Everyone out there know what “steampunk” clothing is? Um… any idea what “steampunk” means? (Psssst – the image above comes from FirstFoo.com)
As many of you well know, I love making, crafting, cleaning and fixing things. But I do it full on Martha Stewart with a twist style. The twist is that I live in Costa Rica not Connecticut, I’m brunette not blond, and I’m in dire need of finishing school, not prison.
Several years ago, I came across a handmade belt and corset on Etsy under the category of “steampunk”, which captured and inspired my creativity. I really just wanted to re-create the looks which were unique, and to me, quite feminine.
Part lace, leather and rubage, they were two different, up-cycled, sexy and wearable accessories I was excited to try and replicate.
I immediately got my Google on and learned that there was a fairly serious following of people who live, eat and breathe steampunk fashion and lifestyle. Needless to say – these are my peeps.
What I learned made me absolutely giddy. The Steampunk fashions were variations of my favorite time period, the Victorian era. The Victorians were the first people to fully capitalize upon steam technology in a way that affected everyday life, so it is no surprise that most steampunk fashion is strongly inspired by it.
Basically steampunk fashion is a real-world reproduction of the clothing that is or could be found in steampunk literature. The steampunk lifestyle incorporates prominent elements of science fiction and or fantasy, and most all of the clothing is hand-made, up-cycled and a reinvention of the Victorian era using a multitude of materials from any time period. It’s that simple.
My first project was a variety of novelty “costume pieces” that now serve as clothing for my 7 year old’s stuffed animals. But I soon embraced the fact that recycling vintage clothing and a hodge podge of my own style would work once I stayed the course.
Really, to be a successful steampunk enthusiast, you can’t be afraid that your outfit is “too Victorian”, if you are, good news, you’re probably doing it right.
To me steampunk clothing is green and sexy. It is fun, whimsical, and at times, a little like dress up. It utilizes some of my favorite hobbies: reusing and re-designing things that can be considered throw aways and using sustainable clothing pieces, like organic cotton, wool and recycled or upcycled leather.
Do you love Steampunk? I’d love to see your style and hear your ideas, so don’t be shy! Tell me what you think in the comments below.