Having threaded our way through New York Fashion week, where CEO Shenlei Winkler spoke about Black Dress Design Studio and the related development of the avatar apparel niche market, we are now pleased to announce our planned fashion events for Autumn 2009.
First, we are pleased to continue to work with our emerging designers, and present their work in innovative ways in our Shengri La Hope region in Second Life. These events enable us to research and prototype new ways of merchandising avatar apparel, with links to our real life colleagues in the apparel industry. We will be presenting three of these events over the next 8 weeks.
Purple Prose is a showcase of jewelry designer Tiffy Vella, whose unique design vision continue to wow her customers. Tiffy has been developing a line heavily influenced by the Art Deco period. An even dozen of her designs will be shown on a dozen gorgeous models at this event, with clothing provided by Debutante. Purple Prose will be held Saturday, October 17th, at 10 am Eastern, in our Shengri La Hope region.
Mainely Men showcases the corporate clothing of Debutante, the Fashion Research Institute’s lab line. A dozen handsome models will present corporate men’s wear in a showcase designed to highlight these garments. Mainely Men will be held Saturday, October 24th, at 7 pm Eastern in the Shengri La Hope region.
Transformation will be held on Saturday, October 7, at 10 am eastern. Transformation showcases the Cocoon line of emerging designer Yoona Mayo, whose unique perspective and delicate touch have created an elegant line of dainty jewelry. Yoona’s work will be presented in a unique interactive display in the Shengri La Hope region.
And of course, our interns will present their work at a final runway show in December, with date and time to be determined.
Departing from Second Life and moving to ScienceSim, Fashion Research Institute will be presenting the first ever virtual worlds-based design conference for fashion design students from design organizations around the world. Threading The Needle will be held Thursday, December 3rd, from 8 am – 5 pm Eastern, with notables such as Beth Harris, Director of Digital Learning at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Fiona Jenvey, CEO of Mudpie, and Elaine Polvinen, Professor of Fashion at Buffalo State University speaking and presenting. This conference will be completely free for design students to attend, and it is aimed at students studying design for the apparel industry. Details to follow, but mark your calendar for this.
Fashion Research Institute will again be presenting its Avatar Apparel courses this fall, with Avatar Apparel being presented from October 27th – November 19th; and two new short courses being offered in October, November and December. Registration opens next week.