Victorian Era Historian, Author, Speaker Victoriana Lady Lisa Griffiths Lewis

Victorian Era Historian, Author, Speaker Victoriana Lady Lisa Griffiths Lewis
Victoriana Lady At The Stegmaier Mansion B&B

Friday, January 17, 2014

My book, International Steampunk Fashions, is chosen for distinguished book site.

Author/historian Victoriana Lady Lisa, was just notified by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. that her book, International Steampunk Fashions, was one of only 115 books chosen, out of thousands of books, to represent Schiffer on the "Designers & Books Online Book Fair."
 "The books are from a distinguished, international group of publishers who pride themselves on books that inspire creativity and innovation, and are also a pleasure to look at." -The editors at Designers & Books.
Victoriana Lady is incredibly honored!! 

What is Steampunk? It's what the Victorians would have worn, and made, if they had our modern technology. It's a back to the future movement that's really picking up steam. :)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

All Things Victorian Cable Program For Cape Ann TV Massachusetts

I'm delighted to announce that Cape Ann TV loves the program idea, All Things Victorian, that John and I developed. It's on the order of my antique traveling museum shows that I've presented up and down the east coast, for the last decade. Each episode will discuss a different aspect of the Victorian era, from 1837-1901, showcasing authentic antiques and artifacts.

     Victoriana Lady Lisa in an authentic circa 1890 ensemble from her traveling museum collection.

Everything from architecture, to fashion, superstitions, to literature, and much more will be featured. We will also visit the Edwardian era, neo-Victorian fashions, and the latest phenomenon Steampunk.
Programs will be in studio, often with guests, and we will have interviews on location at various B&B's, tea rooms, antique shops, museums, historical societies, and with private collectors, just to name a few.

Once the program airs locally here in Massachusetts then it will be posted on Youtube for all to see!
Stay tuned for more details...

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Author/Historian Victoriana Lady Lisa was recently interviewed on Cape Ann TV in Massachusetts on a popular long running program called The Writer's Block. It was to talk about her book, International Steampunk Fashions, and what she's doing currently. 
                It was an honor to be featured on the program Cape Ann, thank you for all of your support!

                                                                 "Quiet on the set!"

Her ensemble is Steampunk style, with an authentic antique hat, circa 1880, from her Victorian & Edwardian traveling museum collection. The show air on October 3 and 10 at 8:00 pm on channel 12. Once aired the link will be posted at her Facebook page for viewing outside of the Cape Ann area. 

                      Host John Ronan, of The Wtriter's Block, and Author/Historian Victoriana Lady Lisa

Copies of her book are available on Amazon and B&N stores online. You can also ask for it at your local bookstore. For a signed copy, contact the author at

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Victoriana Lady Named A Cult Figure In Steampunk Genre

Victoriana Lady Lisa, aka Lisa Griffiths, of Oddities fame on the Science channel, named a cult figure in NY Examiner article. Lady Lisa was signing her newly released hardcover book, International Steampunk Fashions, at the 2013 Steampunk World's Fair in NJ.
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It was an honor to meet legendary author K.W.Jeter this weekend at The Steampunk World's Fair in NJ. Mr. Jeter is the first to coin the term Steampunk in a letter to Locus magazine in April of 1987, to describe the retro-technology, alternate-history works that he published along with his friends, Powers & Blaylock . Mr. Jeter's Steampunk novels include Morlock Night and Infernal Devices.

I had the pleasure of meeting one of the photographers, John T. Riley, who has work in my Steampunk book. He took this wonderful photo for me.

 This book is the first hardcover in the Steampunk fashion genre. It's a lovely 10" x 13" coffee table sized book with 192 thick glossy pages, published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

 To order an autographed copy-

Monday, October 22, 2012

Update On My Victorian & Edwardian Book

The Fashionable Victorians & Edwardians by Victoriana Lady Lisa

 Victoriana Lady Lisa in circa late 1890's ensemble from her traveling museum collection.
Photo by Rebecca Grant at The Stegmaier Mansion B&B

It's often said that projects take longer than you think they will and in this case it's true. I began writing my book The Fashionable Victorians & Edwardians back in early 2011. I took a break after only a few months into it since my Steampunk chapter outgrew the book. I was then approached by my publisher to do a Steampunk fashion book exclusively. I'm proud to say that International Steampunk Fashions is now available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online. It will hit book stores in January.

This international phenomena showcases works by contributors such as G.D. Falksen, Everlyn Kriete, Jon Magnificent, Kato of Steampunk Couture, Lex Machina, Lee Ann Farruga, Daniel Proulx, The League of S.T.E.A.M., Cris Ortega, Jema Hewitt, Dim Horizon Studio, Starkall, Empire Art, Abney Park, Brute Force Studios, Veronique Chevalier, and many more.

***To order copies of International Steampunk Fashions on Amazon: 

Kato of Steampunk Couture is one of the featured models

Fast forward to my first book, John and I have been busy lining up models and shooting various accessories as well. The book is to be a 350 page full color coffee table size compendium, a hard cover no less. It will include photos from my traveling museum collection, other private collectors, museum pieces and authentic antique photos and old fashion ads.

Victoriana Lady Lisa's ancestors, Hannah & daughter Ella Mae Martin, circa late 1860-early 1870.
My ancestors were my inspiration for my traveling museum collection.

A Parisian fashion ad circa 1890-1900.

An antique corset ad

Model Emma Quateman wearing a circa 1900 dress and hat from my traveling museum collection.
Photo by John Thomas Grant.

Model Brandi Barra in a beautiful dress that she created from the Neo-Victorian chapter.

From the Steampunk chapter, lovely model Joan Nakamoto.

From the accessories chapter, an antique engagement ring, handkerchief and marriage certificate.
Photo by John Thomas Grant.

From the Steampunk chapter, a lovely Victorian style necklace from artisan Daniel Proulx.

Victoriana Lady Lisa modeling antique swimwear. Photo at Rockport Beach, MA by John Thomas Grant.

Lonna Miller & The Ladies of Locust Grove in their Edwardian finery.

From the Mourning chapter, Victoriana Lady Lisa in circa 1880 Widows Weeds.
 Photo by John Thomas Grant.

From the Sleepwear chapter, Victoriana Lady Lisa in a circa 1900 night gown from her collection taken at the Stegmaier Mansion B&B. Photo by Rebecca Grant.

Stay tuned for more updates...

Monday, June 11, 2012

International Steampunk Fashions

International Steampunk Fashions by historian Victoriana Lady Lisa
Now available at a special pre-order sale price!!

I am pleased to announce my eagerly awaited first ever hard cover book on Steampunk Fashions. What is Steampunk fashion you ask? It's where the Victorian era meets science fiction in a most delightful and creative way!!

"Climb into your steam-powered time machine aircraft for a tour of the fashion world, steampunk style. This fashion backward collection features hundreds of intricate, creative, and visionary steampunk designs from top names in the business and fans from around the world. 

Presented in high-quality fashion photography, the looks in this compendium include head-to-toe Victorian-era style coupled with futuristic, sci-fi concepts, as well as hats, jewelry, and other accessories. 

With fashions from as far away as Europe, New Zealand, and the Americas, this volume celebrates the diversity and innovators of this international phenomena and showcases works by contributors such as G.D. Falksen, Everlyn Kriete, Jon Magnificent, Steampunk Couture, Lex Machina, Lee Ann Farruga, Daniel Proulx, The League of S.T.E.A.M., Cris Ortega, Jema Hewitt, Dim Horizon Studio, Starkall, Empire Art, and many more. Complete with a foreword and "Steampunk 101"" by G.D. Falksen.

To pre-order at sale price:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Titanic Memories at the Monroe County Historical Society's Annual Victorian Tea

Author/historian Victoriana Lady Lisa was honored to be the guest speaker at the annual Victorian Tea Luncheon for the Monroe County Historical Society in PA recently. It was their 20th year with 230 guests attending. The audience was delightful and extremely attentive with many questions afterwards.

Victoriana Lady's program included personal stories and photos of a Titanic survivor from PA whose daughter is a good friend of hers. Popular clothing and accessories from the era when the Titanic sailed  from her antique traveling museum collection were shown with descriptions of what was worn and why.

The Victorian era was from 1837-1901 when Queen Victoria sat on the throne. The Titanic sailed and sank during the Edwardian era when her son Edward sat on the throne. There were many similarities to both eras as one overlapped the other.

Thelma Thomas from Lebanon survivor of the Titanic from Wilkes'Barre, PA

Thelma Thomas' grave stone reads Survivor Of Titanic Ship

Charles Thomas from Lebanon who perished on the Titanic

Victoriana Lady Lisa & friend Mae Thomas whose mother Thelma & uncle Charles Thomas were on Titanic

Newspaper headline of the sinking of the Titanic

 1912 coin commemorating the sinking of the Titanic

A necklace made of coal from the Titanic 2009 exhibition in NYC

The audience at the Victorian Tea enjoys a Titanic Memories program by author/historian Victoriana Lady

There were several Victorian re-enactors at the Victorian Tea Titanic Memories

Victoriana Lady Lisa with the winner of the Victorian hat contest at the Victorian Tea Titanic Memories

I received this wonderful letter from the executive director Amy Leiser-

Dear Victoriana Lady Lisa,
On behalf of the Monroe County Historical Association, I would like to thank you for presenting a wonderful program for our 20th annual Victorian Tea & Luncheon at the Chateau Resort in Tannersville, PA. I am delighted to inform you that this year's program, Titanic Memories, was especially well received. All of our guests thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and your presentation. You did a wonderful job and kept the interest of 230 guests-not an easy task!

The Victorian Tea & Luncheon continues to be one of our most important fund raisers and your contribution to our event was greatly appreciated. It was a pleasure to work with you. The Monroe County Historical association is very fortunate to have your support and friendship. Thank you for all of your hard work and for making the 20th annual Victorian Tea a great success for our organization.

Amy Leiser
Executive Director

Victoriana Lady Lisa & Monroe County Historical Society executive director Amy Leiser

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