Friday, September 22, 2017

I WANT IT! Steampunk Contact Lenses

So you've put together a steampunk costume and you think you've covered all the details-- your nerf gun is painted, your belt has a holster for every accessory, your pocket watch hangs just right, you've even glued gears to your face, but wait-- something's missing.

Have you steampunk'd your eyeballs?

Oh, sure. Scoff. But as you stand there dressed head to toe in the Victorian clothing you painstakingly handsewed, just know that your stupid eyes are ruining the whole outfit. There, I said it.

For cosplayers a bit more detail oriented, there are Steampunk contact lenses! These White Tick Tock contacts look like a roman numeral clock. If the eyes are the window to the soul, this soul says, "It's approximately 3:37."

Black and white clock contact lenses with roman numeral numbers, steampunk contacts

These Black & White Steelyard contacts are designed to look like cogwheels, for a look that says, "I glue gears on everything."

Black and white steampunk contact lenses that look like a gear or cogwheel. steampunk contacts for men and women

All jokes aside, they look pretty awesome in person.

woman wearing steampunk makeup with clockwork contact lenses (clocks with roman numerals) in black and white Girl wearing black and white clock contact lenses with roman numeral numbers. steampunk contacts

So whether you choose clocks or gears, ravens or skulls, just stop half-assing your cosplay and get those boring eyeballs covered! And send me a pair of the gear contacts, because I want it! Contact Lenses by

Previous editions of I WANT IT

New Steampunk Event in Florida!

A new event has been added to the 2017 calendar:

Cirque Du Risque's Steampunk Ball
October 7 2017
Tampa, Florida

Thursday, September 21, 2017

2 New Steampunk Events in England!

Two new events have been added to the 2017 calendar:

The Brass Market at Stephenson Railway Museum
October 14 - 15 2017
Wallsend, England

It's the Most Steampunk Time of the Year! (Steampunk Christmas Party)
December 16 2017
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

1880s Victorian Bustle Dress in Muted Colors

Woman wearing victorian dress with a bustle skirt, and top hat. Women's victorian costumes and clothing
Lauren is a talented costume designer for film and theater productions who has a passion for historical fashion. She chronicles her historical research, progress, and finished projects on her blog, Wearing History. Covering women's fashion from the 1700s to the 1950s, it's a great resource for anyone interested in historical costuming. Here, Lauren models the 1880s Victorian bustle dress and hat that she created. We love the muted color palette and striped silk taffeta trim.

woman wearing blue and brown victorian dress with a bustle skirt and top hat
Lauren began collecting vintage patterns as a teenager, eventually amassing a treasure trove of patterns, some of which she has transcribed into e-patterns that are available for download via her etsy shop, WearingHistory. She also sells the occasional piece of vintage clothing, along with unique finds like this booklet from 1882 (which you can download & print), instructing women on how to ride a horse sidesaddle.

Woman wearing blue and brown victorian dress with bustle skirt, and top
Cosplayer/Costumer: Lauren of Wearing History

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Purple Victorian Steamgoth

woman wearing steampunk gothic victorian clothes in purple and black. steamgoth style, top hat, skirt, jacket, striped stockings, boots, gun
woman dressed in steampunk gothic victorian clothing in purple and black steamgoth style standing in front of a steam train holding an umbrella on railroad tracks
While searching for the origin of these beautiful photos, we came across Gina's Etsy shop, Black Unicorn. She creates gorgeous fantasy headdresses, hats, wings, jewelry and other costume pieces with plenty of Steampunk options. It's definitely worth checking out, especially if you're planning any kind of ethereal/fantasy photo shoot.

Cosplayer/Costumer: Gina Wetzel
Photographer: Reiner Eisenbeis