By: Belle Wilmot
Not only was Abraham Lincoln a vampire hunter but he was also a steampunk. If you didn’t know either of these cold hard facts, you’ve really got to brush up on your history because they are both 100% true, Wikipedia can back me up on that. After blowing your mind with these facts you might be wondering exactly what steampunk is and I would love to enlighten you because it is extremely fascinating and some of the people who have tried steampunk fashion might surprise you, but we’ll get to those people in a little.
Steampunk is a type of science fiction that involves some sort of steam-powered machinery in a setting that is inspired by the industrialized west during the 19th century. The setting is usually set in an alternate history in the British Victorian era or American Wild West, in a post-apocalyptic future where steam power has recovered its mainstream usage. The influence of the steampunk culture is found in the books of H.G Wells and Jules Verne and modern novelists like Phillip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt and so on.
If you think you have never heard of steampunk or think it could never thrive in mainstream fashion, you would be wrong because there is so much steampunk influence that has happened recently by some very big names. First off, for their fall/winter 2012 collection, Prada did an entire menswear collection based off this industrial Victorian style. A few of the people that walked in that fashion show and modeled in the campaign are some pretty well known celebrities including, Garret Hedlund, Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe and Jamie Bell. Not only has Prada featured steampunk on their runway but also, America’s Next Top Model in cycle 19 did a photo-shoot surrounding this peculiar fashion, with steam-powered machinery like a train featured in the background.
To me the most shocking person I stumbled upon that has taken part in steampunk fashion is Justin Bieber. I know that he has been out of the spotlight for a while but during his prime you couldn’t turn a corner without hearing J. Bieb’s name or music. But did you ever watch his “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” music video? It might all be coming back to you now if you have because that whole video features steampunk fashion and machinery. Yeah, Justin Bieber, the most mainstream of us all has taken part in this not so ordinary fashion.
Now, maybe after learning that your once loved Biebs likes steampunk, and you’re super interested and want to take part as well, I have some good news for you, because there are plenty of steampunk meet-ups happening very closely to us. There is one in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that meets up every month and even Texas Tech has their own steampunk society!