When Nephilaine Protagonist dropped me her newest dress for The Muses (one of her little army of mesh shops!), I knew right away what I wanted to do with it. This regal mesh gown combines leather and chain mail for a fierce, warrior-queen look and when I put together the red gown with the black chainmail, it truly looked like something that Visenya Targaryen could have worn.
Yes, once again I am going on about A Song of Ice and Fire (which you may know as Game of Thrones), but that is because Ran and I have spent a rather crazy amount of time in Westeros lately, working on The World of Ice and Fire together with George R.R. Martin himself. Much of that work has concerned the history of House Targaryen since their arrival in Westeros and one of the most fascinating characters from the past is Queen Visenya, one of Aegon the Conqueror’s two sister-wives. She was a warrior and a dragon-rider, a wielder of the Valyrian steel sword Dark Sister. And I am sure she would appreciate the Rainha gown, though I think she would be practical enough to wear something beneath that chain mail. ;) Because there’s nothing royal about chafed nipples.
But, I digress, so back to the gorgeous dress. It combines mesh with clothing layers and provides you with 7 different mesh sizes. The arm prims are not rigged, nor is the collar, so those can be resized and adjusted as you need. The chain mail is on a clothing layer, and you can opt to wear just one layer for a more sheer look or to double up (as I have done) for a more opaque look.
As noted above, this look combines the red dress with the black chainmail, but it looks equally striking in a solid colour.
In the background, you can see the gothic table and chair as well as the brand-new drapery from Rustica. These gorgeous mesh curtains feature some amazing drapery and they are both mod and copy, allowing you to fit them to windows of various sizes. You also get the option of rezzing out a full set, like this, or piecing together the panels and the swags yourself. Also included are curtain rods with a variety of finials and of course the panels are scripted to gather up or to fall open.
The drapery itself is grey scale, allowing you to tint it as a you please, but if that isn’t enough customisation for you, you also get the shadow maps, allowing you to retexture the curtains entirely. I am not sure I am up for that myself, though I’d like to give it a try, and I definitely plan to show these curtains in more detail in another post, including showing the gorgeous lace options.
Back to gown, for a look at one of my favourite features; the chain mail cloak. That is a seriously impressive piece of mesh and I hope it won’t be the last cloak we see in SL.
It is definitely looking as if mesh creators are now getting comfortable enough with their new tools to venture outside of more typical fashion. Obviously, roleplay garb will never be as big as mainstream fashion, but with mesh allowing for so much more than regular prims and sculpties, it does leave room for a lot of creativity. Hopefully there will be more to come; I will certainly be keeping an eye out as that is something I really like to blog.