Venus in Fur

 Venus in Fur

I read an article in the New Yorker about a hot star in a great play on Broadway. Nina Arianda, only 27 years old, is burning up Broadway as Vanda, the star of “Venus in Fur,” a play by David Ives that has been widely acclaimed. Now, I don’t live in NYC nor do I follow the theater world generally, but enough has been written about this that I caught wind, so when my friend went to NY for a weekend, I suggested he see the play. He did so, reluctantly ($125 a head!), but came back telling me it was the best money he spent. All he could do was go on and on about Nina Arianda and the character, Vanda. (He got brilliant seats, by the way—second row—from a last minute cancellation.)

Venus in Fur

I am showing you my version of Vanda, based on Nina Arianda’s interpretation (because really, there IS no other Vanda). Vanda spends a large portion of the play in a corset and stockings. And high heeled boots. (And now you’re no longer wondering why my friend enjoyed the play so much.) The play is about an actress arriving late to audition for a playwright’s version of Sacher-Masoch’s “Venus in Furs,” so as expected, there are thigh high boots in the play, a collar, and a little bit of power play.

I spent a lengthy time looking for the right lingerie and found it with Mariska Simon. Of course, Mariska is one of the top lingerie designers in SL, so I should not be surprised and this cute little number with its lacy insets and decollatage is perfect for our actress turned 19th century dominatrix as she auditions. Consider the details—the lace, the bow, the garter, the ruffles. Mariska has a wealth of imagination about women’s sexiness and how a woman clothed is sometimes sexier than a woman unclothed.

Venus in Fur

Vanda/Nina is brought to life by Mallory Cowen’s newest skin, a sublime beauty for blondes or redheads. I have added one of Mallory’s excellent makeup layers to make  the eyes smokier. I admit I modified my shape to mimic Ms. Arianda’s beautiful Slavic features—it’s not easy with the tools provided and my poor skills, but I think I got close. Truth Hawks’ curly blonde Tatiana ‘do mimics the actress’ beautiful hair. And, oh, no sexy look is complete without Bax Coen’s iconic ankle boots.

Venus in Fur

Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girlchild in the dark
Severin, your servant comes in bells, please don’t forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart

~ “Venus in Furs” by the Velvet Underground

Hair: >TRUTH< Tatiana – platinum by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: LAQ ~ Ebba – [Milky] – 04 with LAQ ~ Eye makeup 01b by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Shape: made by me

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia  for FASHISM *

Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Rizzo: Silver Satin & Floral Lacing Corset Set by Mariska Simons for ~Blacklace~

Collar: DRDdeadlycatchcollar by Jaimy Hancroft for Death Row Designs

Boots: BAX Ankle Boot Black Patent by Bax Coen for Bax Boots *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose

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One thought on “Venus in Fur

  1. Stunning. It was interesting to read this article. My friend had found it first and posted the link to me. I just happened to be reading reviews of.. Venus in Furs.

    From what I have read, a beautiful representation and artwork.

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