Gears and Goggles by Guest Blogger Matthew Taylor

Courtesy of Fashion World

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction.  There are 3 words that best describe Steampunk Victorian Science Fiction. Victorian here is used to represent the industrialized 19th century. Steampunk evolved in the 19th century and is becoming famous through Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. It wasn’t until the 80’s when officially the name “steampunk” came about through author K.W. Jeter who used it jokingly when talking about a group of stories set in the Victorian period written during a time when near-future cyberpunk was the prevailing form of science fiction.  If you are craving more knowledge or answers I suggest checking out Steampunk 101.











Steampunk meets Louis Vuitton in Paris during Fashion for Models and Goggles Autumn/Winter 2012.

This was all brought to us courtesy of Marc Jacobs who was inspired by the golden age of rail travel!!


Steampunk has been seen in many movies over the years some of the more popular ones are:

Sherlock Holmes: Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law The Golden Compass: Nicole Kidman & Kathy Bates






Prestige: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman                                    Wild Wild West: Will Smith and Kevin Kline









Hellboy: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair            Sleepy Hollow: Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci







20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: The Classic Jules Verne Novel turned movie thanks to Disney staring Kirk Douglas and James Mason

When you are looking to get started creating your outfit don’t worry about lack of ideas because inspirations are everywhere. Start looking into photo’s and movies set in the 19th century and the Victorian Era. Find the era you like or style you are going after and then as soon as you have that you can start adding accessories and whatever you like from different periods. Make sure to add some gears and goggles to your outfit, find some vintage jewelry you can go so many ways be creative and think outside the box! Here are a few places to find individual pieces, or complete outfits not to mention accessories.























These pictures are from Dragon-Con last Labor Day weekend courtesy of my good friend, Laurie Comfort. Be sure to check out her website to see all of her work.


How do you feel about this type of fashion?


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