Costume Modeling at the Nevada Museum of Art

Nov 23, 2010 9 comments

I was very lucky to be invited to model my latest 18th c. outfit for a painting and drawing class at the Nevada Museum of Art, thanks to Lady Carolyn, who recommended me to the instructor.  I put together the casaquin and walking skirt with my Fugawee shoes, hedgehog wig, and a ribbon at the neck (which somehow seems to top the whole thing off).

It was quite an experience!  We did one 3-hour pose, with short breaks every 25 minutes, and I learned that it is a bad idea to take a pose where any appendage is likely to lose blood and fall asleep.  Tingly fingers, but it looked nice, right?

I was really amazed with the paintings and drawings.  I couldn't believe what the artists accomplished in only 3 hours!  Here are some photos from the night:


  1. Highly impressive! I applaud to these artists. They captured you really well in such a short time. And I like their lively styles.

    Also, I am happy that they allowed you to model in costume. Historism and realism are so ridiculed in today's world of art - you know, as being naive or conservative - that it is quite refreshing that these students weren't pushed into doing expressionist still lives instead. (Which I hated doing when they forced us at school...)

  2. Wow! What fun, and what a unique opportunity for the artists. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. I've done this before, in both 1860's and Edwardian clothing - you do need to be careful when picking a pose!

    Love your outfit and the various interpretations of the artists.

  4. Talented artists! And yes posing is hard work!

  5. That is so cool! Love your outfit and all the portraits of you are so cool too!

  6. Thanks everyone! I'm hoping to pose again for the class, maybe in the Baroque gown, or a new 18th c. somethin' I'm working on :-)

  7. Lauren! You absolutely rocked at that painting session! It was an incredible pleasure to paint you and your impressive clothing! I look forward to the next session!


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