Thursday, November 1, 2007

Steampunk - November 1, 2007

It’s the day after Halloween. Unfortunately, I didn’t go out in my usual style. I was tired. Bleh! I’m lame, however, it’s still on my mind. My costume this year, a mess of things lying around my apartment thrown together, ended up being analogous in style to the Steampunk movement.
In the past ten years, I feel like cultural niches have really started to gain some traction and attention. Harajuku to Gothic Lolita to Emo/Hipster to Cyberpunk are just a couple of examples of fashion styles that previously had little known about them. Interestingly enough many of these new interpretations of fashion are linked closely with technology. If you peruse through enough pictures of these groups you’ll find that technological devices are often incorporated in their design.

I’m particularly intrigued by this Steampunk culture.

Steampunk - is a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction which came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.

Check out a cool Steampunk magazine, and enjoy these pictures.

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