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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Vintage Voice: "Pseudo-Victorian"; Steampunk Fashion

Hello fellow blog-friends! 
First off, have you ever heard the term, "steampunk?" If you are not familiar with it, I have posted a brief description of it from Wikipedia below:

"Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigiblesanalog computers, or digital mechanical computers (such as Charles Babbage'sAnalytical engine); these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality.
Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fanbase and theme of rebellion, but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other). Apart from time period and level of technological development, the main difference between cyberpunk and steampunk is that steampunk settings usually tend to be less obviously dystopianthan cyberpunk, or lack dystopian elements entirely."
---Wikipedia definition of "Steampunk".

Make any sense? 
Here's some popular movies and television shows that used a very typical 'steampunk' style: The original Wild, Wild West TV series (1965-1969) that was also re-made into a successful movie with Will Smith, Kevin Kline and Salma Hayek in 1999, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic book series that was made into a movie in 2003 with Sean Connery. The Golden Compass starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig and the 2004 movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow with Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Jude Law had steampunk overtones.
The thing I love best about steampunk is the " pseudo-Victorian" fashions! Most steampunk settings are in a recognizable Victorian or Edwardian era, and the clothing reflects that.
Recently I came across these images of some very handsome gentlemen wearing couture clothing that is very Victorian in appearance but was categorized as "steampunk". The images were posted on a community board called "SteamFashion". The images did not have any credits of who took them or where they were from, so I hope nobody minds if I share them, even if they are un-credited.
I wish men still dressed like this!! They are definitely eye candy for the Victorian soul!

I showed these to the hubby and he said he wished men still dressed like that today also! Erik has often said that he wishes we could afford to have a full time tailor or costume designer to make clothes like this for him! He's so cute.

And for the ladies....I just love this sweet hat! I could see myself wearing this.....having tea or joining in an early morning fox hunt perhaps? 

My favorite of all:
A steampunk PC!!!!  Wow....I could see myself blogging on this !   

Thanks for joining me! I hope you had as much fun as I did looking at these.

1 comment:

Bella said...

Hi Katie... I first heard of steam punk not long ago... There is a blogger (I can't remember who, but she lives in Alaska.. who is very into steam punk).
The fashions are FAB.. I love the lavender ruffled shirt and button up velvet coat on photo #2. They remind me of Willy Wanka (old version).
Men get off so easy with their comfortable fashions and shoes. If they had all those tight collars and buttons...they wouldn't know what hit them!
The keyboard is so cool!