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The Steampunk Wedding Party And a Bit of Steampunk History To Inspire You

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Has anyone noticed the Steam Punk Wedding is finally getting the recognition it deserves and no longer just a "trend"? We're pretty excited about it and think it makes plenty of sense.

Steampunk style incorporates classic, Victorian, vintage, and fantasy all boiled down into a sci-fi paradox that screams, "hey, this is what the past could have looked like, in the future" or better known as retro-futuristic.

Oh, and sometimes there are goggles involved, but they aren't required. All of these influences are excellent motifs for the unique-modern wedding. Most importantly, it's fun and that's really the most important part to add to the big day. 

I know, I know...you already love it and want us to get to the good stuff.

 * One more small note before we get into it, the answer is, yes, a future blog is dedicated especially for the bride (because it's her day and because, yeah, she's the bride – and deserves her own post).

The Steampunk Bridesmaid

A Steampunk wedding means there is a wedding party to dress! This piece is a perfect choice for a bridesmaid. 

The corset features a black trim keeping its style a little bit edgy, but the grey lightens things up. The lace overlay brings a touch of romance to the special love-filled occasion and the belt will tie the outfit together; no matter what bottom piece is decided on.  Here are a few ideas if you are thinking, "ok, but what should be worn as a bottom?".

Think of adding a black tulle skirt (long or short) or add other elements of your wedding décor into the bridesmaids look. Are you having velvet tablecloths or a touch of leather in your place settings? Use the fabric and colors you have already planned for the occasion as some inspiration to pull this look completely together.

Um, That Looks Great On You!

Pictures are one of the best parts of a wedding. The memories are captured and of course, there is the social media sharing – after all, if you are having a Steampunk wedding, that is way too fantastic not to post online. But, when photos are being taken from every angle by guests and professionals it means a little too much "holding your breath and standing up straight" or else end up tagged in a photo from a bad angle.

We have all been there with that, "OMG how could you take that picture of me and put it on Instagram" feeling. Trust me, having a corset on means this won’t happen.

More Ideas for Steampunk Weddings

Here is another piece that can be used for some inspiration that is also a beautiful choice for a bridesmaid. This brown corset has sleeves so there is a little more coverage and the Victorian design overlay keeps it feminine to balance the metal.

And your bridesmaids are going to look good. Really good.

We carry a wide range of sizes so all of your friends are covered in that department, and by nature, corsets are made to "pull it all together," meaning, those photos we mentioned, are going to rock!

Can I Wear This Again...Tomorrow?

The best part about wearing a corset is the fit. Have you heard that old cliché that refers to buying a bridesmaid dress that looks awful, the women dislike, and even worse, that it will never be worn again? That simply does not apply when half your outfit is a Steampunk corset!  Pieces can be incorporated into an everyday look by pairing with jeans or a skirt.

Welcome To The Wild-Wild Steampunk West

Steampunk is fantasy, and yes, it is often a sci-fi fusion of time periods, but some Steampunk has a “western- about to conquer the last frontier” feel to it. Let's talk a bit about the style elements and how the western appeal is involved in the whole package. Who knows? It might bring some additional wedding decorating ideas.

A Bit Of Steamy History

This cross-over into the Wild West makes plenty of sense, considering that the Victorian influence in Steampunk style, references a time period- which runs approximately 1837-1901. Within that time period, some of the larger historical events that occurred also happen to contribute elements of Steampunk couture. 

The Industrial Revolution period occurred in 1750 through 1840. This super-fast urbanization pushed workers from the farms to the factories where they were surrounded by deadlines (enter the pocket watch and clock motif), metal (can we say "gears" anyone?) and of course, jobs like welding where stuff flying at your face all day, meant using some eye protection (Goggles, we knew you would show up eventually!)

The use of steam power exploded during the Industrial Revolution. Steam powered railways were built and used to transport workers and materials. The use of steam-powered boats and ships increased dramatically to assist with the growing need for transportation and of course, there were also whole steam powered factories. The   introduction of steam-powered machinery is what put the “Steam" in that "Punk".

...and at the same time...

14k Solid Gold Rush Style

Throughout history there have been many gold rushes and  in the United States between 1799 and early 1900s, some  of the major ones included the Klondike Gold Rush which  brought more settlers to our newest state Alaska, and  most notably, the California Gold Rush that began in 1848  and lasted until about 1855. Populations exploded with  new settlers who wanted to cash in on "The American  Dream".

Saloons, Ragtime and Corsets (Oh MY!)

A gold miner's life was not easy. What better way to relax and forget all your gold mining worries, than a visit to the saloon. The imagery of a vested bartender, donning a handlebar mustache may come to mind, but don't forget the music. This was ragtime territory!

Imagine this: corseted ladies, sitting at a dusty piano, playing everyone's favorite song while shooting whisky. Perhaps whisky shots might replace the champagne toast at your Steampunk wedding? Just a thought. 

Underbust Corsets: Formal, Western, and Fabulous.

Now that we have left the history lesson, and hopefully sparked some ideas and future Pinterest boards, (check out what we've got going on over at Pinterest here) for planning your big day, let's get back to bridesmaids.

This last piece, a brown underbust with buckle accents is extremely versatile, and here's why. An underbust, by design goes, well, it goes under your bust! Something needs to be worn underneath it and that something could be the more traditional or simple bridesmaid's dress. Adding an underbust is a nice option for the wedding that "loves Steampunk" but wants only a few key elements.

What makes this piece even more fun is it can be thrown on with jeans, a tank, and a pair of boots and I promise you are going to impress. 

I hope we have been able to give you some ideas about your wedding or any formal affair where you would like to incorporate Steampunk couture. If you have any questions about sizes or need help choosing the perfect piece, you can always email me at jessica@atomicjaneclothing.com or contact our customer service at support@atomicjaneclothing

 

 

What is steampunk?

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STEAMPUNK 101 

What is steampunk?

In three short words, steampunk is Victorian science fiction. Here “Victorian” is not meant to indicate a specific culture, but rather references a time period and an aesthetic: the industrialized 19th century. Historically, this period saw the development of many key aspects of the modern world (mechanized manufacturing, extensive urbanization, telecommunications, office life and mass-transit), and steampunk uses this existing technology and structure to imagine an even more advanced 19th century, often complete with Victorian-inspired wonders like steam-powered aircraft and mechanical computers.

    

Where did steampunk come from?

In some sense, steampunk has existed since the 19th century. The Victorian period had its own science fiction, perhaps most famously embodied by the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, and throughout the 20th century there have been later-day science fiction stories set in the Victorian period. However, the term “steampunk” was not coined until the late 1980s, when author K. W. Jeter used it humorously to describe a grouping of stories set in the Victorian period written during a time when near-future cyberpunk was the prevailing form of science fiction.

Where does the sci-fi come in?

The line between steampunk and period Victorian is extremely narrow, and often the two are indistinguishable. They are separated only by steampunk’s status as science fiction, albeit heavily inspired by the historical fact of the Victorian period. This is generally accomplished in one of two ways. The “proto-steampunk” stories of the 19th century can be seen as a parallel to our own science fiction; that is, a view of the future from the present. For the Victorians, this meant imagining a future that looks dramatically un-modern to modern eyes. Submarines, space travel, aircraft and mechanized life were all imagined by the Victorians, but while some of these came very close to the mark they still differed from where the future actually went. For modern writers, with the benefit of modern science, steampunk becomes a re-imagining of the 19th century with a view of where science will one day go. In this way, steampunk often works to translate modern concepts such as the computer revolution, spy thrillers, noir mysteries and even the Internet into a Victorian context using Victorian technology. Steampunk becomes the perfect blending of alternate history and science fiction.

Where does the steam come in?

Steampunk’s steam references more than simply the technology itself, although steam engines are a vital aspect of life in a steampunk world. Steam more generally signifies a world in which steam technology is both dominant and prolific. During the Victorian era, steam power revolutionized almost every aspect of life. The steam engine made full-scale industrialization possible and produced mechanical power more efficiently and to greater degrees than human and animal labor could manage on their own. Mechanized manufacturing and farming caused an upheaval in the structure of working life, but they dramatically increased society’s productivity and freed up an entire section of society to form the modern class of professionals and office workers. The changes in society brought on by steam-driven industrialization allowed for the unprecedented developments in sciences, society and goods that came to be associated with the Victorian era. Steampunk takes inspiration from these changes and applies them to whatever culture it influences.

Where does the punk come in?

Ironically, it doesn’t. As was mentioned earlier, the term “steampunk” is a tongue in cheek reference to the cyberpunk genre rather than a reference to the punk subculture. Moreover, “punk” in the context of punk rock was the product of very specific circumstances following the Second World War, which makes it fundamentally distinct from the Victorian aesthetic that inspires steampunk. However, individuals interested in exploring a steampunk equivalent to 20th century punk can find a wealth of material in 19th century counterculture groups ranging from the Luddites to utopians to hooligans. Add a dash of Victorian street culture and a sprinkling of ragtime, and steampunk “punk” comes into focus.

What about gears?

The gear is an easily recognized symbol of steampunk, but it is not unique to the genre. It was invented long before the 19th century and it remains in use today. The gear in steampunk joins related devices such as flywheels and pistons as the “power lines” of the steam age. Steam power is mechanical power and its transmission demands a network of moving parts in the same way that electrical power transmission demands wires. The gear on its own is not especially “steampunk” but when put to use in 19th century machinery it becomes a key icon of the genre.

What about goggles?

Goggles are often encountered in steampunk clothing and imagery, and this can create the misleading impression that they are somehow fundamental to the “steampunk look.” Certainly, goggles are associated with both science and mechanized travel, both of which are common themes in steampunk. However, this does not mean that everyone in a steampunk setting wears goggles; in fact, only people who have a reason to wear them do so, and then only while it is useful. As with scarves, driving coats, aprons and overalls, goggles are a piece of fashion that can help give life to a steampunk world when used properly and in moderation, but can rapidly border upon the ludicrous when turned into an end rather than a means.

What is the appeal of steampunk?

A genre as large as steampunk has a wide-ranging appeal. Some people are drawn to it from a love of the Victorian period. Others enjoy steampunk’s unique approach to technology: re-imagining modern capabilities with 19th century machines. Many people are drawn to it in light of its fashion aspects, which allow them to sample and even combine a range of clothing styles and accessories from across the 19th century world. One critical aspect of steampunk is the tremendous diversity of appeal it presents, which allows it to offer something for just about everyone. Steampunk is also aided by a more general neo-vintage movement, which has been steadily progressing through mainstream fashion, film and aesthetics, but even this cannot wholly explain steampunk’s appeal. The genre possesses a life of its own that draws in fans from countless directions and backgrounds into a world where fashion is tailored to the individual, goods are made to last, and machinery is still regarded as a thing of visual majesty.

Steampunk sounds great! Where’s an easy place to start?

The basic rule of thumb for steampunk is “start period and then add.” One of steampunk’s great advantages is that the period it is inspired by, the Victorian era, saw the invention of photography and cinematic film. These in turn allowed for a visual record of people from all different classes, cultures and backgrounds, providing an unprecedented amount of reference material. People looking for fashion ideas, character inspirations or scenes to describe can find a wealth of starting points in the countless vintage photographs and film reels left over from the 19th century. All that remains is to add to or modify the depictions to taste, though it must be remembered that many aspects of a steampunk world and its people will likely remain virtually indistinguishable from the period that inspires them.

by: G. D. Falksen

8 Corsets for Looking Gorgeous and Feeling Sexy

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This post is for all of our Gorgeous Atomic Diva's out there. 

I know what you want. You want to leave your house looking gorgeous and feeling sexy. You want the curves of Marilyn Monroe and Betty Davis eyes. Do you know the kind of woman I'm talking about?

The kind of woman that commands a room when she steps in. A woman that makes that tall, dark, and handsome stranger thank God he's a man. Well girl, I have got just the corsets in mind to make it happen for you. 

Get ready to fall in love with your new favorite outfit - because today's post has some of our best head-turning pieces. 

Gothic Fashion & Victorian Fashion

We are starting our list off strong, with a delicate and unique Gothic corset. This overbust corset is delicate, romantic, and feminine. Envision yourself as the ultimate Gothic princess while wearing this one with your favorite jeans, black skinnies, or pencil skirt. 

The satin pleats, the bows, the lace - it's almost too perfect.  Puffy cap sleeves finish the look off, making this piece a touch Victorian fashion, too. The back laces up beautifully with a ribbon and zipper closure. 

Tim Burton Character Style Corset

Can you say, sizzle? OMG this corset is so sexy. That isn't even the best part. It's versatile. It's a goth corset. It's a Victorian corset. 

It's easy to picture this corset featured on one of Tim Burton's leading ladies. His favorite muse, the lovely Miss Helena Bonham Carter would totally rock this bad boy on the Red Carpet. You can take a peek at some of her corset love over at this post

The jacquard print fabric offers compliment to the antique front buttons. The back laces up with heavy cord lacing  and it comes with steel bones.  You know what that means? This Gothic corset is available for tight lacing.

You might feel this one is a bit too risky for the office, so throw on a blazer or a cardigan over it to downplay the sexiness. Accessorize to your hearts delight with this piece, ladies. The monochromatic nature of the overbust corset makes this the perfect piece for busting out that statement necklace you have been looking for an excuse to wear. 

White Overbust Corset 

Our last two feature corset's took a walk on the dark side. Here's one that brightens things up a bit. 

The wide shoulder straps will give you a bit of extra support. This is huge for ladies who are afraid to go strapless because of a larger bust area. The delicate ribbon lace-up front and back makes this piece a classic corset top. 

The old saying, that black makes you appear slimmer is false. I know. We've been lied to. The truth is a well fitting piece of clothing, like this corset top will make you appear much more slender than any ill fitting or not nearly as sexy dark colored outfit ever will. Keep that in mind while admiring this beauty. 

 

Underbust Corsets 

Underbust corsets can be worn over or under clothes. These next few we will be talking about wearing over clothing to create a new look to an old favorite. The tank top.

We've all got them. Under our favorite shirt or by layered by themselves worn with jeans; the tank is an essential. Now, what if I were to tell you this staple piece of clothing could go from laid back to sexy in the time it took to fasten a few hooks and tie some ribbon?Sounds pretty good, right?

Take this Black And White Stripe Halter Underbust Corset. This can be worn over anything. A T. A blouse. What the model shows- over a tank, is the perfect fast outfit change. She went from low key to; OMG, like, whoa!  The halter gives you support and ensures this baby isn't going anywhere. 

The SteamPunk Underbust Corset

Remember when I said you "could" wear an underbust, under your clothes? This piece is a great example that you would not want to do that with. The fantastic buckles and chain accent would snag against your outer layer and even worse; they would be hidden!

Don't make the corset sad like that. Instead let your inner SteamPunk princess out with this SteamPunk Corset. 

Because this corset is steel boned, go ahead and cinch your waist to your hearts delight. The double zipper front closure and faux leather panels will help keep your tummy area nice and smooth while you flaunt that teeny-tiny waist. It's a win-win. 

Honestly, go crazy with the creativity of this underbust corset. Pair with jeans for a western SteamPunk feel. Go with a flowy skirt for a victorian fashion Steampunk look. 

Waist Trainers 

Hollywood is obsessed with waist trainers. Heck, I'm obsessed with waist trainers. They are a bit different than the underbust corsets we talked about above. Let us examine. 

You know Kim Kardashian's waist trainer? The one she uses over her clothes at the gym and under her clothes pretty much everywhere else? Ok. Well that type of trainer is the style below. In fact, if you check her pics, this one matches hers to a T. (Or a "K")

This is a latex waist trainer. It has steel bones and fastens in the front. It's also referred to as a vest waist trainer because of the underbust style. 

If you are looking to lose weight, train your waist, or melt off those extra inches while you workout like Kim K does, this is your new BFF.

 

Foundation Waist Trainer

At the beginning of this post I told you I had chosen corsets to help you look good and feel sexy. With a piece like this underbust waist trainer, you can achieve a smaller appearing waist under any outfit you already own. 

It can be a huge boost to your confidence to have a foundational piece like this underbust corset in your closet. Any dress or shirt can be layered on top and by the very nature of the corset - you will not be able to detect you are wearing it underneath. 

This black underbust corset features steel bones and 3 levels of adjusments via the front eyehooks. This means the corsets can grow smaller (or bigger, after that extra piece of pie) with you. 

The LongLine Waist Training Corset 

Whenever I see this lovely long line waist training corset, I am immediately transported to Kate Winset's character of Rose in Titanic. I adore the Victorian fashion influence this simple and elegant piece presents. 

This piece can literally perform, any of the functions previously mentioned in the post to this point. You may choose to wear this piece as a corset top. It can be worn over pants with the bottom tucked in, or over a skirt with the bottom over the top - and create a gorgeous silhouette.

This steel boned corset is also a waist trainer. It has 26 spiral steel bones that draw the waist in, allow for tight lacing and keep the tummy flat.  If using for waist training it should be worn under your outfit. Although, you may choose to wear a light T or camisole underneath for comfort. 

 

Spring Festival Wear

We got through all those fabulous corsets! Did you choose your favorite?

Now, because spring is just around the corner - peeking her head out slowly, as a bonus - I choose a few pieces to help you out with your first festival of the year. 

 

 

First up, the Bell Raiser Paisley Print Red Dress. It's long sleeves are bell shaped. So hippy - so Coachella. Don't forget to peep the crochet at the bottoms. Best worn while swaying on the grass and laughing with friends.  

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If you think you might be in for a long day of walking - opt for this flowing fringe tank. Great length for extra coverage and loose enough to be layered for a different look. Bangles and flower crown accessories encouraged. 

We hope you already know how beautiful and sexy of a woman you are. Having the extra help of a killer outfit and the waist cinching a corset has to offer can only add icing to the cake. Go ahead and imagine yourself in your favorite and don't be shy about reaching out to us for help with choosing the best size for you. Send your question to support@atomicjaneclothing.com 

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Top 7 Steampunk Movies

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Here at Atomic Jane, we’re a little obsessed with Steampunk these days and with good reason. That reason? Because it's awesome.  Are you a movie buff who loves the unique? Adore a fantastical story set in another era, or even dimension? If you enthusiastically said "Yes!" then you need to check out Steampunk movies. 

*Bonus we've thrown in a few outfit ideas if you want to pay a little homage or get into some cosplay. Without further adieu – let us begin:

Mad Max Fury Road

This Steampunk movie took the world by storm. I mean, hello? It was nominated for an Oscar. Not just any Oscar either, Picture of the Year. While it didn’t win, Fury Road fans are a fierce and fiery bunch so you can guarantee there is a sequel in the works. 

 

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In this crazy high-action, thriller film – we get to experience a post-apocalyptic world filled with Steampunk delights. The best way to describe this story: Man is captured, man escapes, man and a tribe of beautiful women go on the baddest, bloodiest, road race you have ever seen. 

As you might have noticed above, yes, Charlize Theron is in it, and yes, she is wearing goggles. If that doesn’t say Steampunk we don’t know what does. Be sure to enjoy all the details of this film, the metal, the chains and, of course, those bad boy cars.

 

Mad Max Inspired Fashion

The female costumes in Mad Max range from tattered-torn rags and leather to well-fitted bodices. For that reason we choose this bad girl- one shoulder Steampunk over bust corset. 

This black faux leather steel boned corset features a heavy cord lace up back. Heavy cords can be used for tight lacing.  Front zipper closures and underwire cups will help this piece hug your body and give your bust support. 

 

Golden Compass

The film adaptation of the beloved modern classic, The Golden Compass, absolutely makes our list. If you are unfamiliar with the story here is a brief summary. This story takes place in an alternate universe where a church, named the Magisterium, rules the world.

Our hero is young Lyra. Lyra is accompanied by her animal – which also happens to carry a portion of her soul. After witnessing some horrible stuff, Lyra goes on the grandest of adventures. Did we mention there are also evil kidnappers called the Gobblers?

As you can see from this image, Lyra’s animal companion is wearing the coolest armor any animal has ever had. This mix of fantasy, mechanics, and wonder makes the Golden Compass steam lover approved.

 

The Golden Compass Inspired Fashion

This outfit combo honors the films magical moments, yet nods it's hat to the classic pieces featured throughout the film. 

This lovely black over bust corset is solid in the bust area with a see through elastic mesh throughout the bodice and has a black ribbon lace up back. If you are feeling a bit modest layer this corset with a tank of your choosing underneath.

 

Wild Wild West

Next up; an oldie by goody. Will Smith’s 1999, Wild Wild West takes on the western Steampunk movie genre head on.  Technically, it's a remake the 1960’s television show – but most would agree this film had little to do with the original inspiration. This rendition is all gadgets, gizmos, and giant mechanical spiders.

A central point of Steampunk is taking the past, and re-imagining with technology from the future. By definition; cowboys + robots = Steampunk.

Wild Wild West is a comedy. Rare, when it comes to Steampunk movies so don’t expect deep thoughts. Instead, sit back and get lost in the steam tankers and flying machines…and cowboys.

 

Wild Wild West Inspired Fashion

This Steampunk Halter has steel bones and captures the essence of steam with its black and brown steel boned bodice. The faux leather and metal accents will look great with chunky accessories like boots or platform sandals. Heavy cord lace up back, for all you gals who love your tight lacing. 

 

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

League of Extraordinary Gentleman is a Steampunk triple threat. Originally a graphic novel, the series boasts mad spin-offs, and of course, the 2003 film. Starring Sean Connery, this was his last performance before entering into retirement. Back in 2003, the world was not yet obsessed with comics turned to film, not just yet. Because of this the movie fared only so-so with viewers.

But that doesn't mean it's not still one fantastic steam movie.On a previous blog we reviewed the series if you’re interested in learning more about the plot – which features beloved characters from the Victorian age, such as Mina from Dracula and Captain Nemo. 

The graphic novel series is straight Victorian Steampunk, and the film tried to stay as close to volume one in the series as they could. Great news for Steampunk movie buffs: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2 is in the works. You can expect more on this later this year.

 

A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Inspired Fashion

In the film, Mina sports a black metal overbust corset. Since a full-on metal corset might not be the most comfortable, we went for the next best thing. Check out this vegan leather overbust corset, complete with tons of metal.  

 

Haven't heard of vegan leather yet? Check out a past post and learn more about it. This overbust corset can be paired with leather leggings, jeans or your favorite bottoms for fighting crime and saving the world. 

 

Van Helsing

Monsters galore! If you love steam, and you love horror –  it should be no surprise Van Helsing made our list.

Van Helsing re-imagines the slaying of Dracula. Only this time, Frankenstein and werewolves are involved. Amazing, right?

Action packed, dark, gothic, and full of Victorian Steampunk nods. Starring Hugh Jackman as the title character and Kate Beckinsale as Anna. This is Kate’s second time being featured here on the Atomic Jane blog. We adored her Underworld corsets in that post and she looks just as amazing in film.

 

Van Helsing Inspired Fashion

Kate's costume is a super-sexy underbust corset. Underneath she wears a blousy- light, floral top.   This brown faux leather underbust would totally get her character's approval. 

The side halter design gives extra support. This stunning halter under bust has awesome front buckle details with a front busk closure, and stud details along the edges. The back laces up for cinching and, of course, it's fully steel boned. Take your inspiration from Kate and match with a pop of color and your favorite jeans. 

 

Sleepy Hollow

1999 was a good year for Steampunk movies. Not only did we get Wild Wild West, but Tim Burton brought up Sleepy Hollow. To be fair, pretty much anything Tim Burton touches will usually have Steampunk undertones. Sleepy Hollow, however, is the real deal.

The movie starrs, pretty much, everyone’s favorite actor, the one and only Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. The movie is based on the 1800’s story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  Depp plays Ichabod Crane, a police constable investigating a slew of grisly murders and a nightmare invoking bad guy, eloquently known as, the Headless Horseman.

My favorite part of this movie is the fashion. Victorian, corsets,  and velvet, mixed with Gothic fashion – give tons of inspiration for your next Steampunk outfit.

 

Sleepy Hollow Inspired Fashion

A movie about a man without a head totally deserves an outfit with a spooky flair. 

The Atomic Black Skull Underbust Corset features an all over skull print, solid black trim, a steel front busk closure and a lace up back. A matching thong is included. Take cues from our outfit combo above and layer over your favorite little black dress. 

 

Robots

It might surprise you that a cartoon made the cut. This isn’t just any cartoon. The adorable and addicting 2005 film, Robots, is amazing. The graphics are terrific. There are tons of inside jokes, only adults could appreciate and it’s seriously steam.

Robot’s introduces us to a world where everyone is…you guessed it! A robot. The main character, Rodney Copperbottom (how cute is that name?) is voiced by Ewan McGregor. Some of the other big names you will recognize; Mel Brooks, Robin Williams, and Greg Kinnear.

Steam powered machines, futuristic technology, and lots of gears make Robots full steam ahead. We highly recommend adding this little gem to the Netflix cue.

 

Robots Inspired Fashion

If you have ever wanted to be a robot, but worry all those actual gears and metal costume might be a bit confining, this under bust corset is the next best thing.

This stunning Atomic Dark Brown and Black Steam Steel Boned Underbust Corset is a brocade Steampunk underbust featuring 14 steel bones, heavy cording and a modesty panel. That means you can get your tight lacing on to your hearts desire!

It features so many leather accents, four heavy front metal clasp closures, four zip front details, and a long, metal Victoria style chain. The bottom has metal rivet details over triple cascading black faux leather. Let your inner robot our with this super-steam-loving piece. 

There you have it, our favorite 7 Steampunk movies. Have you seen them all? Which was your favorite (we're going to guess, it was Mad Max). Go ahead and let us know in the comments. If you're totally loving these corsets and need help choosing the perfect size send us an email at support@atomicjaneclothing.com

 

Steampunk Books – Reading Recommendations and Your Guide to the Genre

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Today we will be diving straight into the ever growing eclectic and enticing genre of Steampunk literature. So grab your finest reading monocle and get ready to discover your new favorite Steampunk book.

Mini Steampunk Overview

In case you are unfamiliar with Steampunk – here are the basics.  You can read  a more in-depth history of Steampunk here in this blog post. 

Steampunk is a retro-futuristic style of art, clothing, and as we are talking about today, literature. The style includes Victorian, fantasy, the Industrial Revolution, and often a futuristic Wild Wild West.

You know how Star Wars is kind of like, the Cowboy and Indian days of the future on a planet with super-technology? Ok. Now, hold on to that thought and imagine our own history re-imagined with super-technology involved.

Pretty cool, right?

The Steampunk Book Genre

The genre is active and rapidly growing. A quick search on Amazon Kindle available titles launches over 700 titles in the Steampunk genre. That’s a pretty pennies worth of metal gears and top hats. If you are looking to check out some passionate, period-set adventure stories; start with Kindle eBooks.

One reason, if you have Prime subscription most of the books are free. Another, most of these self-published books can be snatched up for $3.00 and under. Since the most authentic steamers would probably prefer a leather bound hand-written novel – they might protest. However, an electronic reading device is kind of amazing in itself and the other half of the authentic steam community should appreciate this. Touché.

Must Read List Featuring Amazing Steam Heroines

Here’s a list of reading material to scratch your steaming itch for a good read.

  1. The Girl in the Steel Corset

Come on now, you know I was going to love this one! The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross (Kathryn Smiths pseudonym) is the first book in a YA series The Steampunk Chronicles.

Don’t let the YA label be a turn-off. After all, Harry Potter is technically a children’s book. YA brought us Twilight, The Hunger Games, and by way of proxy, 50 Shades of Gray.

In Cross’s story, Finely Jayne the lead protagonist is a certified badass. She’s totally empowered, not afraid to fight the bad guys, and brilliant to boot.

Make sure you buy the copy with the prequel novella introducing you to Finely so you don’t miss a thing.

  1. Boneshaker

Cherie Priest brings alive Briar Wilkes in the adventure loving novel, Boneshaker. Part of The Clockwork Century series, Boneshaker is full of; mysteries, airship, Steampunk elements…oh, and zombies.

Yes! I said, zombies. Cherie, how could you know to hit every sweet spot in one short book? Briar wandering through a post-apocalyptic Seattle in the 1800’s will leave you delighted and sometimes terrified. But, in a really good way. I promise.

  1. The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel

By now you may have noticed, the word, “Clockwork” is popular in Steam Lit. Don’t let that dissuade you from trying out Colleen Gleason’s heck of a ride-read.

Ok - are you ready for the juicy details? Get this. The sister of Bram Stroker, Evaline, and the niece of Sherlock Holmes, Mina, team up. To solve mysteries…and hunt vampires.

I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. It’s steam. It’s Victorian. It’s 1889 in London and it’s fabulous.  You will thank me, for this one.

Honorable Steam Mentions

Frankenstein

Mary Shelley wasn’t messing around when it came to churning out a seriously, scary story. That woman was like, “Oh, you want nightmares? I got you. “

While Frankenstein might not immediately strike you as a Steampunk book let’s examine the facts: the book is science fiction and by default, it takes place in Victorian times. Sounds steamy to me.

Leviathan (The Leviathan Trilogy)

Leviathan is one of the most beloved books in the steam genre.  History buffs will get a kick out of Scott Westerfeld’s reimagining of World War I in an alternate historically universe. There’s a bit of actual history, such as the basics of how WWI actually started. Strong female character-lovers will delight in the character of Deryn. 15 years old and impersonating a boy (Dylan) to sneak her way up on to the British Air Service war machine, aptly named, the Leviathan.

Popular Classics

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has the distinction of making our list yet not being a “book” This comic book series is written by Alan Moore and drawn in painfully intricate detail, by Kevin O’Neill.

This story is told over 12 comics split into 2 series, a graphic novel, and a spin-off trilogy. The series uniquely incorporates many other works of fiction within the world of “League”.

League is set in Victorian England, with characters such as Captain Nemo, Fu Manchu, Dr. Jekyll, The Invisible Man and Sherlock Holmes arch nemesis. They encounter the events of Wells’s, The War of the Worlds, and Nineteen Eighty Four, among other popular steam genre references.

The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass has been described as a children’s book that can only be appreciated by the adult reader. Philpp Pulman’s masterpiece is considered to be a modern fantasy classic, and a favorite Steampunk book.  

The story features in no particular order: magic, science, theology, fantasy, and a polar bear that wears metal armor. That’s one serious punk polar bear.

Fascinating Books with Fascinating Authors

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Again, here we have a case of steam genre-by-default. This classic horror story is set in England which by now you may have you noticed, Steampunk and old-time England go together like peanut butter and jelly.

For me, I think an interesting tidbit about Jekyll and Hyde is the author, Robert Louis Stevenson. Here we have a man who writes the loveable classic Treasure Island, goes on to create A Child’s Garden of Verses. I’m pretty sure everyone reading this now had to copy his Daffodils poem onto construction paper in 3rd grade, or at some point of elementary school.

Then, after he writes a bunch of sweet children’s poems, what’s his next big move? A creep-tastic journey into the human psyche. Alright, Robert, whatever float’s your Steampunk boat.

The Time Machine

H.G. Wells. What is there to say about this guy? Can you even imagine what it must have been like to hang out with him? Not only did he give us The Time Machine – uber Steampunk, time traveling/ dark, futuristic masterpiece, but also like, a bunch of other crazy good pieces of writing. The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau…really?

Herbert George certainly had a penchant for crafting an enchanting tale. In The Time Machine, a classic English dinner party introduces a group of proper gentlemen to the idea of “the fourth dimension”. I don’t think I’m giving anything away here by letting you know there will be some traveling in time by the books end.  

This book is sci-fi tested, steam lover approved. As a plus, you get to tell people you’re currently reading some H.G. Wells at your next cocktail party.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Are you ready to kick it old school, as in 1869 school? That was the date this classic was first published and it’s been a favorite among the super science fiction loving crowd ever since. Jules Verne’s is hailed as a visionary for predicting futuristic technologies, such as a suit that would allow you to dive undersea and not drown, an electric motor, and major warships.

The book is articulate, science heavy, and written in true Victorian fashion.

Whew! What a post. Did you find your next Kindle read? Don't forget, most of these books especially the classics are available as an audio book. Go ahead - indulge yourself in the world of googles, dark/ dreary London, and the future-past for your next read. 

If you find something you love - or I mentioned your favorite, please let me know in the comments. As always, if one of the corsets featured here strike your fancy we are available to answer any questions or help with sizing by contacting us support@atomicjaneclothing.com

Happy Reading!

A Classic Treat: Vintage Corset Looks

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Hey there Atomic Vixens!

Are you ready for a super- scrumptious, video treat? I hope so. Go right ahead and clear your schedule for the next 5 minutes.  You are not going to want to miss this.

Drumroll please: da da da da da da da da

Alright; that's enough suspense. Here's your treat:

Atomic Jane Clothing recently had the honor of seeing the one and only Miss CherryDollface (OMG!) put together some amazing, sexy, smart, vintage looks in one of her infamous Youtube videos. 

I know! Amazing right? We totally loved the tips and ideas she shared with her fans. Check it out for yourself. Don't forget to scroll down after the video for more info on the pieces Cherry wore. 

 

 

Outfit #1: The Nautical Striped Halter

Cherry made a great point. You can get two totally different looks by wearing the corset over your clothes or under. This piece is fun and versatile. The navy and white striped halter corset has matching striped lapels on the straps, a ribbon detail in front, satin bust with darts for shaping and satin trim along the lower edge.

It has a front busk closure, and a ribbon lace up back. Perfect with pants, jeans, skirt or shorts. Go anywhere in this one.

Outfit #2: The Versatile Black Underbust

Have a dress in the back of the closet that could use some new life? Add this underbust corset ontop like Cherry did to her dress. Of course you could always wear it under your clothes for cinching the waist and slimming the tummy area. 

This little corset has a clean, simple design with a four front busk closure and heavy cording in back for tight lacing.

 

Outfit #3: The Adorable Vintage Pink Polka Dot Corset

 

Cherry choose to pair this cute little number with capri pants. We "heart" this. For her second outfit, she tucked it inside high waist shorts. Wow. What a complete different look. Perfect for an easy summer outfit. 

Adorable pin-up polka dot corset has detailed, black lace overlay bra cups with underwire support, attached, pink satin belt, little bow details, and  hook and eye back closure.

Outfit #4: The Naughty Vintage Steampunk Corset

This Stunning Black Brocade Corset features a steel boned bodice with faux leather accents and a removable high neck shrug, large snap up pocket attached, zipper on the side and a lace-up panel in the back. And of course. A thong. 

Outfit #5: The Sexy Goth Halter with Cool Clasps

 

This black Steampunk jacquard overbust corset has a halter neckline and turn back collar, adjustable clasp behind the neck, four metal front busk closures and a "V" cut on bottom edge.

Both the top and bottom edges are trimmed in faux black leather. It features a corded lace up back and includes a matching G-string.

Did you have a favorite outfit in Cherry's video? We want to know which one! Leave a comment or shoot us an email at support@atomicjaneclothing.com

Steampunk Fashion: What Exactly Is It?

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Steampunk Fashion Steampunk Corset

 

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

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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!

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"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.

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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

ATOMIC BLACK LEATHER STEEL BONED STEAM ONE SHOULDER CORSET
We're really starting off our Steampunk corset list with a bang with our Atomic Black Leather Steel Boned Steam One Shoulder Corset! I mean, look at this thing. This punk inspired Steampunk corset features a one shoulder design (such a sexy detail) and beautiful, interesting lines running all throughout the bodice.

 

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

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

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

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!

 

 What's Next?

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 support@atomicjaneclothing.com!

 

Until next time, happy shopping Atomic Babes! 

5 Must-Have Steampunk Accessories!

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Steampunk Accessories

The Steampunk world is one filled with romanticism, imagination, and fantasy! After coming to life in the '80s, the Steampunk movement has continually been on the rise in pop culture, namely in the fashion world.

The Steampunk aesthetic combines retro, romance, and revolution, and people just can't seem to get enough of this trend.

After gaining momentum in the high-fashion world, it didn't take long for Steampunk-inspired clothing to trickle down into the mainstream fashion world and to become available for all Steampunk lovers (like us!).

Because Steampunk fashion combines so many intricate and detailed elements, it can be tricky to know exactly where to start when making this movement your own!

Accessories are a huge part of what makes Steampunk the unique aesthetic that it is, so to give you a push in the right direction, we have compiled a list of 5 Steampunk accessories that we think are must-haves for your Steampunk-inspired wardrobe!

Let's go!

 

1. Steampunk Goggles. We're starting our list off strong with one of our favorite elements of the Steampunk aesthetic - bold, retro goggles.

A symbol of industry in the Victorian age, these goggles are a nod to the steam engines and machines of the past (and they look super cool).

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2. The Steampunk Top Hat. It wouldn't be Steampunk without a top hat! The Steampunk top hat combines the traditional trend of the top hat in the Victorian age, often decorated with materials and designs that allude to the technological revolution.

You can let your imagination run wild here with this example of detailed creativity pictured below. This is an opportunity to really make the look your own!

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 3. The Steampunk Corset. Because the Steampunk movement is so rooted in the Victorian age, it makes sense that the corset would be a must-have Steampunk accessory!

What makes a corset a Steampunk corset is the use of bold elements such as buckles, belts, and studs, and to give you an idea of what we mean, take a look at our beautiful Atomic Black Brocade Steel Boned Underbust Corset!

This corset makes the absolute perfect Steampunk accessory with all of the standard Steampunk elements being represented. This is a great go-to corset for your Steampunk fantasies and will give any of your outfits that extra pop! 

Click on the image below to be taken to its purchase page on our website. 

ATOMIC BLACK BROCADE STEEL BONED ZIPPER UNDERBUST CORSET

 

4. The Steampunk Necklace. Finding the perfect Steampunk-inspired jewelry can really take your Steampunk look to the next level! We love a bold, statement necklace like the ones pictured below, that last finishing touch to really Steampunk you up.

Steampunk Accessories

We have a lot of beautiful jewelry on our website, but we really can't get enough of this Atomic Bronze Steampunk Beetle Necklace pictured below! It just screams Steampunk with its intricacy and fantasy, the perfect statement piece to complete your ensemble. 

We sell this beautiful piece on our website for $39, also in copper and silver finishes. Click on the image below for a closer look! 

ATOMIC BRONZE STEAMPUNK BEETLE NECKLACE

5. The Steampunk Bag. Last but not least, the Steampunk bag is an accessory that has the boldness to really step up your Steampunk game, no matter which outfit you choose!

This bag has an undeniable toughness to it and combined with the softer and more feminine elements of the Victorian age, it will make you feel like the powerful, revolutionary woman that you truly are.

ATOMIC BROWN LEATHER HOLSTER BAG

Take a look at our Atomic Brown Leather Holster Bag! Although pictured here around the hip, this bag has the versatility to transform into a shoulder holster bag, as well as a cross-body purse.

The belts, buckles, and chains make it so incredibly Steampunk and the opportunity to switch up the structure of the bag makes it the perfect piece to complete any Steampunk look your heart desires!

Click on the image above to head on over to our website and purchase this piece for only $75!

There You Have It!

Although there are a lot more accessories where these came from, we find these 5 featured Steampunk accessories to be absolute staples when building your Steampunk wardrobe.

We hope we've inspired you to really take this movement into your own hands and make it completely your own!

Still not completely sure what the Steampunk movement is all about? Looking for a little more direction? Be sure to check out our Steampunk Fashion: What Exactly Is It? post for a deeper dive into this fantasy-driven world and all the elements that make it so special!

We've featured a couple of items from our website here, but you can check out the rest of our Steampunk stuff to gather even more inspiration for your perfect look.

As always, please feel free to contact us at support@atomicjaneclothing for any questions or comments about this post or anything in general. We look forward to hearing from you!

Until next time, happy shopping Atomic (and Steampunk) fans!

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