by Jin Lovelace, HSM filmmaker
BONZO’s article on how Zoot Suits are more than just suits — expanding beyond the fashion itself by exploring its history — helped inspiration this presentation of the Mandarin (Qipao) and the Muumuu Dresses by Granzella.
To my understanding, not many are aware of how certain items bring true cultural experience to the Home community. One fine example is how most would traverse over to other regional Home servers to enjoy such items, with Japan being the primary example. This has been a common practice for many, and something that I haven’t gotten into myself quite yet. Most of the items released there I anticipate to be brought over to the North American region at some point in the future.
Such has been the case with the Mandarin and Muumuu Dresses on Home. I didn’t get the chance to spend any money over in Japan simply because I preferred to wait for the SCEA release, and it was very well worth it.
These stunning dresses have a great connection and history behind each detail laced within the gowns. Be it from the high social, upper-class motif of the Qipao (Mandarin Gown), or the subtle nature of the Muumuu Dress, there is something more to these fantastic dresses; they aren’t just $1.99 for nothing.
I recently wrote a detailed article on these pieces over at the Twilight Touch blog. There’s just so much context to these very fashionable pieces of clothing; they are, without a doubt, some of my favorite apparel in Home.
Many thanks to Ruby Princess and Praise-B for helping with the modeling, as well as Tai K. “UPGRADE” Rotan for his amazing music (this particular track is called “Cosmos” — and after you’ve listened to it, it’s easy to see why). And a tip of the hat to BONZO and Helen Xie for their inspiration.
You can find the Muumuu and Mandarin Dresses in the Granzella section under the Threads tab in your Navigation menu on PlayStation Home.