Saturday, June 4, 2011
The old joke is that Steampunk happened when Goths discovered brown.
Ok, so there's some truth to that.
HOWEVER, there is more to the genre than brown leather and brass - you just have to look for it. (And if you can't find it, add it yourself! That's where the PUNK part comes in.)
For example, check out Adam Wallacavage's octopus chandeliers, which have been making the rounds again online lately:
There are also darker/creepier designs, but it's the cheerful color combos that make me smile:
Although if it came down to selecting one for my own steampunk dining room, I think I'd have to go with this one:
Here's the concept: steampunkers are known for painting/customizing Nerf guns into steampunk guns. So this group figured, hey, why not match our costumes to the guns, instead of vice versa? Aaaand NerfPunk was born. Frankly, I think it's brilliant. I'd love to see more bright colors like this worked into the Victorian/punk aesthetic.
Or, if you can't work that much color into your costume, how about in your hair and makeup?
Someday, guys, I am going to have candy colored hair. Someday.
Over the past few years a lot of 'punkish elements have worked their way into my closet. Leather boots and ruffled skirts, fitted military jackets, big belts, and flouncy blouses all add up to a subtle steampunk look that doesn't look costumey. Still, most of those tend to be muted khakis, browns, and army greens - not very colorful. And, in case you hadn't noticed, I LOVE color.
Which is why I LOVE these Victorian patterned knee-socks:
(Unfortunately, I'm so short that "over-the-knee" = "crotch level." Not good. Heh.)
Ok, just a few more colorful steampunk bits and I'm done:
By Will Rockwell
I spy a hidden Mickey!
And one last gem (literally) from Bionic Unicorn:
Gorgeous, don't you think? The chains and watch guts bring the punk, while the feathers and gems make it a formal statement piece. Perfect for steampunk. (And for only $140, it can be yours!)
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