Steampunk can be an aesthetic, a mindset or a lifestyle. Here, I aim to explain what steampunk is and how you can embody it.
You might have heard the term steampunk before but aren’t quite sure what it means or how to become one of these fantastical creatures. You’re not alone! With steampunk gaining popularity recently, a lot of people are asking “what is steampunk?” and “how do I become a steampunk?” – get those answers here!
The Steampunk scene is a fun and exciting subculture, with so much to offer from an amazing fashion sense, to a rich and diverse history, it’s one of the most interesting and original places you can be. But where did it all come from, what’s it all about and how can you get involved? Well, this blog will tell you everything you need to know.
It is not difficult to make a steampunk costume. The items needed are, for the most part, common and inexpensive and can be found at local thrift stores or in your own home. In addition, we have provided links to other sites that sell various steampunk accessories at reasonable prices.
A good place to start is with clothing and accessories. Most of the ideas for clothing can be found at Steampunk Clothing Ideas.
For women’s costumes, long skirts are generally worn. A shirt or vest of some sort provides a nice contrast with the skirt. A vest is an ideal item for adding personal touches like buttons, brooches or jewelry (see Steampunk Jewelry). Corsets are common but can be difficult to find ready-made (see Steampunk Corsets). If you don’t want to go through the trouble of creating your own corset, a waist cincher will work just as well. Waist cinchers can also be made easily at home (see Making a Waist Cincher).
If you’re making a men’s costume, a white dress shirt is best. Darker colors could be used if they’re available, but white is more appropriate for the period covered by steampunk, roughly the mid
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. However, steampunk and neo-Victorian are different in that the neo-Victorian movement does not extrapolate on technology while technology is a key aspect of steampunk.
Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The first known appearance of the term steampunk was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created as far back as the 1950s or 1960s. Such works have had an abiding influence on the larger culture. Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century.[
I’ve been getting lots of questions lately about how to make a steampunk costume. My advice is always the same: It doesn’t matter what you wear if you don’t act the part.
Steampunk isn’t about costumes, it’s about attitudes. You can be a steampunk even in a business suit, as long as you have some way of showing that you’re a steampunk, like a watch that runs on steam power, or an opera cape made from the skin of a brontosaurus.
But for people who do want to dress up, here are some tips. (I should say that I personally tend to take a minimalist approach to steampunk fashion.)
Steampunk is a subculture inspired by the fashion, technology, and society of the 19th century British Victorian era.
The steampunk style incorporates industrial-era elements like brass and gears, but is often characterized by modern fashion trends.
The steampunk genre has expanded to include fashion, music, art and literature.
Look at this costume. What makes it steampunk?
Most people would say it’s the top hat and goggles, which appear in almost all stock illustrations of steampunk. But note how little those two things contribute to the story this picture tells, with its two passengers on a steam-powered motorcycle. The goggles don’t do anything that glasses wouldn’t do better; the top hat is just another piece of headware. The same goes for the corset and bustle, which are there only because steampunk costumes are supposed to have them.
Now there’s a clear story: our protagonists are traveling by hot air balloon, and they have brought along a picnic basket and a telescope. As with all good stories, the plot is implicit rather than explicit: you can imagine their dialogue as you look at the picture. And unlike the first picture, this one doesn’t seem like an excuse to wear fancy clothes. Those fancy clothes are justified by what they’re doing in the picture, not vice versa.