These amazing insects have always fascinated the public with their wide array of colors, patterns, and shapes, and fashion designers are no exception. As a matter of fact, butterflies have been gracing the runway periodically for years now, from Elsa Schiaparelli’s butterfly adorned blazer and hat in 1947, to Thierry Mugler’s butterfly-winged gown in 1997, to Alexander McQueen’s butterfly infested headgear in 2008. Thanks to the coming of fashion-consumer age of millennials, who grew up with Lisa Frank’s rainbow-colored world, we are seeing a resurgence of 90’s fads which includes the butterfly and all its glory.
The butterfly trend gets a update with bold shades of black and a new sophisticated-take on rainbow brights. Pale shades of pink, purple, and green can stand out on their own or tone-down with deep, grounding shades of blue and black.
Between beautiful colors, luminescent textures, and loose, vivid patterns, there is plenty of inspiration to be drawn from butterflies for fabrication. Try metallic brocades, watercolor-patterned chiffons, and vibrant-hued silks to get that butterfly look.
What do you think of the butterfly trend?
Metallic Royal Blue Floral Double-Layer Organza Brocade, moodfabrics.com
Purple Abstract Printed Crinkled Silk Chiffon, moodfabrics.com
Magenta Solid Silk Faille, moodfabrics.com
Rose Gold and Silver Luxury Metallic Brocade, moodfabrics.com
Woman with butterfly, Niko Riam photographed by Olu Odukoya for Modern Matter Hai, instagram.com. Metallic abstract background, unknown. Pale blue butterfly, thebutterflycompany.com. Green butterfly, meowlogy.com. Deep blue butterfly, fineartamerica.com. Pink butterfly, Roy Goff, nationalmothweek.org. Pantone Smart Swatch, hyatts.com.