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.

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