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. (more…)