The Otsuka Museum of Art is attracting a steady stream of visitors for a chance to dress up like the figures portrayed in famous paintings. (Tsunetaka Sato)

NARUTO, Tokushima Prefecture--For art lovers who dreamed of being a muse for a masterpiece, the Otsuka Museum of Art is offering a chance to see how they stack up against the real thing.

The museum is allowing visitors to dress up like iconic figures from some of the world’s great works of art.

The immersive art event, which provides costumes modeled after wardrobes worn by the iconic faces in the classic paintings, has become so popular that the museum has extended the run until Oct. 29.

The museum boasts more than 1,000 porcelain plaques of the world’s famous paintings.

A total of 35 costumes from 15 artworks are available at the event titled “#Art Cosplay Fes.” The wide-ranging costumes include those inspired by an ancient Roman gladiator, impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette” and Pablo Picasso’s cubism work “Woman Sitting at the Window.”

Students at Kyoto University of Art and Design in Kyoto spent about three months creating the wardrobes.

Visitors can easily wear the slip-on costumes over their clothes. They can also walk runways leading to the works. Because the exhibits are replicas, they can take pictures with the works and post the photos on social media.

Meanwhile, there are also explanatory panels for visitors to learn about the history of fashion highlighting trends in the ancient, Renaissance, Rococo and other periods.

“It is fun to blend in with the paintings,” said a 7-year-old girl who came from Tokyo’s Toshima Ward with her parents.

The art cosplay event follows the success of a Halloween event in 2015 when the museum set up a section where a headscarf and other items were placed in front of a porcelain plaque of Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” for visitors to wear.

Spectators waited in line on weekends, prompting museum officials to come up with the new project to entertain visitors with an added number of artworks.

The bottom line is experience. A guided tour for participants to appreciate the great works of art while they listen to scary episodes hidden behind the paintings and other related events is also thriving, the officials said.

The costumes are provided for free, with wardrobes suitable for children and adults also available for some of the artworks.

Admission is 540 yen ($4.82) for elementary, junior and senior high school students, 2,160 yen for college students and 3,240 yen for adults. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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