Iris Wants To Know: Where Have All The Virtual Gowns Gone?
One of the most recognizable Second Life stereotypes is a female avatar with red lips, smokey eyeshadow, and one hell of a space-devouring ballgown envelloping her. I used to see these gowns all over the place, in stores and on avatars, sources of ire at events... But these days it seems like the craze has died down, or died off completely.
Obviously gowns are still being made and sold and certainly worn, but I feel like I don't see them out and about as often as I used to. It seemed like there were some people who wore nothing but gowns, but now the big gripe at an event will usually be the person wearing the high-poly accessories more than the girl in the obscenely broad gown.
Of course I could very well be wrong; I was never all that into gowns, so the friends I made and places I began frequenting usually weren't either. Maybe at this point I'm just on the wrong side of the whole equation to know for sure. Still, I'm a little fascinated with the idea of ballgowns being some of the most prominent fashion items available in a fledgling (at the time) virtual world, whether they're still in vogue for some or not.
So that's why I want to hear from you. Are you in recovery from your crinoline habit, or do you simply save it for certain occasions? Were you (or are you) a ballgown-groupie, or do you know someone who was? Is the scene in sharp decline, or is it as strong as ever? I'm dying to know the story behind the rise (and fall?) of these virtual dresses.
(Picture courtesy of LC fashion on the SL Marketplace)
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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.