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Wicked Faire 2012 steampunk fashion show

Wicked Faire 2012 steampunk fashion show photo 5

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22 comments
RPip
RPip

I spy a sonic screwdriver in her hand...

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

I think everything has been said, TR occasionally puts up filler content with little merit, best answer is *crickets*

the7seal
the7seal

After viewing the entire selection of outfits I can definitively say that these are not Steampunk designs. Victorian? Yes. Goth? Yes. Futuristic? Yes. Steampunk? A resounding no. Classic Steampunk is patchwork, its Victorian, its mechanical, is grease-monkey. It is so many things that none of these costumes fully embodies. I am sorely disappointed.

BarbieVonRennie
BarbieVonRennie

First of all, let me state that I was actually THERE. The fashion show, incorrectly labeled as "Steampunk" by the AUTHOR, was actually titled Wicked Fashion Show on the schedule itself (I have a copy). The AUTHOR of this "article" titled it "Steampunk Fashion Show". A gross, misleading title by every stretch. I happen to know, not only several of the models (normal, every day people), but several of the people who MADE the costumes and outfits. Frankly, the pictures do absolutely NO justice to some of the items that were on display. On that, you will simply have to take my word. Nothing like a flash camera drowning out the beauty and sucking the absolute life out of everything. I am saddened that people cannot recognize that. I am also sorry that the woman who made the corset with the Apple logo (among several others in the pics) is being shoved into the category of "a jumbled collection of embarrassingly ill-fitting and poorly-designed costumes". She IS an amazingly talented lady. Though I do not personally know her, I can assure you that I have spent many a day drooling over her craftsmanship. Just because these things don't FIT the "Steampunk" category that the author of this article shoved them in, doesn't mean they are NOT beautiful pieces.

dgalbreath
dgalbreath

What is this garbage even doing on Tech Republic??? A major devaluation.

jonrosen
jonrosen

Honestly, maybe 2 outfits even called out to me as being 'steampunk'. The vast majority were just simply too 'steam' not enough 'punk', ie, just too Victorian, or just early-industrial age, and none of the steampunk flair. Even most of the 'fantasy' outfits were pretty lacking. It's sad when the best thing I saw there, was just the stockings on one of the girls.

Odipides
Odipides

It might help of the people wearing the stuff hadn't (apparently) descended from wild boars.

lalightworks
lalightworks

Steampunk, like the Punk Rock movement of the late 70s, was one of those fashion statements that was delightful in its early manifestations but was soon diluted to the point of being meaningless due to a proliferation of silly junk produced by department stores and people who hadn't a clue as to its original spirit. This "fashion show" is a glaring example of such a movement in its moribund phase. Regretsy.com, a ruthlessly hilarious website devoted to showcasing the most hideous and bizarre items from etsy.com, occasionally features a category of entries called "This is Not Steampunk". Each and every one of the "fashions" in the above photo gallery would rate an entry in that category, with a special award reserved for the dress with an Apple Computer logo emblazoned on its bodice (Say WHAT???). What a jumbled collection of embarrassingly ill-fitting and poorly-designed costumes.

klaasf
klaasf

Isn't it a little bit early for Halloween?

JoJoline
JoJoline

Proving once again that when a guy chooses something to wear, it only prompts the nearest woman to say, "You're not wearing that, are you?"

Grant_Leech
Grant_Leech

None of the dudes seemed able to pull off the outfits. Sad, I thought anyone could look good in a top hat and tails. Impressive that they found a way to get it wrong, while seemingly trying to get it right.

switcher99
switcher99

I can't help feeling these clothes seem to suit the women best. I'm afraid I don't feel inspired to run out and buy some of the stuff the guys are waring here!

wclardy
wclardy

Having all the fashion sense of a mule, I couldn't tell steampunkt from steam-cleaned, but it seemed clear to me that several of these pictures were frozen, washed-out images of what probably was an attractive model and costume in motion. Is it techie material? Probably not, but sometimes it's nice to stop and see the roses.

JohnDJO
JohnDJO

Erm... without the "Victorian" element, you can pretty much kiss the "steam" element goodbye - in which case it's really not Steampunk anymore, is it?

JohnDJO
JohnDJO

I think the fault lies with the author of the article - 90% of what is on display in this fashion show is definitely not what the term "steampunk" was originally coined to describe. I don't know why on earth the author called it that, except perhaps that they wouldn't really know the Steampunk aesthetic if they saw it.

BarbieVonRennie
BarbieVonRennie

First of all, let me state that I was actually THERE. The fashion show, incorrectly labeled as "Steampunk" by the AUTHOR, was actually titled Wicked Fashion Show on the schedule itself (I have a copy). The AUTHOR of this "article" titled it "Steampunk Fashion Show". A gross, misleading title by every stretch. I happen to know, not only several of the models (normal, every day people), but several of the people who MADE the costumes and outfits. Frankly, the pictures do absolutely NO justice to some of the items that were on display. On that, you will simply have to take my word. Nothing like a flash camera drowning out the beauty and sucking the absolute life out of everything. I am saddened that people cannot recognize that. I am also sorry that the woman who made the corset with the Apple logo is being shoved into the category of "a jumbled collection of embarrassingly ill-fitting and poorly-designed costumes". She IS an amazingly talented lady. Though I do not personally know her, I can assure you that I have spent many a day drooling over her craftsmanship. Just because it doesn't FIT the "Steampunk" category that the author of this article shoved it in, doesn't mean it is NOT a beautiful piece.

nkfro
nkfro

....Angies Right Leg has NOTHING on the young lady in # 7,.

JohnDJO
JohnDJO

...just because you can fit into something doesn't mean it looks good on you. That's why there's such a thing as tailoring, etc... Women, of course, have understood this for a long, long time...:) We;ve still got a ways to go to catch up with them.

Tonydid
Tonydid

Perhaps the author needs to be taken by the hand & shown what Steampunk really is.......

JohnDJO
JohnDJO

I think that would probably be a good idea.