Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style
If you've ever wanted to know the difference between a pleat and a pintuck, there's a new project by a group of experienced SL fashion bloggers that might be worth your time. The A to Z of Fashion Writing, a blog spearheaded by Cajsa Lilliehook among others, aims to inform fellow fashionistas and bloggers alike with illustrated lessons on crucial fashion vocabulary. Why is a solid fashion vocab so vital even when all the items in question are virtual? Well...
While I'll agree that while a great deal of hyper-technical fashion terminology may apply to virtual fashion in only a handful of cases (think stitching and fabric weight) there are few things that make a blogger seem more ignorant than when they use incorrect terminology... Or none at all.
Take the collar diagram above. Now imagine a blogger talking about a virtual garment, and saying "the dart" or even "the dippy-inny part of the collar" when they mean to say "the notch". Having the right words at your disposal is one of the most important things for a blogger with any intention of writing, rather than relying on the pictures-only post format that is, quite frankly, wearing a bit thin.
The blog also offers a taste of history in some of its entries so far. I'm hoping that Cajsa and crew will eventually include some digital terminology -- words like "baking" and "skeleton" for example. A solid tech vocabulary is just as important as a fashionable one if you want to have a good grasp of the pixels and polygons in your petticoat.
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Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart, Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.