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Steampunks Raise the Costume Bar at Comic-Con

Ha! I'm sure it would have taken less time if we didn't have those tedious dayjobs...

July 31, 2009 at 5:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Steampunks Raise the Costume Bar at Comic-Con

Thank you! The costume is the joint creation of my husband and I - I made the dress and leather accessories and he made the mechanical components - the heart box and the power source on the back. We came up with the idea last July, and it went through many evolutions before we got to work on it about 5 months ago.

July 30, 2009 at 5:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Steampunks Raise the Costume Bar at Comic-Con

Thanks for this great article, Angela!
Steampunks have all kinds of reasons for being attracted to the genre. For myself and my husband, we love to make things and we love old-fashioned looks and objects. I have always been attracted to Victoriana because of the apparent compulsion Victorians had to make objects not only functional but decorative. Furthermore, Victorians seemed to be able to laugh at themselves and their society like no other era in English history.
The great thing about Steampunk is that it focuses on an era of enormous exploration, scientific discovery and industrialization, and in retrospect it is not only whimsical and a little naive, but there is also an element of the ridiculous about it that is very endearing. The Victorians were interested in EVERYTHING, from the occult to electricity, East to West, North to South! The first World’s Fair was put in motion and directed by Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. Imagine all the odd devices, creations and inventions, scientific or otherwise, that were displayed but never pursued. Steampunks tend to make devices that ostensibly have a practical application...but like a Rube Goldberg device, they chose an impractical method of achieving it. Participants evoke the intrepid gentleman explorer of a Jules Verne novel, who we love and root for but find a little laughable in his un-scientific methods and conclusions. The villians of steampunk (a minority standing thus far) tend to have the bumbling megalomaniacal optimism of Jack Lemmon's Professor Fate, making their failures both spectacular and amusing.
The paradox of aristocratic good manners, parasols and starched cuffs combined with misfiring inventions, ectoplasmic goo and ramshackle pseudo-scientific conclusions is just too much fun to resist!
These are my own reasons for participating in the steampunk aesthetic. I hope other steampunks will put in their own two cents, because the term "steampunk" remains a little nebulous at the moment. I suspect a lot of people could name it if they saw it, but defining it is another matter.
- Gail Folsom

July 29, 2009 at 2 p.m. ( | suggest removal )