Steampunk Fashion: What Exactly Is It?
As of now, I’m sure you have a picture in your mind of the general Steampunk aesthetic. You're probably picturing something along the lines of metal, goggles, top hats, and clocks, right? But what is this really all about?
“What exactly is Steampunk fashion?”
An imaginative and fantasy-driven combination of Victorian era fashion and elements and materials inspired by the Industrial Revolution, Steampunk fashion is in a league all its own.
Having been officially recognized in the late ‘80s, Steampunk is a fairly new concept and an even newer movement in the fashion world. Steampunk fashion is currently on the rise, and here at Atomic Jane, we have a spectacular collection of Steam corsets and skirts as well.
In order for you to better understand and fully appreciate all of the glory of Steampunk fashion, we thought we'd take the time to run you through some basics of the movement and give you a little preview of the incredible Steampunk corsets we have in our inventory. With a bit of the history and philosophy behind Steampunk in mind, these gorgeous pieces will become an even more meaningful addition to your closet!
Steampunk Fashion: A Brief History
In 1987, author KW Jeter first coined the term “Steampunk” in his novel Morlock Night. Although the concept of Steampunk had been popularized decades before this, thanks to various other Sci-fi novels, the birth of this label propelled Steampunk's rise into movies, video games, TV shows, and the fashion world!
Steampunk is often described as a fusion of the old and the new: the tradition of the Victorian age mixed with bold, retro technology. The juxtaposition of these elements creates a post-apocalyptic feel and a romantic allusion to drama and revolution.
These elements, when applied to fashion, create absolute magic, and it's no wonder to us that this fashion movement has not only gained a cult following but the attention of the mainstream fashion world as well!
"Saloncon," the first Steampunk fashion convention, took place in 2006 and allowed a collection of lively and passionate followers of the Steampunk movement to gather ansd connect with each other, showcasing their incredibly intricate (and often handmade) costumes including clothing, accessories, makeup, and hair.
John Galliano for Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2010
As the movement rapidly gained attention, it didn't take long for the high-fashion world to take notice. Shortly after the first Steampunk convention, the first Steampunk-inspired looks walked down some of the most high-profile runways, showcased by countless designers including Dior, Prada, Versace, and Chanel.
This Steampunk-heavy year in high-fashion created an amazing ripple effect for the movement and Steampunk-inspired clothing! Steampunk fashion was shortly, thereafter, on the radar of the mainstream fashion world and started to be introduced into mainstream retail.
It continues to be on the up-and-up and we're more than thrilled to be right there with the movement and carrying so many gorgeous Steampunk fashion inspired pieces!
Steampunk Fashion: The Corset
Although there are many different elements that go into Steampunk fashion, one of the most important elements is absolutely the Steampunk corset. Just as the corset is one of the biggest staples in Victorian era fashion, it's also one of the biggest staples in Steampunk fashion.
What makes these corsets so special and so indicative of Steampunk are the eye-catching, technology-inspired retro elements incorporated into the details. Everything from the lines to the materials to the added accessories pay tribute to both the femininity and tradition of the Victorian era and the toughness of the Industrial Revolution.
This aesthetic combination has the power to make you feel like the sexy, strong, and revolutionary woman that you truly are inside!
So without further ado, here are some of our favorite Steampunk corsets for you to drool over! Click on any of these knockout pieces and you'll be taken to their purchase pages over on our website. Let's go!
Atomic Black Leather Steel Boned Steam One Shoulder Corset
The removable high neck shrug is so unmistakably Steampunk fashion and these bold belt buckles give the corset just the right amount of edge and toughness. We have it in stock in sizes S-6XL for $95! A small price for something that will instantaneously turn you into your innermost badass.
Atomic Brown Steampunk High Neck Overbust Corset and Shrug
Say hello to our gorgeous Atomic Brown Steampunk High Neck Overbust Corset and Shrug! Where do we even begin on the details here? All of these faux-leather accessories draping the Victorian-era inspired floral pattern bodice are the perfect combination of the most stunning elements of Steampunk fashion.
The included high neck shrug is a detail that adds so much strength and power to this eye-catching ensemble, allowing you that balance of softness and toughness. You'll feel the power to live out your wildest fantasies after slipping this corset on. Priced at $89.95, in sizes S-6XL!
Psst..good news! Hop on over to our website to see the other versions that we carry of this stunner in black, gray and purple!
Atomic Two Toned Steel Boned Steampunk Overbust Corset
This is our drop-dead Atomic Two Toned Steel Boned Steampunk Overbust Corset! We love the color combination here with this gorgeous steel boned construction in a coffee brown and crisp white design creating beautiful lines running down the bodice. The Victorian-style details are subtle but present in the soft floral pattern and the romantic sweetheart neckline.
This Steampunk corset also features a high neck shrug, adding the toughness and Sci-fi feel with the strong belt buckle details and gold metal accents. This piece is so unbelievably sexy and comes in sizes S-6XL. Priced at $99.95!
Atomic Mix It Up Purple Steel Boned Steampunk Corset
We've saved one of our favorites for last! Feast your eyes on our gorgeous Atomic Mix It Up Purple Steel Boned Steampunk Corset. The colors here, oh my god. In a sort of nod to the Renaissance, this beautiful Steampunk corset features the most romantic shape and color combination with these built-in, super-flattering lines running down the length of the bodice.
The side belt buckles and large gold closures give it that distinct Steampunk fashion aesthetic that we are soooo into. We carry this beautiful piece for $65 and have it available in sizes S-5XL. Time to welcome this gorgeousness into your life!
There you have it! A brief glance into Steampunk fashion and an overview of some of our beautiful Atomic Jane Steampunk corsets. This is only the tipping point of all of the imagination and fantasy that Steampunk fashion has to offer and we encourage you to continue your exploration of this exciting movement!
Head on over to our website, www.atomicjaneclothing.com, and take a look at all of our other beautiful Steampunk inspired pieces and accessories to get you started. If you have any questions or comments regarding this post or any inquiries in general, never hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Until next time, happy shopping Atomic Babes!