Photo: Kyle Cassidy
So, when I was writing a few posts back trying to give you the bare-bones gist of what Steampunk is, I know I was terribly vague, and my bits of information were incredibly disjointed and mostly abstract. But that's because Steampunk is a very post-modern genre, and as such means different things to different folks. Did you notice even the dictionary people had a hard time encapsulating it? So I'm not going to bother trying to discuss the breadth and depth of it--that's what wikipedia and the internet are for, if anyone is interested! I'm instead going to be talking about and showing you all the steampunk bits that I like.
So when it comes to Steampunk fashions, again, it is almost anything goes. Remember, this is a realm of historical fantasy, in which the Edwardian/Victorian past mashes up with modern values and philosophies. And too there are all the different steampunk styles, based upon the "character" you want to create with your particular look: is your Steampunk lady a brash adventurer, or even a pirate? Is she a scientist, either out in the field or in a laboratory? Is she an Amelia Earhart, or a Rosie the Riveter-type mechanical genius? Is she a librarian, or a burlesque-dancer? Is she an Alice in Wonderland fallen down a very different rabbit hole?
I guarantee whatever the Steampunk lady is, she is not a stay-at-home, wall-flower, intellectual-marshmallow type.
This post is about fantasy fashion that epitomizes Steampunk--in other words, Steampunk eye candy! I'll post later about how these ideas can translate into everyday street fashion--today, it's pure fantasy. And don't forget--there's a lot more out there than this. I am just posting the things I like--I guess MY vision of Steampunk!
Photo: Donna Ricci
Although I should give a caveat: I don't necessarily like every bit of every outfit or look I'm posting here. But in all the images here, there is something I do like very much, whether it be the fabrics, or the cut of the clothes, or one particularly striking piece, or the imagination evident, or the photography. . . you get the idea. Oh, and I would not necessarily wear all of these myself. . . but that's the fun thing about it--imagining what I would wear!
And if you want to see commercially-available steampunk ensembles, visit The Steampunk Emporium or Clockwork Couture
Photo: Dahlia Rideout in this article
This and the other uncredited photos found here
Photo found here
So much to see. . . such creative play on the genre. . . . Steampunk fashion is so imaginative, witty, wishful, edgy, and so feminine.