All posts tagged: steampunk

AetherCon: The Steampunk Convention

This Saturday was AetherCon, Wellington’s first (hopefully annual) Steampunk convention. I really want to support any sort of historically inspired costuming in Wellington, so I agreed to do a talk on the historical origins of Steampunk Fashion. In the weeks before had lots of fun sprucing up costumes and finishing UFO’s and even making some new things. Unfortunately the day itself did not start well.  It was pouring.  A dear friend was kind enough to lend me her apartment – only three blocks from the venue  – for dressing in, but I still had to get all my garments from my house to the car, from the car to the apartment, and then get the models from the apartment to the venue – all without getting the dresses (and models) soaked and bedraggled.  Ergh. I put the dresses in plastic bags to transport between my place and the apartment, and stuck every umbrella I owned in the car.  And then I prayed.  Nothing else to do. I got soaked getting to the car and getting …

Kerry’s steampunk burlesque bustle

Kerry approached me after the talk on historical underwear I gave back in February, wanting a Steampunk-inspired bustle based on my 1870s bustle petticoat to use in her burlesque performances. After nailing down design ideas, we had lots of fun picking fabric.  Because Kerry is using this for performances, and needs to be able to have it cleaned frequently, we went for synthetics instead of natural fibres. Together we found a really nice, heavy, bronze-coloured satin: It is being contrasted with a truly lovely rayon with slightly irregular black and silver stripes: The whole outfit is about contrasts: shiny with matte, stiff with flowy, structured with draping, masculine and feminine.  Steampunk is the perfect foil for these contrasts, as steampunk is all about the contrast between modern technology and the less industrial, handmade aesthetic of pre-assembly line days. There are lots of fun things going into the bustle: And as the obvious follow on to that: I hope you enjoyed all the sneak peeks!  On Saturday for my finished project I’ll show you the completed …