View Full Version : Kimono for Steampunk
05-18-2011, 10:44 PM
So, my friend and I want to go to the Steampunk Ball at A-kon and since it's semi-formal I've been trying to figure out what to wear. I remembered that I just bought this bright coral kimono and I have a teal corset that coordinates with some of the detail... this was not originally what I had planned to do but I couldn't find the belt for my other plan.
The corset isn't laced and the outfit was only thrown on quickly to get an idea of how it would look so please excuse how sloppy it is. And also the fact that in my haste I put the kimono on like I was dead... Sorry the room is so messy, I just moved home from college.
Here's what I want to know:
Is this too bright for steampunk? I know color is okay with steampunk but is this too much? If it's not (and I actually put everything on correctly) what ways would you recommend to accessorize it that are inexpensive?
05-19-2011, 12:18 AM
No such thing as "too bright". If anyone complains, say "aniline dye" and if they don't get it, that's their lack of understanding of Victorian technology.
The Victorian era was actually known for some really bright colours. Once the means to produce them was invented, people went nuts for them and yes, some really ugly things happened.
That's a test strip of aniline dye. Even in just a few decades, you can see how much the dye faded, compared to the top, fresh dye. So if Victorian dresses look "faded", that's not necessarily how they started out.
Natural dyes were also capable of creating bright colours, to an extent.
Here's an interesting set of plates from Japan : http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/basje/9118221xq6.jpg
And here's what some awesome people on another forum I go to did : http://wingsofsteam.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/nerf02.jpg "Nerfpunk"
Steampunk can really be anything you want it to be. Yes, there are general aesthetic guidelines, sort of. But think of it as writing a story - think of "Victorian Science Fiction". You have SO MUCH room to do pretty much anything you want and still have connections to that root.
My only critique is that the boots look a little out of place. I don't know your time or budget, but maybe you could steamify some flip-flops and tabi ? Or something to make them *mesh* with the overall outfit. I think they could work, but they just stand out right now since they're not like anything else - the corset and kimono cooridinate, but the boots are a totally different colour, you know ? O.o *bad at explaining*
Hair ornaments or a parasol might be cool. Or if you got a bit of coordinating fabric and used it as a long shawl like this : http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mWE3PlAZklQ/TcZvKhsvXNI/AAAAAAAAA4U/GQtWbw8DqLc/s1600/1807-22+redingote-walkingdress+silk%2526mohair+ottoman+Kashmir+wool+ shawl+KentStUMus.jpg , I think it might add a bit "extra" without much work. :) Plus, with a nice length of fabric, you can tie it up in interesting ways if you don't want to be having it draped over your arms (and is very nice to have if you're chilly). Practical ! Which is certainly a steampunk value.
06-27-2011, 01:11 AM
I think you should definitely do something with your hair, I second the hair ornaments suggestion. You could also have some charms hanging from the belt, like the obi ties. I also think geta shoes or something similar would be better.
07-29-2011, 01:40 PM
I remember seeing a picture somewhere of a Meiji-era Japanese outfit. The lady was wearing a kimono tucked into a pair of hakamas, but the hakamas were capri-length, the better to show off the victorian "granny" boots worn underneath.
Something like that might form the beginnings of an awesome Japanese steampunk outfit.
07-29-2011, 05:58 PM
I think the colours are fine. Historical fashion magazines often talk about colours such as emerald & puce & peacock blues, which are by no means pastel.
Accessorize the heck out of yourself with various steampunk trinkets & I think you'll be just fine.
07-29-2011, 08:55 PM
Sadly, the event has already passed about a month and a half ago. I wore something else because the person who was going to help me get dressed didn't come... I can dress other people in kimono but not myself! XP The reason I was wearing the boots is because you're not supposed to wear geta with kimono, those are only for yukata, and I didn't have any zori until about a week ago. I'll work on it again and try to make it work if I ever have the opportunity to go to a bigger steampunk event, thanks for the suggestions!