Deconstructing Steampunk: Designing Your Own Costume

All of these Steampunk events at A-Kon is making me realize how much work I am going to have to do for SteamCon II this November. This is not to say that my current Steampunk attire is not impressive or sufficiently Steampunk. It’s just that A-Kon is not an explicitly Steampunk convention. I can get by with two great Steampunk outfits for the entire weekend. I won’t be able to do this for SteamCon. Between all the different events, I’m definitely going to have five or six costume changes to not have to wear the same thing twice.

Fortunately, there’s resources to help. Aside from purchasing at Etsy (which I am eternally in love with), there is the option of creating some of my costume by myself. This is something of a daunting task: I’m a working professional trying to simultaneously hold down a full time job, write a novel, apply to grad school, and command a guild in my MMO. Needless to say, I’m a busy gal.

But there are some resources for me to consult, the first of which that comes to mind is an article on MyDisguises.com, Deconstructing Steampunk: Designing Your Own Costume. I like how this article breaks down Steampunk fashion by first explaining the core ideas influencing Steampunk. You can’t understand Steampunk without knowing where our influences come from, I think.

The only problem that I have with this article is that it assumes that Steampunk is only a costume. If I worked at a place where they were a bit more lax on the dress code, I would happily wear Steampunk clothing every day.   It is not the sort of thing I would wear only at conventions were I so allowed. It is not cosplay. It is an integral part of my life, the fashion of a genuine subculture to which I belong.

Anyway, tomorrow, I’ll see if I can’t find you all some more fashion links. Preferably, ones that don’t think that Steampunk fashion is a “costume.” *sigh*