousins since I was 16 years old. It's been well over 20 years, and I still remember my introduction to this iridescent strikingly beautiful butterfly.

At 16 I had my first Internship at the National Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. I interned at the "Insect Zoo," which is an actual zoo within the museum featuring not only live insects but also many live arthropods as well. My job was to care for these animals, give public feeding and handling demonstrations, and interact with the public.

Before work in the morning while the museum was still closed to the public, I would wander the halls and marvel at all of the exhibits. It was a wonderful experience that I am truly grateful for. One of the exhibits I went to regularly was small and showcased Nature's Beauty. In a large glass display box were these Morphidae and other iridescent butterflies. I could hardly believe something like these existed in Nature.

So, for me to come across an evening fairytale gown inspired by these amazing butterflies... well...I almost fell over!

If you'd like to read about my encounter with living blue morpho butterflies for the first time or if you simply adore these flashy, beautiful creatures as I do, you may do so here. It's another article I wrote titled, "My Trip the Butterfly Conservatory at the Boston Museum of Science."

Blue Morpho Butterfly Necklace

- exquisite!

These are real butterfly wings by a blue morpho butterfly. (Don't fret - The butterfly gets to live out its whole life span in a natural butterfly habitat.

  • You can not tell by the photo, but the wings in the necklace pictured are iridescent and will shimmer.

Which do You Prefer?

Which Luly Yang Monarch Dress is Your Favorite?

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image credit - shop window photo by Rebecca-Lee
image credit - shop window photo by Rebecca-Lee

So, Where Can I Buy These Dresses?

These two lovely monarch dresses aren't as easy to come by, but if you absolutely have to have one of them, you can begin your consultation and get on the waiting list.

If you're local to the downtown Seattle, Washington area, you may stop in Luly Yang's shop. Many have stopped in just to say hello and get a glimpse of Luly's iconic monarch dress in person.

The address for the shop is: 1218 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

By phone, you can reach the shop at: (206) 623-8200

Hours of Operation are: Open 10AM - 6PM Daily, Closed on Sundays and Mondays

If you're not local to Seattle, you may visit Luly's website: www.lulyyang.com

New! Summer 2104 Black and White Summer Dress with Blue Morpho Butterfly - super affordable for everyone

-not a Luly Yang, but very pretty and super affordable for everyone

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      Ibidii 

      4 years ago

      I love the Iridescent Blue Morpho butterfly, it is my favorite! I will have to settle for the shirt with the Blue Morpho as I would not fit into that dress. Great lens and when I go to Washington later this year for family reunion I will show that dress to my kids and grandkids! Great lens!

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      C A Chancellor 

      4 years ago from US/TN

      Wow! I think a lot of high fashion is just silly, but these butterfly dresses are really inspired.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      You know, I often think the fashion world has gone bonkers in its pursuit of creating something different, but Luly Wang has pulled it off magnificently. If I were young, I would crave her designs. In fact, if she ever decides to design for fat, little old ladies, count me in! I would love to see what she comes up with next, and I hope she never stops using Nature as her inspiration. Thank you for introducing me to her work. She is a true artist.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      love these photos - and I want that butterfly dress, just to watch my family's jaw drop as I enter the room - and the comments I would get would be hilarious - for that along I want that dress!

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @anonymous: Yes, butterflies are beautiful and hold much symbolism. Thank you for reading my article.

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @MariannesWhims: Thank you, and it wouldn't have happened without you!

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @tonyleather: Yes, and thank you regarding the purple star.

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @GrammieOlivia: Thank you for reading my article :) I was very excited to share these two gowns with others.

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      GrammieOlivia 

      4 years ago

      Wow! gorgeous is the word! From experience I know how much work goes into something like this........congrats on the purple star and this lovely lens.

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      tonyleather 

      4 years ago

      These are stunning creations, and the Purple Star was well deserved!

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      Marianne Gardner 

      4 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Congratulations on the well deserved Purple Star Award.

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      Marianne Gardner 

      4 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Congratulations on your Purple Star.

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      Marianne Gardner 

      4 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Awesome lens. These gowns are gorgeous- - A piece of art- -So beautifully designed. Loved to see them modeled here. Nice way of twining your experience and knowledge of butterflies into this fashion dress lens. It made it doubly interesting.

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @MariannesWhims: Hello and kindly thank you :)

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @anonymous: Yes, I can surely see you in this dress! -both of them :)

    • MelanieKaren profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @anonymous: thank you so much :)

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @marktplaatsshop: HI, I'm glad you like the footage I found. Thank you for reading my article. You should know that these butterflies are not killed for their wings. They live out their whole life-span very comfortably.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Wowzers....how absolutely enchanting...you are doing Luly Wang proud here for sure....beautifully presented and I smiled my way through! :)

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      marktplaatsshop 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for liking and visiting my lens on the animal cruelty, the footage of the monarch butterfly is as you wrote realaxing and so beautiful can nature be

      I am sorry too see you try selling real butterfly wing earrings.

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @TonyR2012: hello, and you are welcome! :)

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @iwrite100: thank you!

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @takkhisa: Yes they are, and thank you for having a look!

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      Torrs13 

      5 years ago

      What a unique dress! I wouldn't have any occasion to wear it to, but if I did, I'd wear it!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Someone posted that picture on my Facebook wall just recently...saying how they knew I would love it!

      They were right!!!

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      TonyR2012 

      5 years ago

      Wow! These are incredible and beautiful. Amazing designs. Thank you for this beautiful lens!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Always thought Monarch Butterflies are a great design inspiration.

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      Maribel Forayo 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Fabulous item you have here. I featured you in my lens entitled spring fashion- butterflies and flowers

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      Takkhis 

      5 years ago

      What a great spring season lens! The dresses are very colorful just like a butterfly! :)

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @flashkid: hello and thank you for stopping by this lens :) Unfortunately, there is not. However, I have come across other adorable butterfly dresses and costumes for little girls. I'll be adding those modules today.

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      flashkid 

      5 years ago

      Is this available in smaller size for little girls? It would be a wonderful birthday dress for a little princess

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