“Designing Dreams” Avatar Apparel Graduation Show

Join us as we celebrate the graduation of four avatar apparel designers, Jare Capalini (AU V), Misteria Loon (Pas de Deaux), Xand Nagy (Kicks & Twirls), and Wollemia Sands (Bull & Bear Careerwear) from the six-month long emerging avatar apparel designer program sponsored by the Fashion Research Institute, Inc.

“Designing Dreams” Fashion Installation


Please join us at 7 am PDT on Saturday, May 30, in Fashion Research Institute’s Shengri La estate in Second Life to celebrate the graduation of our first cohort of emerging avatar apparel designers.  Designers Jare Capalini (AU V), Misteria Loon (Pas de Deux), Xand Nagy (Kicks & Twirls), and Wollemia Sands (Bull & Bear) will each show two looks in this specially designed fashion installation in honor of their graduation from the Shengri La Vintage MArketplace program for emerging avatar apparel designers.  The emerging avatar apparel designer program was developed specifically to help avatar apparel designers bring their label to the next level, however they define the next level to be.

These designers have all grown their brands substantially over the last six months, under the mentorship of FRI founder and CEO Shenlei Winkler.  Changes have ranged from creating new logos and rebranding the designers’ labels to presenting fashion shows and installations, and everything in between.  Please join us in applauding these designers with all their hard work at this special show celebrating their graduation.

Last Day of Peace on Earth Hunt…

We participated in the Peace on Earth Grid Wide treasure hunt, and today is the last day to visit the lovely Shengri La sims and collect our offerings.  Two of our designers, Wollemia Sands and Xand Nagy, chose to participate, and of course, Debutante and the Fashion Research Institute also placed globes.

Debutante offers Viva Glam! in black:


The Fashion Research Institute offers Jingle, in Turquoise:


Xand Nagy of Kicks and Twirls has this to say about her offering:

This ensemble, which includes 2 flexi dresses with companion glitch pants (short and long), a skirt, 6 different shirts, a lacey undeshirt, and silk stockings, is based on a texture from a photo of a stained glass window in the Saint Louis Cathedral, the oldest Cathedral in North America, founded as a Catholic Parish in 1720 along the Banks of the Mississippi River in New Orleans. We all know the story and tragedy of New Orleans, and this building has witnessed almost 300 years of that history. While the texture has been modified and abstacted to make an attractive outfit, remember as you wear it the story of the stuggle behind it all.


Wollemia Sands of Bull & Bear Career Wear offers Nicole, a lovely outfit for the professional: