We are pleased to introduce the Fashion Research Institute campus for fashion design education on the ScienceSim. The campus spreads across 9 regions, including the original historical build Shengri La™ Spirit. Fashion Research Institute’s “3-D website” is located at Shengri La Spirit 01, and incorporates a welcome center with an avatar customization salon and information about the Fashion Research Institute and its activities. We are particularly pleased with our ‘3D Website’ which has now been instantiated into two grids, IBM’s vBusiness grid and now the ScienceSim grid, both installations were performed flawlessly. Maintaining these two grid installations is remarkably easy, since the original region file is maintained on our private Fashionable Grid™. Changes to the region are seamless, with the region’s OAR file being uploaded to the various grids where it is present.
Fashion Research Institute has also incorporated its Library of content creation tutorials and references into the campus. The Library is contained on its own region, Shengri La Spirit 02, and is currently hosting a fashion exhibit about Edwardian men’s neckwear. An array of art and design examples using virtual worlds are included in several other regions, which may be freely visited.
An additional two regions are reserved for the upcoming Threading the Needle conference for fashion design students. Threading the Needle is the first ever virtual worlds-based fashion design conference, which is being presented for fashion design students to attend free of charge. Such notables as Fiona Jenvey, (CEO, Mudpie), Beth Harris (Director of Digital Learning, MOMA NYC), and Kerry Bannigan (CEO, Nolcha Fashion Week) will be presenting to students logging in from around the world.
Fashion Research Institute’s campus for fashion design education may be freely visited in the ScienceSim grid, where all regions are publicly accessible. Simply log in and locate the Shengri La Spirit regions in the world map. Please note the spelling “Shengri La”, which is our trademarked region name which labels all of our regions in all grids.
We would like to thank the Intel Corporation for hosting and hardware provided to Fashion Research Institute as part of our research collaboration with Intel Labs. We would also like to thank Mic Bowman and coworkers for their efforts in managing our OpenSim-based regions on the ScienceSim grid. We are pleased to continue our research into innovative methods for educating fashion designers for both the $1.7 trillion apparel industry and the emerging niche market of virtua designers.