Luly Yang, the Butterfly Girl

By Sara Corceiro | 2013/04/17 - 15:30:21


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Whether you like fashion or not, it's quite possible you've already seen Luly Yang's famous "butterfly" dress. Also called "The Monarch", this silk taffeta look went viral and has been shared through social networks all over the world since it was created in 1999. Initially designed in paper for a benefit show to the Heart Foundation, the dress became so popular that allowed Luly to establish her design studio in the following year. 

The gown actually consists on two separate pieces, a skirt and corset bodice with a very literal Monarch butterfly print. Both adorned with Swarovski crystals, the skirt's hem was cut to resemble the insect's wings and the corset's neckline was completed with black ostrich feathers. Some might say it seems kitsch, over designed or excessively decorated, but it certainly fulfills its role as a statement dreamy gown. 

Today, Luly Yang is an established fashion designer in Seattle, her hometown since she was 10 years old. Mainly working with made to measure cocktail, evening and bridal attire. When she celebrated her 10th career anniversary, a couture collection told her journey, going from those vibrant cocktail color dresses to the clean, white wedding gowns she masterfully creates. The show ended with an openly loud blue butterfly dress, a metamorphosis of the iconic Monarch that will always be her brand. 
The Monarch dress by Luly Yang
The Monarch dress
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Silk crepe wedding gown by Luly Yang
Silk crepe wedding gown in the Seattle Met Bride & Groom, Summer/Fall 2011
Seattle Met Bride & Groom
Ocean collection dress by Luly Yang
Bioluminescent Glow from the Ocean collection, Seattle Bride Magazine, Spring/Summer 2012
Sophie Pangrazzi
Ocean collection dress by Luly Yang
Sea Nymph from the Ocean collection, Seattle Bride Magazine, Spring/Summer 2012
Sophie Pangrazzi
Cliff Hanger cocktail dress by Luly Yang
Cliff Hanger cocktail dress
Andrew Parsons
Glacier bridal gown by Luly Yang
Glacier bridal gown
Andrew Parsons
Sapphire illusion gown by Luly Yang
Sapphire illusion gown
Jenesequa
Bridal gown by Luly Yang
Bridal gown detail shot
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Butterfly dress by Luly Yang
From A Monarch's Tale: The Journey of a Decade couture collection
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Lush dress by Luly Yang
Lush dress from A Monarch's Tale: The Journey of a Decade couture collection
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Tranquil Flight dress by Luly Yang
Tranquil Flight dress from A Monarch's Tale: The Journey of a Decade couture collection
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Blue Morpho Monarch dress by Luly Yang
Blue Morpho Monarch dress from A Monarch's Tale: The Journey of a Decade couture collection
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Luly Yang at the end of the runway show
Luly takes her bow at the end of A Monarch's Tale: The Journey of a Decade couture collection
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