Introducing a New Concept: the ‘3-D Virtual World Website’


Fashion Research Institute is pleased to announce its newest concept in the evolution of virtual worlds for business purposes, the ‘3-D Virtual World Website’.  In conjunction with its new website redesign, FRI has also launched its corporate web site in IBM’s v-Business grid.

By placing its corporate information within a virtual world region, interested parties immerse in a visually lush, rich setting where the company information is presented in context.  Topics are easier to locate and to remember their location when they are sited contextually, and when there are easy to understand ‘data pathways’ in the form of sidewalks and staircases.

Visitors to Fashion Research Institute’s Shengri La vBusiness land at the entry point, with a sweeping sunrise view and quick tips on moving, looking, and touching objects in vBusiness.  They then may start their explorations first at the avatar customization salon, where an array of premium design is available to them to customize their avatar.  Customization is provided for both men and women from the skin out, which is a good way for potential customers to sample FRI’s licensable avatar customization content for other grids.

From there, our visitors may explore our work in our various research areas, our innovative fashion design education programs, and our publications.  Finish your visit to our Shengri La vBusiness region by strolling the art walk, surrounded by swans and horse sculptures. And of course, all visitors to our region in IBM’s vBusiness grid may visit our region to obtain clothing and more for their avatars, which may be used anywhere on the IBM vBusiness grid, as our contribution to the other members  of the vBusiness consortium and their guests.

Please join us on Friday, October 9th, from 2-2:30 pm eastern for the official opening of this region.

Shengri La vBusiness is hosted by Adam Frisby’s and James Stalling’s new venture, SimHost.  We have been delighted with the service we’ve received in getting our new region moved in and set up, and would highly recommend SimHost for anyone seeking a reasonable, fast turnaround hosting option.









Charlot Dickins “By Request” June 20-July 27 in Shengri La Peace

Charlet Dickins in Shengri La Peace

Charlot Dickins will be showing her bespoke sculptured prim sculptures in the Fashion Research Institute’s corporate headquarters in Shengri La Peace.  This show will run from June 20 – July 27.  Artist’s Opening is 5-7 pm SLT, June 20.  Please come meet the artist and see this beautiful new show!  Artist Statement below.

Artist’s Statement:

“Charlot Dickins – by request”  

Charlot Dickins is the virtual alter ego of a really unkown real female person, who was fascinated with 3D for ages, but never could afford a decent software programme to try it out, nor did she see the use of making 3D builds -never to be watched by another eye of another living soul other than the ones she would be able to force-  which would be, moreover, a great burden to her hard disk, that at the time had the size of one Mb. So for the sake of her bank account, a pleasant family life and a longer computer life, she left the 3D dreams where they belonged and forgot about them for a long, long time.

At the sight of the Second Life building tool, the real woman behind Charlot Dickins went wild, the slumbering 3D urge awoke and a process of unchained, neverending and addictive prim twisting and turning had begun. Moreover,  Charlot Dickins does not like short sentences and therefore only writes very long ones, and just like Madcow Cosmos she likes to speak about herself in the third person.

This exhibition only shows sculptures Charlot Dickins made as a commission and gives you the opportunity to see them  in one building, no need to wear out your prim shoes and go and look for them all over SL – if you might happen to detect that strange need deep in your inner self- and  was an idea of, and made possible by, Callipygian Christensen, to whom she expresses her gratefulness. Thanks also go to Shenlei Flasheart of the Fashion Research Institute for providing the location.
 To keep a certain uniformity and prevent the public from thinking that Charlot Dickins is a very unstable minded, mentally disordered and inconsequent avatar, the sculptures that are shown here are made for only three commissioners: Alexandar Vargas, Intlibber Brautigan and Jade Vandyke, to whom she also expresses her gratefulness.
 Last but not least she would like to thank Carlbotd Truss, for giving her the opportunity to build as a very new born avatar and for supporting her building addiction.