Besides the technological innovations in steampunk—airships, ether guns, complex automata—another key element is the clothing. Steampunk clothes take the basic shapes and construction of 19th century clothes, and then add liberal doses of science fantasy. This means exaggerated silhouettes, considerable adornment with an eye toward utility chic, and generally just having a really good time.
• Goggles (useful when flying in open-deck airships)
• Military-style details
None of this is hard and fast. Steampunk fashion is meant to be fun and open to the individual’s interpretation. Half the enjoyment of steampunk clothing is making your own or modding (modifying) existing costumes and surplus. That way, it’s infinitely customizable as well as unique to the person wearing it.
I’ve never been into cosplay (though I admire and respect people who do), but if I ever had to pick a genre of costume for myself, steampunk would definitely be at the top of my list. It’s fun, historical, imaginative, and perfect for adventure!
So, my questions to you are, are you familiar with steampunk fashion? What elements about it do you like or don’t work as well for you? If you were designing a steampunk costume for yourself, what would it consist of?
(You can try this out for fun, too: http://www.dolldivine.com/steampunk-costume-creator.php)
Leave a comment, and I’ll pick a winner to receive a copy of SKIES OF FIRE: The Ether Chronicles, my new steampunk romance from Avon Impulse!
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