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


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 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.

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Purple Prose Jewelry Installation Today at 7 am


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.

December Events in Shengri La

We have a full calendar of events in or related to our activities in Second Life. 

Kicking it all off, our Emerging Avatar Apparel Designers are participating in the Peace on Earth grid-wide treasure hunt, now through December 31st.  Our designers have all created gifts especially for the hunt, and their work can be found by following the links included in the PoE globes.  Please visit the Shengri La Welcome Area to pick up information about the hunt, to find the Fashion Research Institute’s globe, and to learn more about our activities in Second Life.

Starting December 5th, we will host a special Candy Cane hunt benefiting CRY America.  100 candy canes, each stuffed with fashion, will be hidden on the Shengri La sims.  Candy canes are priced at $25L, all proceeds to benefit CRY America.  Some of the fashion items include gowns from the old Prim & Proper line, jewelry sets, boots, shoes, handbags and much more. 

On Saturday, December 6th from noon to 2 pm slt, Ahuva Heliosense will be hosting a party benefiting CRY America.  FRI is pleased to provide clothing and accessories in support of this activity and we hope that our colleagues and friends will all join us at the Crown and Pearl.


Saturday, December 13th from 6-pm slt, we will hold one of our raves, the Snowflake Rave, on Shengri La.  DJane Qee Nishi will be DJing, dress will be your best interpretation of winter (or snow, or ice, you get to decide). 


December 17th, we will hold not one, but two Ode butterfly hunts.  The Ode hunts are as ever, free to all, and are held from 7 am slt till the butterflies are gone; and from 5 pm slt till the butterflies are gone.  Please note that we close the sims one hour prior to the hunts’ posted start times to allow the butterfly handler to release the butterflies.  If you are present on the sims when we close them, you will be asked to leave the sims so she can perform her work in peace.  Thank you for respecting this request.


On Saturday, December 20th, we will hold a formal ball, Winter’s Majesty, with music provided by Benton Wunderlich.  Chestnut Rau has graciously opened her dance floor in Shengri La Love for this event.  Once again, this is a benefit on behalf of CRY America.  Dress is majestically up to honor the holiday season, and we will have a special outfit for the ladies, designed especially for this event. 

Throughout the season, we invite you all to visit, skate on the several skating areas, ride our free horses, or drive our free carriages.  We have both buckboards and pure white formal carriages with matching white horses, perfectly romantic and perfectly elegant.

We will also have the holiday market in the Welcome Area of Shengri La.  Please visit us to find all your holiday decorating needs fulfilled, and donate to CRY by purchasing any of the lovely items you will find under the trees.

Sysperia Poppy in the Small Gallery on Shengri La

Sysperia Poppy Opens in Shengri La
Sysperia Poppy Opens in Shengri La

The Fashion Research Institute is pleased to host Sysperia Poppy in her exhibit in the Small Gallery on Shengri La.  Exhibit opens Sunday, November 16th, and the artist will be available to discuss her work at her opening from 5-6:30 pm SLT.  Please join us in Shengri La at the Small Gallery for this opening of Ms. Poppy’s work.

Artist’s Statement follows:

This collection ranges from a few favorite works from early 2007 all the way to the most recent of my art pieces.

This is an odd showing for me, as most of my recent shows have been erotic.  So I’ve collected these less on a basis of the evocative  and more on the basis of my own personal evolution in technique and persepective.

I’ve enjoyed putting together these works. I’ve made a conscious effort to showcase a constantly changing style.

I’ve put an emphasis on fashion as it is a dearly loved topic here…I am a fashion fan myself.

As for Art itself, I’ve done dozens of shows, beginning in early 2007. I have adhered blessedly to a fringe following. I have been covered in Exibart and many online publications, including SLNN.

My training is primarily photographic with a fine art touch.  This is why I enjoy not just captures themselves, but the enhancement and transformation of them via digital painting and other means.
I showed in Rinascimento Virtuale Firenze in Florence. Show still presently running.

As for this collection:

Those avatars appearing in these portrait works:

Cellside Unknown, Callipygian Christensen, Vaalith Jinn, Voshie Paine, Subversive Vavoom, Snowflake Chaika, Nova Sakigake and some works are of my own avatar.

The bottom floor is generally recent fashion works and popular ‘glamorous’ portraiting.

The mid level are some personal favorites of mine and does include some abstracted work. The top floor contains a few very recent atmospheric pieces taken on my home sim, Chosen Misery.

Not all are for sale, some have sold out as a limited work.

If you’ve any desire for futher information, I’m always happy to chat about art.

Sysperia Poppy,
Multi-Media Artist
Digital Painter

Gypsy Moon Rave on Shengri La, October 25th


Please join us on Shengri La on Saturday, October 25th for a Gypsy Moon Rave.  DJane Qee Nishi will be laying down the sets for us  from 6-9 pm slt.  Dress is your finest interpretation of the season – Gypsy, lunar, gypsy moon and whatever you feel fits into the theme! 

Please visit Shengri La to pick up a landmark and the usual grab bag of Gypsy Moon goodies. Or, just follow this SLurl to the event. See you there!

Pirate Rave Redux


DJane Qee nishi Raves On!

DJane Qee Nishi Raves On!

A little late, but better than never…images from the Piratical Rave!  Note the truly fantastic tall ships provided by Lia Woodget of the Blackspot Shipyard.  The cannons even fire, which Ravers proceeded to enjoy at great length throughout the evening.  Particle bill as ever, was up, awesome costumes and great conversation, and a truly fantastic set laid down by DJane Qee Nishi.  Thanks to all who came, see you soon!
Ravers Rave On in Shengri La Joy

Ravers Rave On in Shengri La Joy

Flaming Piratical Skulls O' Death!

Flaming Piratical Skulls O Death

Michele Hyacinth, Shengri La Curator

Michele Hyacinth, Shengri La Curator

Cute lil Raver

Cute lil Raver

Awesome Hair...and interesting use of the House of Worth bodice!

Awesome Hair...and interesting use of the House of Worth bodice!

Harper looking Lovely as Ever

Harper looking Lovely as Ever

Various and sundry Ravers

Various and sundry Ravers With quite fab outfits


Ahuva Heliosense raving in her new purchases

Ahuva Heliosense raving in her new purchases

Another interesting costume

Another interesting costume

Tara5 Oh, Catt Gable, and Woodie Burleigh striking a pose

Tara5 Oh, Catt Gable, and Woodie Burleigh striking a pose

The very Awesome Ships provided by Lia Woodget for the Rave

The very Awesome Ships provided by Lia Woodget for the Rave

Full moon over Shengri La Joy and the Tall Ships of Lia Woodget

Full moon over Shengri La Joy and the Tall Ships of Lia Woodget