I’ve had a lot of people ask me about Steampunk, especially in Aust (Melbourne) as this style is relatively new here compared with the rest of the world.
I tried to find an ‘Oxford’ type definition without success so with a bit of Googling I have come up with my own interpretation:
Steampunk is influenced from the ‘steam’ era (Victorian era) and is swayed by many areas including writing; such as those works from Jules Verne or H.G. Wells (Journey to the Centre of the Earth or The Time Machine) and technology; steam power replaced horse power (e.g. steam engine, complicated machinery and the pocket watch); and of course the fashion (Those long sleeved, high necked, corsetted long dresses).
Here are some of my favourite images of Steampunk Fashion, these will give you a better idea of this inspiring style:
Image courtesy Bound By Obsession 1
Instead of wearing the corset hidden away under the dress, Steampunk has offered this stunning corset1 by Bound by Obsession to be worn on the outside as a fashion item in its own right.
Those long lacey sleeves of the Victorian dress have been replaced by the lace cuff2 such as this stunning example by edm designs.
Images courtesy edm Designs 2
Of course you can’t go past wearing something on your head, here’s a stunning top hat3 by House of Nines and another interpretation4 by Midnight Agenda with my own interpretations5, 6 using the inside of a watch (watch movement) as the focal point on the Fascinator. You can see the influences in each piece and each has its own interpretation of the Steampunk style.
Thanks for stopping by today, you can see more of my fascinator work at Etsy: KAIJ
Image Courtesy House of Nines 3
Image Courtesy Midnight Agenda 4
Steampunk Fascinator by KAIJ 5
KAIJ Steampunk fascinator 6