What the well-dressed steampunk vampire hunter is wearing this year. Posted on Craftster.org by Gothfox.
I heart steampunk. What is steampunk you ask? Essentially, “steampunk” refers to the blending of 19th and 21st century technology and fashion. Imagine the Jetsons reinterpreted by Jules Verne and you’ll have the general idea.
I’m generally not a fan of Victorian anything–too frou-frou, too fussy, too many dresses that make the wearer look upholstered–but I like steampunk in large part, I think, because it breaks the rules. It says here’s the Victorian mode AND here’s how we’ll smash it.
When you think about it, science fiction/fantasy and Victorian/Edwardian elements are actually a good blend. The 19th century was one in which people’s lives were being changed by new technologies in a way that hadn’t really happened up ’til then. It was a time when the first real science fiction stories (called scientific romances) were being published e.g. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. And it was also a time when people were looking back to an idealized past for a way of life that they felt was being lost to increased mass production e.g. Arts and Crafts Movement. In short, it was a time much like our own which perhaps counts for steampunk’s rising popularity.
Check out the Steampunk Fashion Flickr group to get a better idea of the aesthetic. Aviator goggles and cogs or gears are popular motifs. I also highly recommend the Aether Emporium wiki. If you follow their Clothes and Costumes link under Links & Resources, you will come upon a whole list of suppliers, some British, some American.
Here are a couple of cool photos I liked:
Flickr, Steampunk Fashion pool, posted by Rivkasmom
Neat outfit, something I would wear myself. You can tell I’m a librarian, can’t you?
Steampunk apron designed by Wyldfire
And, of course, who wouldn’t want this apron? Check out Wyldfire’s blog here.