This Elie Tahari embroidered lace dress with patterns of birds and blossoms reminds me of the traditional Chinese painting inspired by the resilience and beauty of nature’s flora and fauna. Chinese poets and artists have over the centuries imbued a variety of plants and animals with auspicious meaning and scholarly virtues. Tradition asserts that bird-and-flower subjects were popular in China as early as the Tang dynasty (618-907). Film scan: @richardphotolab Dress: @elietahari . . . . . .