• Daniélle Awogbemi

Days of Future Past in Fashion: Why I Love Steampunk

Hidey-ho, fellow humans! I know, it's been, like, 20 years since I last posted. (Or, in real-world time, four days, but hey, why should I be bogged down by a little thing like reality?) Anywho, gather 'round, folks! I've come to tell all about my one of my favorite fashion obsessions: Steampunk!

Steampunk, AKA neo-Victorian, is something that I've admired for years. It combines the detailed fashion of the Victorian era with industrial, steam-based inventions and clockwork gadgets. As a former fashion major (I am now an English major), I am beyond fascinated with steampunk fashion--the clothing is super-imaginative and intricate. It's a style genre that has a little something for everyone's tastes. If you're into accessories, the jewelry is gorgeous. If you're into tech, I guarantee you'll have a field day checking out the cool technology steampunk artists have thought up.

There's just so much you can do with steampunk because of the way it allows the imagination to run wild. I personally love the fact that steampunk can work as a setting for a story. For examples of this, check out Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel from her series The Infernal Devices. (Great series; I suggest you give it a try!)


The 2004 movie remake of Around the World in 80 Days also has some awesome steampunk elements to it. Phileas Fogg's inventions definitely meets the steampunk qualifications.

Well, I'm sorry to say it, but that's it for now. Lunch to be had, friends. Lunch. To. Be. Had. But before I skedaddle, here are some more examples of great steampunk fashion:






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