Weird Science – A Tattered Page, Victor Frankenstein, and Second Life

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There’s a new event coming to Second Life, run by some experienced hands.  It’s one of those events that uses a particular theme to inspire the merchants to come up with something relevant, amazing, and literally literary.  It’s A Tattered Page [*citation needed].

It looks like this event will occur a few times a year, with each theme focusing on one amazing book that everyone should read at least once in their lives.  We will be off and running with Mary Wollstoncraft Shelley’s original mad scientist epic, Frankenstein.  This is not about the movie adaptations, TV shows, cliff’s notes, or even the Abbott and Costello/Boris Karloff Halloween mask.  This is the book that started it all; a short rollercoaster of a novel about a man, his obsession, and a creature.  Anyone involved in the event who hasn’t read it has to read it.  Yep, we have homework!

This is an in-store event, so all items will be sold in individual stores with at least one exclusive item that you can only get during the event.

This one’s right up my alley, since I love to make historic clothing.  What I wasn’t prepared for was the fact that the book is set in the late 1700s.  Okay, I tell a slight lie.  I kind of knew.  I also love, love, love making that stuff.  This is also a great opportunity to expand my mesh clothing line to include female clothing items.  I won’t lie:  It’s been a little scary to try making women’s clothing.  Now that I have, it seems I did okay.

So here’s a sneak preview of the two items I will be debuting for the event…

Let’s talk about the Elizabeth gown.

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This lovely number will be available in ten colors and five sizes.  It’s a casual (for the time) gown, circa 1790, modeled by the beautiful Misha Selene.  There’s a demo available, of course, and it will cost 250L.  The exclusive color is called “Blood”, and is a gown resplendent in black and red.

Elizabeth Lavenza was the love interest for Victor Frankenstein.  She was adopted as a young girl by Victor’s parents, and raised as a “cousin” figure.  She was beautiful, and gentle.

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The other item being offered for this event is a later style, perhaps very early 1800s, suit.  It will be available in seven colors, and five sizes.  It is a rigged mesh suit with unrigged top hat, cravat and shoes.  There is a demo available.  There will be an exclusive color for this one as well, but it’s still being decided which one.  More than likely there will be an eighth color added just for the event.

A Tattered Page begins November 7, and these items will be available at Avatar Bizarre at that time.

If It Ain’t Baroque, Don’t Fix It

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People say that fashion trends repeat themselves, but apart from a bit of 60’s style Austin Powers Mod, I have yet to see a full blown men’s 18th Century suit sitting on the racks at Macys.  It’s a shame, really, because some of the stuff from the Prince Regent era was pretty stunning, what with the hand-sewn brocade, glittery baubles, lace, and silk stockings strutting around all over the place.  The 18th Century was a spectacular time for the Aristocracy (not so much for the proles), and not only brought us charming music from the likes of Mozart, but also gave us our first real glimpse of Baroque celebrity.  We thrilled to see Prince George parading around in his finery.  We cheered for William Pitt, the Younger.  And if Edmund Blackadder had really lived, we’d have sarcastically mocked the whole gambit while getting a slap of tea at Mrs. Miggins’ pie shop.

With the advent of mesh (meaning I’ve finally mastered the Evil that is Blender), it’s time to unveil the Prince Regent suit from Avatar Bizarre!

The Deuce, you say!
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The Prince Regent is 100% original (mostly) rigged mesh.  It’s available in eight different colors, and includes several options for wear.

  • Frock coat only
    Each set includes a frock coat you can wear by itself.  It’s made a bit on the larger side so it fits over other things.  You can mix and match and figure out what works best.
  • Waistcoat and shirt only
    Included in every suit is a waistcoat and shirt that were built to be worn separate of the coat.
  • Frock coat, waistcoat and shirt
    This is a set that works using alphas to mask out the shirt sleeves and the back of the waistcoat so neither will poke through your frock coat.

Of course, you also get the pants, stockings with shoes, an unrigged cravat, and unrigged tricorn.  Oh, and the ISO 900 alpha layer to hide some of your bits.

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As always, please try the demo before you buy this outfit.  Available on the Marketplace and inworld at my main store location.

I’m a Poet and Didn’t Know It!

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There once was a man from Tortuga
Who rode on the back of a beluga
He couldn’t stay long
As he sang his song
And sounded notes on his rusty tuba

Okay, so I’m not much of a poet, but I can show you a fantastic new suit from Avatar Bizarre. 

The Poet Hawthorne is a classic casual ensemble from the 18th Century, and would wear well for Pirates, Poets, possibly some small urchins on the streets of Tortuga, and any other Regency era prole.  After all, not everyone is Royalty.  Heck, who wants to dress up all the time anyway?

The Poet Hawthorne is 100% original mesh (apart from the system layer stockings), and comes in several colors.  The white shirt is covered by an unbuttoned waistcoat, and the pants are loose at the knees.  The whole outfit is finished off with a pair of white stockings and a pair of unrigged mesh shoes, which can be resized as needed.

Available inworld and on the Marketplace.

What ho! Tis a Rogue Swashbuckler!

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Stand and deliver, indeed!  Here comes the Swashbuckler, decked out in daggers and plumed hat to save the day.  Or is he?

This outfit has rigged mesh sleeves, which fit just about everyone!  They’ve been tested on male and female avatars, long and short arms, and they’ve passed the test with flying colors.  If you want to wear mesh, but don’t, because most full mesh outfits require you to change your shape, look no further.  This one is guaranteed to fit.  As the shirt and vest are system layers, you don’t have to worry about wearing an upper body alpha that may or may not cover all your bits.

Complete with the plumed hat, boots, boots alpha, leather pants, vest, shirt, sleeves, and collar, you will be sure to make the ladies swoon (or the gentlemen, if you prefer).  If any scalawag threatens your person, you are also provided with a set of daggers, worn on the legs.

Available in six colors, you can buy this on the marketplace and at Avatar Bizarre inworld.

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Just for good measure, both daggers are not only copy/modify, but they contain a removable resizer script.  Please make a copy before attempting to modify, yadda yadda.