The Butterfly in the Emerald City

The Emerald City

The Emerald City

Hello Friends! I recently made the exciting move to Seattle, that beautiful emerald city surrounded by majestic mountains, unending greenery and vast shimmering waters.  I grew up near this city and have always called it my home even when my address told me otherwise. I often compare my life to that of Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz; Dorothy traveled far and saw many strange things, but always had her eyes set on the Emerald City. Within that glimmering metropolis lay the answer in how to get back home. Much like Dorothy, I have traveled far and wide, seen many strange things and made many an interesting friend, but Seattle always held the answer in how to go home. So, just as Dorothy finally made it back to Kansas, Morgan has finally made it back to Washington. HOORAY! (Also as a side note, I have a dog that looks exactly like Toto…but his name is Petey).

Now that I am fortunate enough to call the greater Seattle area my home once more, I thought I would do some digging into what Seattle has to offer in regards to fashion and fashion designers. Much like any vibrant city, the downtown area has many high-end stores like Coach, Louis Vuitton and my personal favorite, Nordstrom.  But those other cities don’t have Luly Yang.

Born in Taiwan and transplanted to Seattle as a little girl, Luly studied graphic design at the University of Washington and later took a job at an architectural firm. While working at the firm, she participated in a graphical design contest that required the participants to design a garment made of paper. Her entree was a garment patterned after that of a monarch butterfly, complete with a skirt made of wings.

the famous monarch butterfly dress

the famous monarch butterfly dress

Her butterfly creation made Luly realize her true passion; fashion and high couture.  Since making that famous monarch butterfly dress, Luly Yang has expanded her career in fashion design by providing the women of Seattle with custom-made couture that exudes grandeur and sophistication, and maybe a pinch of whimsy. In sharp contrast to the notorious grunge look for which Seattle is known, Luly’s vibrant collections pay homage to the female form and highlights the qualities that make that form so unique. Her custom-made couture gowns and dresses display the range of female attributes in the form of beautifully constructed fabric; innocent, playful, sweet, daring, sensual, dangerous….all of these can be found within her designs. Luly recently partnered with the Fairmont Olympic Hotel where prospective brides and grooms can purchase a event package that not only includes a fabulous venue, but one of Luly’s breathtaking couture gowns. What bride wouldn’t be thrilled to wear a gown designed by a woman who has won the award for Best Custom Dress Designer in the Seattle Bride Magazine seven years in a row?  The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is so excited to have Luly as part of their “Say Yes, and Get the Dress” campaign that they have filled their wall to ceiling front windows with her beautiful designs. I saw them this weekend as I drove through the city; thank goodness I wasn’t driving because I would have surely rear-ended the person in front of me. They were that beautiful.

Luly surrounded by her couture creations

Luly surrounded by her couture creations

I have by no means done justice to the true beauty and master craftsmanship of her work…..I often feel that the proper words I am searching for either don’t exist or my mastery of the english language is sadly lacking. So I can only encourage you to visit her website at Or visit  her boutique in the Fairmont Olympic hotel if you happen to be in town. The Emerald City’s nice this time of year …especially now that this Dorothy has finally made it back to Kansas.

~ Morgan

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