Category Archives: steampunk

League of Steam: Two for Dinner

I’m glad to see a new video has been released by the League of Steam, the funniest and best dressed steampunk comedy team this side of New Babbage.

In this episode, two members of the League have dinner at the house of a very strange friend. This is awesome! Solid acting and directing, and of course… exceptional steampunk costumes.

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The League of Steam Goes Ghostbusters

You just gotta love the Leage of Steam, L.A’s finest steampunk entertainment group. In their latest video, they parody the commercial from the Ghostbusters movie.

Awesome! To compare, here is the original commerical:

Coincidentally, a fan of the League recently made this Ghostbusters mashup with clips from the League of Steam’s videos. So very cool!

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[via LA Weekly]

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Dapper Toppers: Blonde Swan Hats

One of the things I have had cause to mourn in my study of historic fashion and costume is the passing of The Hat as a basic necessity of wardrobe into cultural oblivion. 

Up until about the middle of the last century, hats were an absolute MUST in Western fashion.  No decent person went out without his or her hat, and a whole set of manners and customs were attached to the selection and wearing (and doffing) of all manner of hats, caps and toppers.

Despite my sorrow at the disintegration of the culture of headwear into basebal caps and upside-down visors, there IS one advantage: anyone who is caught actually wearing a singular sort of hat instantly attracts attention!  Nothing completes a costume or period outfit like the proper hat.  It’s the candle on the cake, the filling in the pie–the last, perfect touch that takes your creation from the adequate to the sublime.

The next question which must be asked, then, is where to obtain such a marvelous thing as a quality hat.  I would like to draw special attention to the Blonde Swan, a Hatter in Ohio who turns out the most superb hats I have ever had the pleasure to see.

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The Tall Felt Topper and the Elizabethan Riding hat.  These are handsome enough photographed–in real life they are, simply put,  STUNNING.

Whether you’re in the market for something to complete your Steampunk, vampire, Renaissance, priate, fantasy or Victorian costume, they have something that fits the bill, and fits it to a tee!

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The Gunslinger and the Bulls-Eye Beauty–Old West or Age of Steam?  Either way!

 So if you’re looking for a hat of magnificent quality and reasonable cost, there’s no place for you but http://www.blondeswan.com.  Go check them out–you won’t regret it!

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The Broomrider and Deluxe Sassy Jackie.  The Broomrider is one of my personal favourites.  It’s perfectly smashing finish for a witch costume, but can also take any medievil costume from the historical to fantastic in an instant.  The Sassy Jackie is equally gorgeous, and can’t be beat for any sky or sea wandering pirette.

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Flying the Skies in Full Character

It’s almost certain that the good folks at the airport probably have seen just about every type of person come through those security lines in order to board a plane and jet off to some destination or other.  They see a continuous stream of men and women in business suits, teenagers in jeans and hoodies, and a whole range of ages dressed in clothes designed to make sitting still in Coach class for hours a little more bearable.  I’m sure this gets boring after a while, really.  So in my generous way I decided that I would break the monotony for them by wearing something really outstanding the next time I flew–something that would stick in their minds and perhaps provide a few minutes of entertainment. 

Actually, I just wanted to fly wearing something odd and cool.  No altriusm about it. 

This determination to don unconventional flying fashion led me, therefore, to choose this outfit when I went off to visit a dear friend a few weeks ago:

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Stuck somewhere between Victorian England and Steampunk.

The reactions of my fellow passengers were really interesting, actually.  Mostly I got either curious or sort of scornful looks, but I got a few more extreme responses.  Mostly it was delight and a little bit of confusion, but one other passenger went so far as to pretend I didn’t exist for the whole three hours I sat next to her.  

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I’m probably being unfair.  Maybe she just didn’t like my feathers.  I do, though!

The most awkward thing about the whole process was getting my hat through security.  The little rubber flaps on the X-Ray machine would have made a hash of the feather spray, so we had to take some extra measures to make sure that both the hat and everyone else came through intact and bomb-free. 

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Comfortable trousers, crazy high boots.  Love the lace and buttons.

The other hard thing was NOT breaking my ankles in these boots.  They are absolutely smashing to look at, but rather dodgy to walk in if you’re not used to very high heels.  It would have been easier if I hadn’t had to run to catch a connecting flight!

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“Bring the carriage ’round, Bane, I’m off to visit Miss Peabody!”

All in all, it was a really fun thing to do, and the clothes were remarkably comfortable.  People always assume that “fancy” means “unwearable”, and that’s certainly NOT the case here!  Want to recreate the look?  You’re in luck!  Everything but the shirt and the trousers is easily obtainable online.

The beautiful leather hat was handmade by the wonderful people over at http://www.blondeswan.com.  They’re a traditional hattery based out of Ohio, and their work and service is top notch!

The coat and attached vest actually come from http://www.angel-secret.com, a small company based out of Hong Kong that specializes in elegent and slightly unusual clothes for women and men.

The shoes are a product of Pleaser USA, a shoe company that makes shoes for just about every occassion!  These particular Funtasma “Splendor” boots have a very comfortable microfiber upper and a zip closure to go along with the very classy Victorian inspired lace and button details.

The particular gloves I’m wearing are fashion gloves from http://www.hottopic.com though any black leather or leatherette gloves will work. 

The shirt is a vintage piece I picked up some years ago, though it’s not so hard to find a button blouse with a ruffled front and cuffs as it used to be.  The trousers also I found some time ago, but any pair of gouchos or fitted pants would work just as well.

So–next time you fly, don’t be afraid to let your quirky side show!  It can be fun, and as long as you don’t make any of the security people nervous, it’s perfectly safe and stress-free as well. 

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Custom Built Steampunk Style Lightsaber on eBay

Steampunk Lightsaber

Check out this steampunk lightsaber! It’s available on Ebay, and the bidding ends in a day.

Features:

– Solid brass, steel, and copper construction

– Three emitters

– Brass O-ring for clipping onto a belt

– Working, spring-action “activation lever”

– Knobs and gizmos to give the saber the look of an impressive and adventurous energy weapon

This beautiful prop would make the perfect addition to any costume or display, adding class, elegance, and style to everything from an eccentric Jedi Master to an enterprising Victorian inventor. Well-made, sturdy, and fun to look at, this lightsaber is a gem of a prop!

Hmm, I notice the seller doesn’t specify the dimensions. Still, looks cool though.

[via Ebay]

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Are You Watching Riese: the Series?

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Are you watching Riese: The Series? It’s a steampunk adventure web series, and Episode 3 just came out. You should give it a try, it’s pretty good!

A mysterious wanderer, she travels with her wolf Fenrir across this barren land. Branded as heretics by The Sect, Riese and Fenrir will pause to aid those in need as they travel, but they must evade capture at all costs. As she flees, she’ll piece together her past and her destiny, in a conflict that will hold the fate of this world in the balance – and the once peaceful kingdom of Eleysia will be the battlefield.

This is the world of Riese.

[via Riese: The Series]

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Riese the Series: A New Steampunk Web Show

Riese The Series

I guess I’ve been living under a rock, because I only now just found out about Riese the Series, a super cool new steampunk show coming soon to Internets near you!

The story centers around Riese, a mysterious traveller being chased by assassins. Here’s an excerpt from the official website:

Riese The SeriesRiese, a seemingly random wanderer, is being hunted by a terrifying religious cult, The Sect. Traveling from nation to nation for years, she is accompanied only by a wolf, Fenrir. Together they must evade the assassins sent by the Sect – who’ll stop at nothing to complete the task they failed to achieve many years ago.

Her past is shrouded in mystery, as even Riese can’t recall the events of the tragic night when her entire family was slaughtered and she was forced to flee into the wilderness.

“Riese”, a unique and original steampunk-inspired web production shoots this August using the cutting-edge technology of the Red One camera system and slated for an Autumn launch.

I can’t wait to watch this! Sounds like a great combination of steampunk, fantasy, mystery and action. Ohhhh yes.

For some great insight into the production, be sure to watch the behind-the-scenes videos, and checkout these aweseome promo stills and concept artwork. Episodes should start airing this October.

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Doctor Steel is Awesome

Today I wanted to give a shout out to Doctor Steel, the musical mad scientist who likes to have fun. I’m sure many of you are fans already. The above video is fairly old, but it is so awesome.

Heavily influenced by steampunk, Doctor Steel is a musician and actor who’s organized a very large “army of toy soldiers” who’s goal is simple: Have fun.

“It all comes down to having fun. We spend our lives trapped, when all we really want to do is play. So, let the people play! Let us build a Utopian Playland.” ~Dr. Steel

Head on over to DoctorSteel.com and become a toy solider! You won’t regret it.

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