What is steampunk fashion
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Everyone will fall in love with the original design and elaborate craftsmanship. Such steampunk fashion and the world view of steampunk are one of the fashions and cultures born from the punk movement of the 1980s.
What kind of culture and world view is steampunk?
What are the characteristics of steampunk fashion? i would like to explain them
What is steampunk?
Steampunk (abbreviated as Schipan) is a style that imagines a fictional world set in the 19th century industrial revolution, and is a coined word created by combining "steam (steam engine)" and "cyberpunk".
Due to the popularity of different world fantasy light novels and anime, the steampunk world view has recently been attracting attention again.
Steampunk, as its name suggests, is characterized by a setting that uses steam (steam engine) as the main power source, and the atmosphere of the Victorian era in England.
The steam engine developed dramatically during the Victorian and Edwardian eras in England, the western reclamation era in the United States, and the Meiji and Taisho eras in Japan. Without the invention of computers, various things can be clarified by calculation, etc., and even though it looks analog from today's point of view, mechanical technology has developed dramatically and achieved advanced things. "Steampunk" has a retro-futuristic view of the world that can be said to be futuristic because it can
What is the origin of steampunk fashion?
Steampunk is popular as a classic science fiction world view, but now it is becoming more popular as a fashion item.
Where did the word steampunk come from?
Or it's a parallel world of the current world
In the world of steampunk, the steam engine is the power of choice. Electricity is generated by the power of the steam engine, and various scientific tools are created and utilized.
Despite being a sci-fi world, it has a somewhat retro steampunk world view. Based on a novel written in the 1980s, against the background of the industrial revolution in the Victorian era, when the world had the opportunity to develop at once.
The 1980s was the height of the punk movement in England.
The punk/new wave movement that began in London in the late 1970s shook the world with punk bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and the Ramones.
Lyrics and performances that incorporate the spirit of dissidents, such as lyrics that attack the royal family, government, major companies, and rock scene of their own country, which express the urge to destroy by destroying the values that have existed so far, are the punk movement. It is a characteristic, but also in fashion, we have established a novel fashion and established a new sense of values. Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood created the basics of punk fashion: safety pins, hair sticks, ripped clothes, zippered clothes.
On the relationship between steampunk and punk fashion
Punk fashion was born from music, but many other cultures with a defiant mindset of 'punk' have been derived from it.
One of them is "cyberpunk", and the retro-futuristic derivative of cyberpunk is now called "steampunk".
Cyberpunk is a future world view like "Blade Runner" and "Terminator" in movies
Although it is a work that depicts a future world that no one has ever seen, it is characterized by the rebellion against structures, mechanisms, and systems (so-called punk) and anti-sociality as one of the themes of the main character's words and actions and the work itself. is.
In the 1980s, when various science fiction writers were writing science fiction novels set in the Victorian era, science fiction writer KW Jeter wrote the following in a letter published in the science fiction magazine Locus in 1987: I'm here.
Personally, I wish there was a better word to describe the kind of mad historical Victorian fantasy that we write about. Is it possible to use a random name that describes the technology of the time... Steampunk, for example?
That's how the word steampan was born
What is the difference between steampunk fashion and lolita fashion?
Steampunk is a sci-fi genre with a retro-futuristic appeal. Steampunk, which expresses that worldview through fashion, is different from lolita fashion in that it is a world of freedom.
Lolita fashion has a wide range of genres, but there are rules for style, such as not showing too much skin, layering panniers to create volume, and so on.
In addition, Lolita fashion, which is based on medieval rococo and gothic stylistic beauty, has rules such as wearing tights and socks, not wearing sleeveless jumper skirts, etc. based on not showing skin because it is a lady. exists.
However, steampunk is a very free fashion, so you can enjoy customized fashion with free ideas.
On the features and details of steampunk fashion
- Victorian and Edwardian influences: Steampunk is based on late 19th and early 20th century Victorian and Edwardian fashion. The motif is the clothing style and accessories of this era.
- Retro-Futuristic: Steampunk also includes futuristic elements, but combines them with 19th-century technology and design. As a retro-future, the mechanical technology and industrial products of the time will be incorporated.
- Decorations such as gears and gears: Decorations such as clock gears and gears and steam engine parts are common. These items are commonly incorporated into clothing, hats and accessories.
- Leather and Brass: Leather items and brass decorations are often used. They give texture and weight to steampunk clothing and accessories.
- Lace and ruffles: Victorian influences may include feminine elements such as lace and ruffles.
- Multiple layers or layering: Steampunk clothing is characterized by a layered style that combines multiple layers. Layering vests, jackets, corsets, and skirts is common.
- Hats and goggles: Hats are also an integral part of the steampunk style. Top hats, stovepipe hats, and aviator hats are popular. Goggles are also sometimes worn on the head as a steampunk accent.
Steampunk and the world of movies and anime
Steampunk has had a great influence on movies and novels for a long time, but in Japanese culture there are many works that make use of the worldview of steampunk. As representative works, the animated movie "Steamboy" directed by Katsuhiro Otomo and the TV animation "Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress" broadcast in 2016 attracted a lot of attention not only from steampunk fans but also from those who are not. .
Recent trends may also set the stage for a hypothetical future in which electrochemistry did not develop, or that the previously flourishing world of chemistry has somehow become obsolete.
It is said that one of the major reasons why the steampunk worldview has been attracting attention in recent years is the sense of crisis about the future world due to the evolution of AI.
Imagine the world of the movie "The Matrix"
A future ruled by AI has arrived, and the world after destroying robots and AI.
Currently, artificial intelligence such as chatGPT is growing at a rate of 10 times every year.
Where electricity passes, AI and robots will monitor and control it, so humans dare to choose a way to live by sealing electricity and live extremely analog chemistry such as steam engines and gears. A new setting is born
Futuristic steampunk world is driven by AI evolution
At first, steampunk was a genre that moved cyberpunk to the 19th century as it was, but eventually the ``dystopian element where people are under thorough control'' faded and at the same time it established its own worldview. I will continue. The world view is "a future where steam engines continue to be the main power source." In general, the future that is the subject of science fiction is "the future imagined from the present", but the subject of steampunk is the future that combines elements of the past. I am fascinated by the retro-futuristic feeling.