Depending on where you are in the world, dragonflies represent different meanings. If you find yourself trekking in Europe, dragonflies are often seen as sinister, even possessed by the devil. For some North American Native tribes, they represent swiftness and activity. As a hobby in the US, they are captured, studied and often released back into the wild similar to butterfly study.
I prefer the Japanese attitude towards them. In Japan, dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness often appearing in art, literature and particularly haiku. The love for dragonflies is reflected in the fact that there are traditional names for almost all of the 200 species of dragonflies found in and around Japan.
That's why I love this dragonfly dress, recently made for our Creative Vintage line. A more modern style, but with the vintage appeal of symbolic dragonflies.
Now available $115 at Some Like it Vintage.com