From formal outfits to costumes crafted for the
stage, from ensembles suited to adventure to
casual street styles, steampunk fashion has come to
encompass quite a few different looks. But what
exactly is steampunk? Originally conceived as a
literary genre, the term "steampunk" described
stories set in a steam-powered, science
fiction-infused, Victorian London. Today steampunk
has grown to become an aesthetic that fuels many varied
art forms. Steampunk has also widened its cultural scope.
Many steampunk practitioners, rather than
confining their vision to one European city, imagine
steam-driven societies all over the world.
Today the vibrance of steampunk inspires a wide range of
individuals, including designers of high fashion, home
sewers, crafters, and ordinary folks who just want to have
fun. Steampunk fashion is not only entertaining, dynamic,
and irreverent; it can also be colorful, sexy,
and provocative. Most of all, steampunk fashion is
accessible to everyone.
Illustrated throughout with color photographs of the
dazzling creations of numerous steampunk
fashion designers, Anatomy of Steampunk is
an inspirational sourcebook. In addition to presenting
the looks and stories of these creative fashion artists, the
book also details ten steampunk projects for the reader
to try at home. Allow steam to power your imagination!
Designers and steampunk groups featured in the book
include--Airship Isabella, Ali Fateh, Berít New
York, Black Garden, Blasphemina's Closet, Brute
Force Studios, Clockwork
Couture. DASOWL, Dawnamatrix, The Extraordinary
Contraptions, Festooned Butterfly, Harvash, Hi Tek
by Alexander, House of Canney, KMKDesigns, Kristi
Smart, Kristin Costa, KvO Design, Lastwear, The
League of S.T.E.A.M., Marquis of Vaudeville, Megan
Maude, Michael Salerno, Morrigan New York, Ms.
Purdy's, Muses Well, Redfield
Design, RockLove, Sidharta
Aryan, SkinzNhydez, Spyder Designs, Tokyo Inventors
Society, Tom Banwell, and The Uprising of the Gin
A longtime admirer of steampunk style, Katherine Gleason is
author of more than thirty books for adults and young people,
including Alexander McQueen: Evolution (Race Point Publishing,
2012). Her short stories have appeared in Alimentum: The Literature
of Food, Cream City Review, Mississippi Review Online, River Styx,
and Southeast Review. She has also written articles for a
number of periodicals, including the Boston Globe, Connoisseur, and
Women's Feature Service.
K. W. Jeter is the author of Morlock Night, Dr. Adder,
The Glass Hammer, Noir, and other visionary science fiction
and dark fantasy. In 1987, when discussing his novel
Infernal Devices, he coined the term "steampunk." The
sequel to that book is Fiendish Schemes (Tor Books, 2013). A
native of Los Angeles, he currently lives in Ecuador.
Diana M. Pho possesses a deep-seated love of science fiction
fantasy literature. Known as Ay-leen the Peacemaker in the
steampunk community, she has written academically about steampunk
and lectures professionally across the United States. Diana also
runs the multicultural steampunk blog Beyond Victoriana
(www.beyondvictoriana.com). She currently lives and works in
New York City.