“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
– Rabindranath Tagore.
Every designer has a first memorable creation, a first real client. There were many projects before the Butterfly Dress, but through the years, this is the one that stands out in memory among my many first projects. My dear friend, Dianne, commissioned a dress for her wedding rehearsal dinner, and gave Myunji full creative freedom. This kind of trust is a big deal for a designer just starting out with her journey. I’ve always held a fascination with haute couture – beautiful hand crafted embellishments, each perfectly placed and painstakingly hand-stitched, and the Butterfly Dress is my first venture into the world of meticulous design and construction. Dianne’s Butterfly Dress took about three months, a few spools of gold thread and many a butterfly to make. The dress is a pale yellow layered organza, hand stitched with gold appliques. Each skirt tier has been stitched with cut-outs of a gold mesh – a subtle and dainty hem design, the background foliage if you will. The butterflies, ready to take flight, form a cascade on the dress.