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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Steampunk Mystery Man in Black's Halloween Tip

Steampunk man wearing black spandex skin suit/bodysuit costume with a 3 piece suit, top hat, goggles, gauntlets, bracers, mask and cane. mens steampunk costumes

Steampunk man in top hat, suit, mask, top hat, goggles, black spandex second skin suit, gauntlet, bracer, and cane

HALLOWEEN TIP: Turn your normal Steampunk costume into a creepy Halloween costume by adding a spandex second skin suit! They come in a variety of colors, but we think the white and black are the scariest. They look even better if you add an accessory over them, like goggles, a monocle, or a mask. It really drives home the point that you're looking into a dark void where someone's face should be. What's not to love? If the thought of a full bodysuit makes you sweaty, you can buy just the hood/mask here.

Cosplayer: Mark Green at Lincoln Asylum Steampunk Festival 2017
Photographer, top: James Armstrong
Photographer, bottom: Mark Kent