My first introduction into the aesthetics of the Steampunk movement was last year at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in NYC. I really loved the combination of the technological with fantasy. The focus on exposing the mechanics of an object or combination of objects. Look for this movement to inform mainstream fashion, possibly my own designs. I’ve picked a few images here that are the reasons I like this industrial aesthetic.
Wikipedia defines Steampunk as “a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain or “Wild West”-era United States—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the contemporary authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld and China Mieville.”