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Posted in Books, Brass goggles, costumes, Dieselpunk, Friday fun, Lolitas, Steamcon, Victorian fashion, tagged Deborah Schneider, Elizabeth Darvill, Marie-Claude Bourque, Steamcon, Steampunk on November 20, 2009 | 1 Comment »
What is Steampunk style? I am probably the last one to know. That’s why when I headed for Steamcon in Seattle, I didn’t really know what to expect, expect for a bunch of brass goggles and a few corsets.
So it’s with my own corset (laced tight and rescued from the Romantic Times Convention) that I sat down in the lobby of the Seatt;le Marriot and sipped my venti nonfat latte doing what I like best (after writing) and… people watched.
I was glad I had read about all the various Steampunk spin-off in Suzanne Lazear blog post at Steamed! Dieselpunk, Monsterpunk, Oilpunk, Clockpunk, coompleted with Steampunk fairies, I think I saw it all.
What striked me the most was that really all goes. As you long as you have your goggles on, you are good to go. I did expect the clockwork and victorian look but I have to say that I was surprised by the intrincacy of it all and by how well dressed everyone was.
I saw plenty of victorian ladies and gentlemen in full regalia, top hats and elaborate googles and ornate canes, beautiful skirts and expensive corsets (mine is a cheap one, be warned) but also feather in upswept hair, parasol and yes, fans! So many things I want (need?) to buy!!!
Beside the victorian look, was also the western look. Think of the movie Wild Wild West, with variation on steampunk guns, cowboy hats. Some were on the goths or dark side with black and spooky outfit closer to MadMax that is probably what they would call Dieselpunk. And some ladies had on simpler dresses that wouldn’t have been out of place in Anne of Green Gables.
All in all, I think the rule is to let your imagination run, and yes get those goggles and that corset! Can’t down too many lattes with it on but your waistline may thank you!
Steamcon 2010 is on! Get your tickets as soon as they come on sale! I bet they will fly really fast! (yep, stood in line for four hours to get mine!). I’ll be there
I actually managed to find 3 more art deco tiaras! YAY! They are so much cuter than anything else I’ve found (any past winners want to send me a pic of them wearing theirs? Lynn? Deb?)
So the winner of this month’s tiaras is…
I think steampunk and think Jules Verne…
Congrats! Please email me at suzanne lazear (@) hotmail so I can get you your tiara.
Someone gave be this great linky for an anagram generator. Maybe I’ll start writing under the name Lauren Zazen. Go ahead and come up with a few alter egos…
Have a great weekend everyone!
Recently I was having dinner with my niece who was visiting from out of state. We were having a nice conversation about steel-boned corsets and steampunk when she asked me if I’d heard of a singer named Emilie Autumn.
She told me to youtube her.
About a week later I needed some inspiration for my steampunk YA WIP, so I went on youtube and looked her up. Music is a huge inspiration for me (all those years of classical music lessons as a kid, lol), so why not seek out some steampunk music for a steampunk story?
All I can say is Wow.
Emilie Autumn calls her music “Victorindustrial.” Basically it’s industrial-type music mixed with harpsichord and violin sung by a women with pink hair and a corset. It’s steampunk meets Gothic-Lolita at it’s finest. The lyrics are soulful, the music haunting, her voice is amazing, and some of the titles are just hysterical (Like “Miss Lucy has some leaches.”) Truly I am astounded and fascinated by how incredibly cool she and her music are. It sounds like her stage shows are amazing, too bad she won’t be in the US for awhile.
I’ve become mildly obsessed with the song “Opheliac” (“Shallot” is my niece’s fave, and I like “Across the Sky” as well.)
Check this out. The actual song starts around 2:30.
Anyway, happy weekend and happy father’s day!
I’m cross posting this over at my personal blog . Come by and say hello.