Steampunk clothes are a genre of fashion clothing that consist of a mixture of the Victorian era as well as the industrial revolution, which took place in Europe in the 1800s. This type of fashion consists of not just clothing, but hair, jewelry, as well as makeup. People usually prefer to wear these costumes on special occasions, such as steampunk, anime or cosplay conventions. Some however, like to wear these costumes every day as well.
THE HISTORY OF STEAMPUNK
As mentioned earlier, the concept behind this fashion genre is to emphasize the Victorian and industrial revolution era; therefore, the type of clothing usually consists of bustiers, which are a form-fitting garment for women, and bodices, which are another type of clothing that cover a woman’s body from the neck to the waist. In the early days of the introduction of this genre of clothing, most clothes were handmade or custom made. However, with the spread of this community, many businesses came into existence to sell the clothes required by the people of this movement, which were available both, online and in retail stores.
This genre has existed since the 1980s however, it has remained almost unchanged in terms of the style of clothing. Only minor changes such as the introduction of related gadgets have been included to go with the clothing. Jewelry was also not quite common in the early days of this movement but it has been slowly incorporated into the outfit around 2010.
During the early stages of this movement, there was only one convention, SalonCon, where people from this movement would gather. However, with the passage of time, many similar conventions are now present.
INFLUENCES AND INSPIRATIONS
Steampunk fashion has been influenced by the fashion of the mid-19th century and therefore the style contains long flowy dresses for women coupled with jacket bodices. Some are even made to look intimidating and masculine. In the
early 20th century, skirts with flared hems also become quite common in the steampunk movement. Beads, embroidery and bangles were also included in the making of the complete outfit.
The steampunk movement also gained influence from different authors of that particular era, authors like Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were looked towards to give a better idea of the fashion details of the related time
period, as well as different Sci-fi novels to create an almost fantasy-like futuristic yet timeless vibe for the clothing.
The first steampunk novel written by Kevin Jeter in 1979, named “Morlock Night” is said to have triggered the entire steampunk movement.
STEAMPUNK FASHION TODAY
Steampunk clothing has been in the works for a long time and it is as early as 2010 that high end brands such as Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Chanel took notice of this genre of fashion, and incorporated them into their respective fashion lines.
It was also introduced in an episode of the famous television series; Project Runaway, after which, the movement gained proper standing.
In 2010, the movement also started being featured in movies, photoshoots as well as television series. Iconic movie, Sherlock Holmes, also makes use of steampunk fashion to dress the actors.