The girls and I spent part of the afternoon at the Springfield museums today, perusing the various Steampunk exhibits currently featured there.
“What is Steampunk?” you ask.
Excellent question! CPT America and I were rather enamored with it a few years back. Basically, it’s an art and design subculture where science fiction, fantasy, and the Victorian era all merge and feed off of one another. Think Jules Verne and Mary Shelley on a date, time traveling to the post-apocolyptic Wild West in a steam-powered zeppelin. That sort of thing.
There now. Isn’t that clear?
Let me just show you some of the Steampunk bridal gowns we saw today. That will help.
This purple creation is pretty standard Steampunk:
The Victorian gown, the corset, the brass “fixtures” on the bodice…all very common for the genre.
Here’s a side view.
Pretty, isn’t it? I really like the detail on the bodice.
Now, this “gown” has a little bit more going on. You still get a Victorian vibe, but it’s a little more “out there”.
By the way, the goggles are very Steampunk. (Why didn’t I wear goggles to my wedding?)
And here’s the gown that I would choose to wear, were I to have a Steampunk wedding of my own.
It’s very subtle.
The fabric is printed with actual wedding vows in a beautiful script, and the veil is made from copper mesh.
The bodice has the most amazing detail; all sorts of watch parts, keys, lockets, beads and chains.
Two East Longmeadow artists collaborated on the gown – and, if anyone’s interested, it’s for sale. I didn’t check the price (I wish I had), but the museum has the information available at the security desk in the lobby of the Smith Museum if you’re so inclined.
From the living room, with three sleeping dogs and one energetic nine-year-old close by,