To many people, including myself, a designer’s creations are a form of art. The successful ones are every bit as creative and innovative as those we all consider artists. Second Life offers many people the opportunity to express their creative flair through the medium of clothing design. With possibilities here not available in the real world, this is truly a place where art and fashion collide. One designer in particular has brought the worlds of art and fashion together in a very innovative way. I expect that many of you know her already, but for those of who don’t, her name is Thera Taurog. Her shop is called Lady Thera’s and many of her designs are based on the paintings of the great masters, such as Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne. Not only does she use the paintings as inspiration for the textures, I think she does a wonderful job of capturing the thematic spirit of each in the overall design as well.
Above are two diaphanous dresses, Paul Jenkins’ Diamond and Monet’s Poppy Field. Diamond has a similar colors and an abstract pattern consistent with the famous painting. The hemline is raised in the front suggestive of the non-conformity associated with abstract art and the movement of the skirt induces the watcher to see many things. With eight prim parts, the wearer has a number of optional looks. The skirt has two prim layers. There is a prim scarf and prim shoulder puffs. Finally three sheer lace prim accents around the bodice. Shown here with the short pants options, it also has long pants for a more modest coverage of the legs. Monet’s field of flowers is evident in the texture of the Poppy Field dress. The skirt, which is made of a system skirt and two prim parts, appears to be made of the flower’s stems and moves as if blowing in a gentle breeze. The jacket can be removed to show the strapless bodice. The evening length gloves end at the wrist and have lace prim cuffs at the top.
The fun and flirty Kandinsky, on the right, is a very colorful abstract design full o fmany shapes in keeping with Kandinsky’s style. This dress has 4 skirt options but I chose to show the miniskirt one here because many of Kandinsky’s works suggest a carefree attitude to me. Since people often see abstracts differently, Thera has included a mid-thigh length system skirt with an uneven hem, a single layer mid-thigh length prim skirt and a double layered knee-length prim skirt. The black wrist gloves seen are included. Dazzling Adele reproduces the dress worn in Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. The textures of the long system skirt and open back bodice blend excellently. Three flexi-prims make up the sheer draped lace on the back and upper arms. A prim scarf and sparkling gloves complete the ensemble.
Finally, the beautiful and versatile Degas Etoile. The skirt design and bodice texturing capture both the color scheme and spirit of the painting. The skirt options range from the short ballerina skirt to the full ankle-length gown with a knee length option in between. All of them evoke images of the ballet or ballerinas. The full-length gown can be worn as just the base gown for a whiter display or with the sheer brown toned compliment skirt to match the coloration of the upper bodice. As with many of Thera’s dresses, this one includes gloves with prim lace cuffs.
Thera has many more beautiful dresses and even some men’s fashions that I would love to show you, but for time and space available. You’ll just have to stop by one of her stores if you’d like to see more. The experience is not unlike visiting an art museum, but now you get to not only take the art home with you but wear it also. Thera even includes an unframed print of the painting that inspired the design with many of her outfits. For anyone that loves art and appreciates quality and creative fashion, a trip to Lady Thera’s will be fulfilling on both levels.