Friday, March 11, 2011
What is Steampunk Fashion You Ask?
My favorite neo-Victorian style of fashion is called Steampunk. What is Steampunk you ask? It's back to the future sort of! Imagine the styles of the steam locomotive era with a modern imaginative twist! There is a lot of debate about what is and isn't Steampunk fashion. I concur that if it has any Victorian roots then it is considered Steampunk. Women's fashions include corsets worn on the outside this time, bustle dresses, top hats, gothic influences, jewelry made from broken watches and other mechanical pieces, capes and cropped jackets, lace gloves, ruffled skirts, ruffled tops, granny boots, aviator glasses and more. Gents wear waistcoats, tails, vests, top hats, aviator style jackets and pants, goggles, arm bands, jodphurs, pocket watches, and more. Here are several great sites where you can find Steampunk fashions.
I am presently writing a book about Victorian Fashions & Accessories with Schiffer Publishing Ltd. My final chapter will feature the awesome neo Victorian Steampunk look, one of my personal favorites. I have been dressing in this style since my college days many years ago. :)
The photo above is one of my ensembles, this photo was taken last year when I had my business Victoriana Lady introduced in Victorian Homes magazine in the Stegmaier Mansion B&B article.