Costume Modeling at the Nevada Museum of Art

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:


  • Anne Elizabeth

    November 23, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    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…)

  • Mackin-Art

    November 23, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    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.

  • Lauren Stowell

    November 24, 2010 at 5:43 AM

    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 🙂

  • Anonymous

    November 27, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    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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