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tsukeru
08-27-2009, 06:17 PM
I have been hearing alot about steampunk lately but the question is - what is it? I mean, where did it originate from? Why cosplay it? Why are you into it? I'm very confused about the whole phenomenon that has been growing around it.

Kelley
08-27-2009, 08:00 PM
Basically everything I would say about "what is it ?", I've already said to someone on page three of the Steampunk Thread (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=158405&page=3). :)

It's basically "What if the future happened in the past ?". You can read about it in detail on Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk



Why cosplay it ? Well... why cosplay anything ? Because people want to, I guess.


I'm not really "into it" - but I created a character to go along with friends'. It's fun (even if I'm not done and probably won't be forever). It also lets people play with historical themes without the pressure of having to "do it right" - I'm not suggesting people shouldn't research what they do and incorporate historical techniques and design (in my opinion, steampunk with research put into it looks sooo much better to me than pure fantasy steampunk) - but it lets you play around and have more freedom in design and material and adornment.

Mehdia
08-27-2009, 08:32 PM
Basically everything I would say about "what is it ?", I've already said to someone on page three of the Steampunk Thread (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=158405&page=3). :)

It's basically "What if the future happened in the past ?". You can read about it in detail on Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk



Why cosplay it ? Well... why cosplay anything ? Because people want to, I guess.


I'm not really "into it" - but I created a character to go along with friends'. It's fun (even if I'm not done and probably won't be forever). It also lets people play with historical themes without the pressure of having to "do it right" - I'm not suggesting people shouldn't research what they do and incorporate historical techniques and design (in my opinion, steampunk with research put into it looks sooo much better to me than pure fantasy steampunk) - but it lets you play around and have more freedom in design and material and adornment.

As you usually do, you have summed this up perfectly. Steampunk in a sense is just that, steampunk. It's got so much going on with it you can't sum it up in one or two sentences. It is something you really have to look in to.