Steampunk Fashion and Halloween Costumes
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Craftsters are obsessed with steampunk, embracing the style for Halloween costumes and in everyday fashion and accessories. With Halloween around the corner we’ve rounded up some creative steampunk clothing, jewelry and accessories to help inspire you!
The steampunk style is easily identifiable by the use of clock hands, pocket watches, gears and cogs, steam-powered ships, vintage maps, keys, wings, propellers and Victorian-style textures and materials.
Ultimately rooted in neo-Victorianism fashion and fantasy literature, the steampunk style continues to get shaped by cartoons, comics, science fiction literature and film as well as punk and gothic music and culture.
Steampunk, as a fashion statement, salvages iconic symbols and materials from the time period when steam-powered engines and other emergent technologies began to automate many aspects of the existing textile, transportation and printing industries.
Gowns, corsets, petticoats, suits, vests and top hats comprise a few classic steampunk get-ups.
The style really comes out in the details, which makes this a perfect obsession for Craftsters!
Steampunk fashion accessories include military-inspired pieces like goggles, boots, guns, aviator hats and unusual inventions.
On Craftster, upcycling to create unique, one-of-a-kind and budget friendly steampunk pieces is a popular activity.
A Lesson: What is Steampunk?
So, what does the “punk” in steampunk stand for?
Steampunk can be seen as a throwback to the industrial revolution when technology like steam-powered engines gradually began to replace manual labor. At this time, the transition from “man to machine” had a few devastating consequences for the crafting community, in particular weaving and textile workers.
In 1811, a group of unemployed craftsman (and women!) called the “Luddites” began to riot against the very machines that took their jobs. The Luddites took their frustration to the streets destroying mills, automated mules and spinning machinery, and even facing the British Army in battle. These types of uprisings, where former workers destroyed the same machinery that replaced their jobs, continued in England during the Swing Riots with agricultural laborers in 1830.
Steampunk Project Shout outs: Thanks to Craftster Friends and Community Members for sharing their steampunk projects with us: ehinders, pops, jennieingram, scaramouche, RoaneFaery, azreno, sagaciousblonde, graverobbergirl, rdayk, alvan, CoanTeen, Schnoogles and Zhad_Squad!