Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism by Katherine Gleason

By Katherine Gleason

From formal clothes to costumes crafted for the degree, from ensembles suited for event to informal road types, steampunk type has come to surround a number of various appears. yet what precisely is steampunk? initially conceived as a literary style, the time period "steampunk" defined tales set in a steam-powered, technology fiction-infused, Victorian London. this day steampunk has grown to develop into a classy that fuels many assorted artwork types. Steampunk has additionally widened its cultural scope. Many steampunk practitioners, instead of confining their imaginative and prescient to 1 eu urban, think steam-driven societies everywhere in the world.

Today the vibrance of steampunk conjures up a variety of members, together with designers of haute couture, domestic sewers, crafters, and usual those who simply are looking to rejoice. Steampunk type isn't just unique, dynamic, and irreverent; it might even be colourful, horny, and provocative. so much of all, steampunk style is offered to everyone.

Illustrated all through with colour pictures of the spectacular creations of diverse steampunk style designers, Anatomy of Steampunk is an inspirational sourcebook. as well as featuring the appearance and tales of those inventive model artists, the publication additionally info ten steampunk tasks for the reader to aim at domestic. enable steam to energy your mind's eye!

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Both hands balled into fists, one hand wrapped in chain. Is this a weapon ready to be swung into action Or is it a weight tethering the model in place At first glance, the look seems ancient, tribal, a costume for a warrior. Winged armor guards her hips. Jewels encrust her intricate corset. Closer inspection reveals gears on the center plate of her armor hinting at industrial roots. The woven midsection of her corset is crafted from zippers—more evidence of the machine age. Closely placed buttons stand in for precious stones over her bust and shoulders, while a length of folded zipper caps each shoulder with metal teeth.

My edding planner thin s I m cra y, Karen said to herself. “I get it,” the wedding planner said. ” “A what ” Karen replied, blinking. “Steampunk,” the wedding planner said with a grin. “Okay,” Karen said, “but what in the world is steampunk ” The wedding planner explained, and Karen discovered a name for her fascination. Conversations such as this one are happening all over, and images of steampunk weddings are proliferating on the internet. Many brides have found the wedding dress of their steampunk dreams, such as the ones pictured here, at KMKDesigns.

She’d been participating in fashion shows, performances and the burlesque scene in New York City, but really felt something click when she started getting spots in shows at steampunk events. These two shots are from one of Costa’s runway shows. Over the model’s dress, a metal corset binds her waist, and yet, with her wings, she seems ready to fly free. Another model, a man, wears a shirt of feathers and a bird-like headpiece of papier-m ch and silver leaf that has been painted to look like oxidized steel.

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