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Ratava's Line: Emergent Learning and Design Using Collaborative Virtual Worlds
Thursday, 11:30 - 11:45 am
Room 502B

Ratava's Line is an online 3D virtual-world fashion and interactive narrative project created collaboratively at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver using emergent, collaborative 2D and 3D systems. This distance-learning project, culminating in an online event in multiple remote locations, integrated three key design elements:

  • Translation of original 2D fashion designs from FIT students into 3D avatar space.

  • Exhibits of artwork by student and professional artists from New York and Vancouver in virtual galleries.

  • Creation of an interactive narrative "fashion cyber-mystery" for online users to experience and solve in a culminating, cyber-physical event.
The overall project goal was to explore how online collaboration systems and virtual environments can be used for distance learning, fashion and virtual-worlds design, development of new marketing tools including virtual portfolios, and creation of cross-cultural online and physical events.

Steve DiPaola
Simon Fraser University

Daria Dorosh
Fashion Institute of Technology

Galen Brandt
Digital Space Commons

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