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Friday 15 October 2010

Tux redux

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Here's a look at the modern evening wear items all worn together. I have added this ensemble to the Suggested Combinations page.

The key to putting together an outfit in Blue Mars (at the time of writing) is adjusting the relative position of the garments in the clothing hierarchy, so that the inner clothing does not appear through the outer clothing. To the right is a partial screendump showing how I have arranged this outfit. The first point to note is that the jacket and trousers (marked B) are kept far apart, so that they glitch as little as possible, across the widest range of animations. There are two provisos to this, however. Shoes must be placed closer to the body than the pants, as one might expect. Secondly, the bow tie must be placed further from the body than the jacket. This is so that its wings appear to rest above the lapels. If the bow tie were made part of the shirt (which must, obviously, be placed closer to the body than the jacket) then the tie would appear to dip beneath the lapels in a very unrealistic way. That is the reason for keeping shirt and tie as separate garments, and the reason why the tie is defined as an outer garment. You may need to remember that when you go looking for it in inventory.

The spaces between the trousers and jacket are where everything else needs to go - hair, shirt, hat, gloves, etc. In this example, only my shirt and hair are there.

It certainly pays to become adept at arranging your Blue Mars clothing. This system is not just a good way to minimise glitching, it also offers greater flexibility when putting together outfits from multiple developers.

Saturday 9 October 2010

A modern take on evening wear

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Although 'modern' refers to a look that was more prevalent fifty years ago than today, today I release an outfit in four parts: dinner jacket, trousers, bow tie and shirt. This is a look popularised in the early James Bond films: white or cream-coloured jacket, white shirt, and contrasting trousers and bow tie. All items are available in my shop in Caledonia, but you may have to look hard for the bow tie. Because of its small size it is quite hard to see, but rest assured it is there in the space below the shirt, and just to the right of the trousers.

There is huge variability in the design of dinner jackets. They can be black or white, single- or double-breasted, have 1, 2, 4, or 6 buttons, have notched, peaked or shawl lapels, be vented or unvented, and even button right-over-left as well as left-over-right. You can see from the picture above just which design decisions I took. Mine is a very simple jacket - pocketless, without buttonhole and with only two buttons, both on the breast and at the cuffs. The buttons are made from a dark polished stone. The bow tie is also simple, an unpatterned black velvet. The trousers are pleated at the front, and have a black braid side stripe running down each leg. The shirt is a close-fitting type, with black studs that match the jacket buttons.

The new clothing system in Blue Mars has made this outfit possible. In earlier days it was necessary to combine jackets, shirts and ties, but they can now be separated, which certainly allows for greater flexibility. Note that the tie can sit over the lapels of the jacket, if it has been positioned that way in the valet system.

Tuesday 10 August 2010

"Savoy" evening wear trousers

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Here is a belated announcement of the second item I uploaded to Blue Mars - evening wear trousers for the "Savoy" outfit.

The trousers are made in two materials - barathea for most parts, and grosgrain for the side stripe. I created both material textures from scratch. The buttons are all individually modelled and textured. The button texture was also created from scratch. Even the backs of the buttons are properly textured. There are altogether seven buttons on the waistband; six for braces and one for the fly. Note also that the fly and side pockets are properly modelled, with recesses.

This level of detail may be too extreme even for Blue Mars, but I hope you will agree that there is a certain aesthetic satisfaction in exploring the realm of the possible.

Monday 2 August 2010

New "Savoy" evening wear ensemble

In my relentless search for a crisp white shirt I have released an upgrade to the "Savoy" evening wear ensemble - jacket, shirt, bow tie and waistcoat.


Those elements of this ensemble that are cut from white pique (shirt, bow tie and waistcoat) should now appear a more realistic white under a wider range of lighting conditions than hitherto seen. In particular, they will appear white in the Welcome Area, a place notorious for odd effects. It may now be easier to see that the shirt has a fly front placket.

Thursday 22 July 2010

Evening wear gloves

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I am extremely glad to be able to offer white gloves for evening dress. This is the final essential element of male evening dress and has been a long time coming. These gloves are short, and buttoned at the wrist with a clear crystal button.

It is said that there are two reasons that gentlemen always wear gloves as part of evening dress. The first is as a precaution against leaving marks on ladies' gowns while dancing. The second is that to have direct skin-to-skin contact while dancing would be considered scandalous. Whatever the reason, no gentlemen would ever dream of being without gloves.

Sunday 18 July 2010

The "Duffield" Top Hat


Not all top hats are the same and, as with most clothing, the variations tell a story. The "Duffield" top hat is a more restrained brother to the Ashbourne. It is slightly shorter in the crown, has a straighter and smaller brim, and the sides are less concave. It suits a proper Victorian gentleman more than a Regency dandy club regular.

The product description of the Duffield runs as follows:

"This is an understated top hat, slightly conservative and therefore perfect for Victorian outfits, or gentlemen with sober reputations to protect."

Skilled application of Magellan's Patent Cranial Ordinator has ensured that the Duffield works with all my hair styles.

Wednesday 28 April 2010

Evening wear in detail

If you would first like a brief summary of what constitutes evening wear, as opposed to other forms of formal male dress, please look at this page.

The evening wear outfit I created for Blue Mars is based on three fabrics: barathea, which is used for the base of each black garment, grosgrain, which is used for the dark details and has a ribbed, satiny finish, and pique, a fabric which has a somewhat chequered appearance on close inspection. It is traditional that the tie, shirt and waistcoat are made in white cotton pique.

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Starting at the top, you will see that the shirt is fitted with a stand-up collar. There is a small white bow tie which is properly quite inconspicuous against the shirt and collar. The shirt has a fly-fronted placket, which means that the buttons or studs are hidden beneath a strip or fold of material. If you catch the shirt at the right angle, you will be able to see into the fold, it really is there. The waistcoat is also white, has a collar and rounded lapels, and buttons low across the belly with three cloth-covered buttons.

The evening jacket is a double-breasted open-fronted tailcoat. These jackets are never buttoned; in fact, it would be impossible to button them, such is the cut. The lapels are covered in grosgrain, giving them a shinier appearance than the rest of the jacket. There is a breast pocket on the left. The tails are split down the centre, and each side is pleated, the pleats running vertically down from the buttons on the rear. Each jacket cuff is buttoned, and all buttons are covered in grosgrain, matching the lapels. The trousers are fitted with six tortoiseshell buttons for attaching braces (called suspenders in America) and one button at the fly. They have a recessed fly and side pockets. Evening wear trousers always feature side stripes; in this example the stripe is of grosgrain to match the highlighted parts of the jacket.

The most proper form of footwear for evening wear is a low slip-on known as an opera shoe. This often causes some surprise, as the shoes do rather resemble women's slippers. They are commonly made of very shiny (sometimes patent) leather. In this case the shoes are finished, as are the jacket and trousers, with grosgrain, used in both the edging of the opening, and the bow attached to the toe.

There are two further elements of evening wear that would be considered essential: hat and gloves. The hat would be a silk top hat, and the gloves would be white. No gentleman would be seen outside without his hat on, and no gentleman would ever dance without his gloves. As soon as such garments can be imported into Blue Mars, I shall see to it that they are.

Optional additions to evening wear might be a white tassled silk scarf, and a black opera cape, clasped at the neck, and lined, usually, with white silk. Pending more flexibility in the clothing system presently used in Blue Mars, these items might also see the light of day.

NB: some earlier photographs of my evening wear can be seen in this post.

Saturday 24 April 2010

First evening wear pictures

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Classic evening wear by Mako Magellan. In black: an open-front tailcoat of barathea with grosgrain lapels, trousers of barathea with grosgrain side stripes, silk socks, opera shoes finished in grosgrain. In white: a pique bow tie, a pique shirt, a pique waistcoat. Look out for top hat and gloves soon, too.

This is just a quick pictorial preview, and I shall be covering the evening wear outfit in more detail soon. For now though, these images serve to demonstrate that there is some room for improvement in the posing of avatars (the default walk and idle animations are a touch too insouciant for my tastes). The location I chose for this shoot is a featureless Martian plain covered in regular patterns which would seem to indicate the prior presence of some form of civilisation. One only hopes that it is the kind of civilisation a gentleman feels at home in.