Not only is it my favourite flower, but the Givenchy bird of paradise dress had my heart from day one. When my mother (and 3 of her friends!) bought it, I ooh-ed and aww-ed endlessly, crossing my fingers for an excuse to borrow it. When she instead gifted it to me six months later, I couldn't understand why she would give away such a beauty! She said it suited someone "my age" better (I still think it's nonsense and she looked stunning in it). But, hey, that was fine by me.
It's possibly my favourite piece hanging on my rack - I wear it only for special occasions (in this case, a wedding and once again for drinks in HK's Ritz-Carlton Ozone bar, the highest in Asia), for fear of getting any stain or mark on it. I had the hem lifted slightly to fall just over my knees (because, as we all know, I have quite short legs!), but otherwise it remains in mint condition. Something I'm sure I will keep until I am my mother's age, too.
This dress has long since sold out, but there are some equally exotic options here, here, here and here.