Accessorize This: Steampunk Style

Thursday, April 29, 2010



Steampunk Style
by Denise Grayson


There’s a little subculture called steampunk that’s been growing steadily around us since the eighties, yet it remains largely unseen. This is likely due to the fact that it’s not a product of teen-angst or based on a genre of music, and therefore hasn’t been exploited for commercial gain. Steampunk is about simultaneously embracing the past, present and future by combining science and technology with the sensibilities of the past -particularly the dress and artefacts from the Victorian era - though inspirations vary with the individual.

Like other subcultures, steampunk manifests its unique point of view in aesthetics, such as lush costumery and the invention of unusual hybrid objects, like a computer with an ornate brass frame monitor and vintage typewriter keys, courtesy of revered steampunk ‘maker’ Jake von Slatt.

Recently there’s been a surge of steampunk accessories, handmade by enthusiasts with a flair for proper craftsmanship and a knack for sussing out things like vintage aviator goggles and old pocket watches to harvest for their hardware and tiny mechanical parts. While the full-on steampunk look is reserved for the true die-hard, anyone can infuse their look with a bit of its charm thanks to innovative designers like edmdesigns, who take the antiquated and make it something you’ve never seen before - and most importantly, something you’ve likely never imagined.









All photos credited to edmdesigns

Denise Grayson is our Accessories Editor and also writes about fashion at
The Swelle Life.

17 comments:

the Citizen Rosebud said...

fantastic post! i often wondered why this incredible style genre hadn't be appropriated by the mainstream. maybe it's not codified enough, to individual to copy. there's a steampunk society here in my hometown. what's cool about it, is that it span several generations...all types of folks are drawn to this. love it.

http://www.thecitizenrosebud.com

janettaylor said...

Splendid!

My Passport to Style said...

Hi Denise, these are incredible! The top two designs and the purple stone are my favourites. I have a strange passion for object's that are funtional and beautiful,i.e watches, kitchen equipment,and stylish clothing of course! So these tick all my design boxes I used a steam punk images on my blog as part of a campaign to raise awareness about smear testing a while back, which is how I first came across Steam Punk! P.S fabulous spell bound giveaway over on My Passport to Style, win a bespoke hair accessory, by linking to the comp! Have a lovely day! Sharon xx

Audrey Allure said...

I love Steampunk stuff! My friend Eric is obsessed with it too, I'm pretty sure he has almost everything Steampunk haha.

Tiffany* said...

Love this post! I'm totally going crazy over those bracelets- they are so unique and gorgeous!

beijos-Tiffany-http://imashoewhore.blogspot.com

Piney said...

Beaufitul accessories! I'm going to keep my eye out for something in that genre next time I'm in London..Thanks! :-)

mdunc1021 said...

Excellent post! I recently discovered SO MUCH steampunk design on Etsy. There are a lot of artists out there, and that seems to be a great place to find them. Each design is so incredibly intricate and interesting ... I really need to get a peice for myself.

- Meredith
cubiclechicblog.com

lisa said...

Interesting to learn a bit more about the steampunk subculture! This aesthetic reminds me of books and films that re-interpret Victoriana through a modern lens. Sherlock Holmes is the most recent example, I guess, but I'm also reminded of The Golden Compass and a lot of Philip Pullman's novels. It's nice to know that this subculture has a name!

Denise said...

I love steampunk! I used to spend hours on etsy trolling for steampunk accessories o.o...

Denise @ Swelle said...

Thank you for your great comments, everyone!

Citizen Rosebud: I'm waiting for Lady Gaga to come out in full steampunk, I can see the crazier of the aviator goggles on her, with a mini bustle and some Bladerunner-meets-granny boots up to her thigh. But I really do think it has remained underground because it's an adult movement and quite involved in terms of the costume, and it's a bit cerebral - not the easiest bandwagon to jump on!

Denise xx
Accessories Editor
Dream Sequins

DailyDivaDish said...

These are gorgeous. I especially like the necklace in the top row!
XO Piper

StuddedLilly said...

oh my these are such interesting pieces! i love that silver rectangular ring!

xxjess

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Very cool cuffs... creates on your new gig, Deanne! :)

sunlovey said...

how i LOVE cogs & gears and such as accessories. sick finds.

Paulina said...

Crazy cool. I love the glasses!

VersaStyle said...

i'm in love with the ring with the little purple stone. soo cute.. funky jewelry is always the best..

nicole said...

I love steampunk accessories and have seen a bunch on Etsy before. I love those earrings that are featured, they're very unique!

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