There’s something bewitchingly nostalgic about butterflies. They evoke the sounds of Mariah Carey’s iconic 1997 album while simultaneously conjuring up images of Salma Hayek walking the red carpet adorned with the delicately avian creature. When Billy Porter channeled a super-charged version of Hayek’s aesthetic at the 2020 Critics Choice Awards, his ensemble was celebrated as an ode to the trans community. Butterflies tell the story of metamorphosis; a nod to former versions of ourselves and a sign of how we've grown. This, according to South Asian-American designer Sheena Sood, is exactly why we’ve been seeing it everywhere lately.
I was always told that if a butterfly comes near you or sits on you, it’s a sign of good luck and a blessing.
The motif becomes a reminder of that uniquely beautiful and transformative time in our lives.
I associate them as being a breath of fresh energy, a good omen, a sign that I’m on the right track.
They symbolize strength and fragility simultaneously.