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Unread 11-25-2007, 08:27 PM   #1
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steampunk necessities

I was gonna cosplay as a steam punk and I was wondering if there was anything aside from goggles, that one should have when cosplaying as a steampunk.

If you have items, if you can provide a picture, so I know what you're talking about.
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Unread 11-25-2007, 09:54 PM   #2
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Wait one sec.. Somewhere there's a REALLY good pic of a steampunk.. Hopefully, I can find it again...

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REALLY good steampunk example: http://nadyalevphoto.com/St0len.jpg

Good example if you're a girl: http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...er/EMPIRE1.jpg

Steampunk Jewelry ==> http://www.monkeyshinesbeadery.com/category/sold/
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Steampunk is sort of high-tech Victoriana, so go for Victorian-style garments with an industrial twist (more functional rather than frilly, usually), maybe a bit worn, leather instead of fabric, etc. Lots of brass buttons rather than zippers, pocketwatches, various brass doodads. Try looking at photos of working-class people from the 1800s and then punk it up a bit.

The LJ community http://community.livejournal.com/steamfashion/ is a great resource for ideas.
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Unread 11-26-2007, 12:13 PM   #4
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I'd check out the steampunk forums over at brassgoggles - they have lots of really cool ideas for props and apparel.
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Here's a tutorial for a cool pair of steampunk goggles

http://www.instructables.com/id/Goggles/
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Unread 11-26-2007, 12:34 PM   #6
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Alternatively to goggles...

If you use glasses, Bausch & Lomb still make the traditional side-mounted magnification loupes. I have a set of these for one of my costumes.

http://www.bausch.com/en_US/consumer...sic_metal.aspx

They're more attractive then goggles but equally as unusual.
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Unread 11-26-2007, 12:47 PM   #7
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Alternatively to goggles...

If you use glasses, Bausch & Lomb still make the traditional side-mounted magnification loupes. I have a set of these for one of my costumes.

http://www.bausch.com/en_US/consumer...sic_metal.aspx

They're more attractive then goggles but equally as unusual.
Oh, wow, thanks for that link. My normal wear glasses are these (I also think the green sunglasses on this page are pretty steampunkish), and that loupe will be awesome for my eventual steampunk kit.

Also, for a specific for the OP - figure out some kind of profession for your cosplay and have an appropriate prop. Most likely you will be some sort of adventurer; I've seen lots of cool guns out there.
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Unread 11-26-2007, 01:36 PM   #8
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Wow, these are awesome links! *bookmarks them*

Everyone's said pretty much what I thought of. I think leather especially for clothes/details on clothes--brown leather, very weathered, with metal parts/fasteners.

Thrift stores are a good idea for old leather jackets you can rip up, scuffed boots, etc.
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Unread 11-26-2007, 05:41 PM   #9
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I was thinking of getting some mock leather to make a corset and maybe get some laced fabric and spray glue it over the corset in spots, or should i just leave it as a regular leather corset with buckles and shoe like lace up on the side?
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Unread 11-26-2007, 06:16 PM   #10
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A lot of the steampunk aesthetic (at least, my favorite examples) really shines via contrasts - simple silhouettes, but lots of fine detail in places (rivets, gears, aging, etc.); organic vs mechanical; elegance vs grunge elements.

So, if the rest of your outfit is complex, I'd suggest making the corset in the plain leather with more subtle detailing/aging. But, if it's vice-versa, I'd suggest something fancier for the corset.
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Cool. Some very nice suggestions and links.

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