Fantasy is a popular genre in today’s works of fiction. Many credit J. R. R. Tolkien for popularizing it through his Lord of the Rings trilogy, and many more have followed. Authors such as Katherine Kurtz, Terry Brooks, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan and a host of others have added their own interpretations. Although each one has a unique style and have developed different worlds in which their novels take place, there are some commonalities as well. It’s common for the stories to take place in societies where magic substitutes for technology and the characters have unnatural abilities. Often other types of races or creatures are included. The fashions of such works are often derived from earlier ages of the real world. Mostly from eras in which magic and other-worldly creatures were more commonly believed in. There is a romanticism associated with these times that draws many to these novels and the manner of dress from Medieval and Renaissance times just seems to fit so well.
Second Life offers us the chance to experience worlds of this type in a way previously unavailable to us. There have been many sims and role play groups created to reflect or pay homage to popular works of fantasy. Naturally, designers make these places all the more rich by offering the styles required. 3star Tyne of 3star Design is one such designer. Many of her gowns are created in Medieval style. Below are two examples, her Fairytale Gown in the Gold Court option and Roses Roses.
The corset style bodice of the Court Gown has front lacing and prim cap sleeves. The texture has a gemstone at the cleavage and two prim stones are included as options. The corset portion is on the jacket layer and can be removed for a more comfortable look. This gown can be worn with or without the intricate flexi-prim sleeves parts. Shown here with the veiled circlet there is also a plain circlet included. The flexi-prim skirts come in two lengths to fit both tall and short avatars. Prim ruffles at the waist and a prim collar add detail. It’s easy to see where Roses Roses gets it’s name. This dress is textured with a wonderful rose pattern and a wreath of roses at the waist. The rose circlet for the head has the plain version shown and one with long streaming ribbons in many colors. There is even a prim rose adornment at the cleavage. The bodice can be worn as shown or without the red sleeves in a sleeveless version. Another option is as a full red top without the rose patterned part.
In addition to making traditional clothes for this genre, 3star Tyne also demonstrates her imagination and creativity through her fantastical creations. Two of these designs are depicted below. On the left is Glass House Mary, a winged outfit made from shattered stained glass. The prim wings are large skeletal panes of stained glass with a few glass shards still clinging to them. The bra and flexi-prim skirt are textured as stained glass, thankfully intact enough for modesty. Two flexi-prim shoulder attachments appear to be trails of shards and it even includes a poofer that creates a periodic shower of glass.
Bone Mage, on the right, is another example of the extent to which her imagination can go. I don’t have a clue as to where one would wear an outfit made entirely of bones but it is imaginative to say the least. The top can be worn as is or as the individual layers, the pasties being separate and on the underwear layer. This creative set includes two prim skirts that can be worn together or individually, The prim collar has the option of being worn with or without the flowing ladders that are seen in the photo. There are bone adornments on the arms, a bone crown, bone shoes and even bone panties (ouch!).
Second Life is a wonderful place for fantasies as it allows for people’s imagination to be brought to life. Many of 3star’s designs couldn’t be made in real life, but that’s the point. Living in a fantasy is about doing and experiencing the fantastical and we owe the people who make this possible our gratitude. So if you have the desire to participate in or even visit any of the many realms created here, stop by 3star Designs to see what is offered. You may just find that bone panties aren’t all that uncomfortable afterall.