“Our dreams are a second life.” ~Gerard de Nerval
By Cat Boccaccio.
I love fashion and dress up In Second Life (and I know you do too), so I was looking forward to the final cut of Draxtor Despres’ interview with Elie Spot, co-founder and proprietor of the Mayfair shops, Mon Tissu and Celoe. While it is fascinating to take a peek behind the scenes of one of Second Life’s most successful fashion houses, a main takeaway for me from Draxtor’s latest World Maker machinima is the observation of its subject, Elie Spot, who is puzzled at the popular misconception that virtual world denizens are “hiding” and somehow socially inept. She finds it strange and disconcerting that such generalizations are projected onto a “whole culture of people” who happen to converse and interact online.
Fashion diva Elie Spot’s RL avatar, Tiffany Mitchell, has a robust, active and creative life in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a beautiful and successful business person in both worlds, hardly a troll sitting in front of a flickering computer screen in a darkened basement.
She discovered SL when she was 19, and a busy college calendar left little room for creative outlet. Her first visits to Second Life were “mind boggling”, both because of the immediate connections with people from different places and cultures, and the fact that SL is a place where “anyone can create anything.”
Elie’s passion and imagination helped her build unique SL fashion brands with a global audience, an endeavour which has become her main source of income. This success seems to have leaked into her RL, providing the momentum to begin new and creative enterprises. Her view is that Second Life “intermeshes and mingles so well with your real life that it’s not this or that, it’s both.”
Draxtor’s World Maker series spotlights the movers and shakers in Second Life, but I believe his ultimate goal is to share the passion for this virtual world that he, the “World Makers”, and many of us everyday explorers and residents of Second Life share. Elie Spot is right, we can be and do what we choose. The opportunies for growth in Second Life are endless. The opportunities to relax and spend time away from the stresses of RL are endless too.
As Elie says, “There is room for everyone.”
Visit Mayfair in Second Life.