Jewels of Winter Student Intern Fashion Installation

Please join us in the Fashion Research Institute’s Shengri La Hope region in Second Life on Monday, December 7th from 7-8 pm ET for the student intern fashion installation for Missy Lavecchia, an undergraduate fashion design student at Buffalo State University.

Missy has been interning with us for the past nine months, and we are proud and honored to present her first solo fashion show.  Missy will be showing formal gowns developed in rich jewel tones in honor of the holiday season.  Her gowns, fittingly enough, will be presented in an opulent winter wonderland of snow and ice.  A dozen gorgeous models and 4 handsome gentlemen callers will showcase Missy’s romantic gowns in a tableaux befitting the set.

Please join us on Monday December 7th, at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT in Shengri La Second Life to celebrate the outstanding work of this star performer as her models show her work with aplomb.

Threading the Needle: The Future of Fashion Design Conference

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New York, NY:  October 27, 2009 Threading the Needle: The Future of Fashion Design Conference

Fashion Research Institute  invites you to attend Threading the Needle: The Future of Fashion Design, the first virtual world-based fashion design conference in history.

Fashion design is changing rapidly in response to many factors. The recent economic collapse, coupled with a coming petroleum crisis and a wave of new technologies with a global emphasis have sent ripples through the industry.  Young designers and design students are faced with an array of choices for their careers, many of which weren’t even an option a few years ago.

Threading the Needle gathers eight fashion industry thought leaders to present their views on a range of topics designed to help a global audience of new designers and fashion designers ‘thread their needle’ and launch their careers.  And as anyone who has ever had hand sewn a hem knows, there is a trick to threading a needle.  Please join us on Thursday, December 3rd from 8 am – 5 pm EDT at this free conference for fashion design students and new designers.

Conference speakers include Kerry Bannigan (CEO, Nolcha Fashion Week); Fiona Jenvey (CEO, Mudpie); Beth Harris (Director of Digital Learning, MOMA-NYC); Crosby Noricks (Founder, PR Couture); Suzie Norris-Reeves (FHEA, Head of School, Southampton Solent University); Elaine Polvinen (Professor & Coordinator – Fashion Textile Technology, Buffalo State University); Michiel Thissen  (Founder, Mythos Consultancy); Shenlei Winkler (CEO, Fashion Research Institute); Steven Zucker (Dean of Graduate Studies, FIT).

In addition to the presentation track, additional displays will be available for conference attendees to visit.  These include a 3-D trend report, with trend data graciously provided by Mudpie; a virtual fashion installation with fashions created by the Fashion Research Institute’s student interns; booths and displays about programs from other fashion industry organizations; exhibits about fashion history, and even a game developed just for fashion designers!

The trendy conference architecture is being provided by The ARCH Techwork. and hosting and hardware for the event are being graciously provided by Intel Corporation with additional support from Intel Labs.  Threading the Needle is a HASTACA event. The conference is being presented and sponsored by Fashion Research Institute.

The conference is free for all attendees – simply create a user account on the ScienceSim grid at sciencesim.com. Then download the software, and log in. It’s that simple, and both the software and the conference are free.  Attendees will want to log in a little early and customize their avatars, so they feel comfortable with their avatar representation and with the interface.  There are 45 minute orientation sessions which will be provided on November 19th and 26th from 1-2 pm EDT, and November 29 from 9-10 am EDT.  Experienced mentors will be on hand to guide you through the orientation, which takes about 30 minutes, with 15 minutes to customize your avatar.

For more information, please visit http://needlethreading.com/ or contact admin @ fashionresearchinstitute.com.

Purple Prose Jewelry Installation Today at 7 am

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Please join us in Shengri La Hope today for the graduation installation of jewelry Tiffy Vella.

Purple Prose is a showcase of the work of Tiffy Vella, whose unique design vision continues to wow her customers.  Tiffy’s line, Eclectica, has a strong Art Deco influence, with rich detail and delicate colors. She is known for careful attention to detail, and delicate and yet involved design.  All of her jewelry is easily resized, even by relatively inexperienced avatar ausers, necause it’s scripted with resizing scripts.  Most of her sets come with an array of pieces, including multiple earring  and necklace length choices.

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 7 am PT/10 am ET, in our Shengri La Hope region.