Saturday, 15 March 2014

International Steampunk Fashions Review


Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Victoriana Lady Lisa

Foreword and Steampunk 101
Written By
G.D. Falksen

Published By
Schiffer Publishing

Genre
Fashion, Art

Synopsis

Climb into your steam-powered time machine aircraft for a tour of the fashion world, steampunk style. This fashion backward collection features hundreds of intricate, creative, and visionary steampunk designs from top names in the business and fans from around the world.

Presented in high-quality fashion photography, the looks in this compendium include head-to-toe Victorian-era style coupled with futuristic, sci-fi concepts, as well as hats, jewelry, and other accessories. With fashions from as far away as Europe, New Zealand, and the Americas, this volume celebrates the diversity and innovators of this international phenomena and showcases works by contributors such as G.D. Falksen, Everlyn Kriete, Jon Magnificent, Kato of Steampunk Couture, Lex Machina, Lee Ann Farruga, Daniel Proulx, The League of S.T.E.A.M., Cris Ortega, Jema Hewitt, Dim Horizon Studio, Starkall, Empire Art, Abney Park, Brute Force Studios, Veronique Chevalier, and many more.

Complete with a foreword and "Steampunk 101" by G.D. Falksen, this is the book for designers, fans, and collectors.

Collecting since age 15, Victoriana Lady Lisa travels the world with her personal antique traveling museum of Victorian and Edwardian fashions and artifacts, c. 1840-1919.

Review

I love watching television shows and reading books about how people make their steampunk clothes and inventions.  I really think that some of the things these people come out with are absolutely stunning and massively impressive.

That's the case here.  Some of the fashions here are stunningly beautiful and each page had a different style or slant on the whole steampunk sub culture.  Considering I read books by James Blaylock and George Mann, it was utterly brilliant to see some of the things that they talk about in those fictional stories come to life thanks to these incredible designers.

In the hands of anyone else, some of the clothes and accessories here would look maybe even a bit silly or a bit cheesy but they have put so much detail, attention and, let's be honest here, love in to all of the things here that they just get better and better with each passing page.

The foreword and the 'Steampunk 101' parts of the book written by G.D. Falksen are a great addition to the book and really comes across as a brilliant introduction, not only to the book, but also to the world itself.  You can really see just how much of a labor of love this collection was and that shows here with this book.

If you are in to the steampunk of any kind whether it's the stories, the fashion, even the culture itself, then this book is a great addition to your library.  Some of the things that they have in this book are breath taking in just how beautiful they are.  Well worth picking up.

Presentation 8/10
Informative 7/10
Recommended 8/10
Overall 23/30

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