One of the things that most appeals to me about the steampunk social movement is that it’s not just for the young and gorgeous. With roots in both Renaissance and military reenactment, there’s an emphasis on craftsmanship and presenting the whole picture of an outfit. Other roots in punk rock and goth culture lend an anything-goes feel, and a certain edge. But while there are certainly lots of young, slender traditional beauties in steampunk, there’s also room for those of us who aren’t.
Above is a photograph from a recent photo shoot in which my husband and I were asked to participate. There are individual shots below. First of all, I had to ask three times if the organizer was serious. I am not photogenic. I am 5 feet tall and mostly spherical. Moreover, both of us recently turned 50. We’re grandparents. Not exactly the types most artisans want modeling their wares.
Shoptroll, the gentleman who made both my skirt in the photo, the pocket belt I’m wearing, my husband’s kilt, suspenders and sporran, quickly sorted me out. “I don’t want anyone ordinary. I want you.” and so we went. I’m so glad we did. A marvelous time was had by all. And I now have maybe my favorite photo of the spouse and me since our wedding in 1985. Is it the hair and makeup by the lovely Diana of War Pony Forge? The amazing photography skills of Russ Turner ? Just the fabulous clothes? I have no idea. But here, and whenever I dress up for a steampunk event, I tell you something. I feel beautiful.
To give credit where credit is due, aside from what’s mentioned above. The green outfit I’m wearing in the lower photo is by the amazing Jessica of Ties that Bynde. The fan is vintage and the jacket is from Pyramid Company. Don’t remember where I got the hat. Above, my corset is Corset Story and my gloves and hat are from Icings. Glenn’s shirt is from RenShirts.com and his doublet is from Pendragon. Boots are Corcoran jump boots. I wish I could remember the artisan who made the goggles. Sorry!
Shoptroll, Ties that Bynde, and War Pony Forge will all be vending at Up in the Aether–the Steampunk Convention, here in southern Michigan in just a couple weeks. If you get the chance to come out, look for their amazing stuff, and stop by and say hi to me and the other authors as well. After all…if these artists can make me look good–well, they can do wonders for just about anybody.