Since this week is already rather steampunk heavy, I figured why stop now.
It’s often the case that there is a lot of crossover into different interests when you’re dealing with things like Steampunk and different fandoms. One of my own is a little building brick called Lego. If you can say the same then go take a look at Empire of Steam and all of his little creations.
Photo taken from Empire of Steam
Even if you don’t you can at least marvel at what he has been able to create.
I have updated the original post with the designers links. I am also working on updating my photos with the designers name and link for each outfit as I can, but if you are looking for a particular piece it shouldn’t take you long to browse through the designers sites to find the one you want.
Once again at Wicked Faire G.D. Falksen and Evelyn Kriete hosted the Chrononauts parade. Unlike the fashion show, this is a chance for anyone at the event to walk in front of the assembled crowd and show off their outfits and hard work. Generally, anything steampunk or victorian inspired is allowed.
I think about 35 people walked this year. Everyone is divided into 3 groups: individual men, individual woman, and groups. Then there are prizes for the best in each category, so its still encouraged to show up in the best you have.
This year had a few problems. There was some mix up in the scheduling, resulting in not having the setup that we were expecting. For me, this meant that lighting was not up to what I expected, but I made do regardless. Once that was straightened out, things got under way.
It was a good time. Part of the fun of putting together a great costume or outfit is the chance to show it off. This gives any the chance to have a few moments in front of the crowd, and to show off their creativity. We even had a girl on roller skates this year.
There is no doubt that the steampunk world is filled with creative people. Just seeing what is worn around an event is evident enough. So what happens when they put on a fashion show?
Dress by Bizarre Boudoir
We found out at Wicked Faire. Now let’s be fair, this wasn’t the first one done, and won’t be the last I’m sure, but it is the best one that I’ve personally seen seen in terms of the entire production. Everyone out did themselves, the models and outfits looked fantastic, and it was a great setup in terms of stage and lighting.
Since this was a fashion show, I tried to incorporate photos of the entire outfit, even though I wasn’t always happy with all of my full shots from a photography standpoint. But I posted them anyway, so you can be the judge. Although I did create a set of my favorites photos and posted them at My Favorites
I’m home from the Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire. Overall, it was a good time. Old friends were seen, new friends were made, some good performances where watched, and many photos were taken.
Full write ups and photos will be coming over the course of the week.
If we met at the Faire please either comment or drop me a message in the contact section.
One more photo post from the vaults before Wicked Faire. These are also from Anime Next 2008, posted up to Flickr last week. On Friday of the con, I met up with Carrie, also known online as NeoAngelWink, who was wearing her Rockstar Mikuru outfit from the anime
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. (Yea, say that 5 times fast.) We did a small shoot outdoors before she had to run off to some panels.
You will be seeing more sets of her that I have taken, and hopefully will continue to take, over time.
I’ll be attending the Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire this weekend in Whippany, NJ
Ok, It is a Renaissance faire type of event that’s indoors because it happens in the winter, but it’s also a whole lot more than that. It’s become a larger mix of performers, vendors, and well, interesting people. I’ve attended two of the past three, and they have been a lot of fun.
There is also a very large Steampunk area this year. This is where I will be spending a lot of my time.
Included in this mix is a very special guest appearance of Terrance Zdunich, of Repo, The Genetic Opera fame. What, you haven’t seen it? Shame on you.
I spent Valentine’s day away from my computer with my better half, but still wanted to say something on topic about it. So how about the question of “Who says geeks can’t be sexy? ” Now, I know this has been floating around and already hit a number of of the big sites, but seemed to fit the bill. I present to you, The star trek inspired corset
Hmm..I think this topic will need to be explored more fully in the future…
Oh, and a thought to my friends on etsy that have been trying to get more exposure. Create something like this. The amount of free publicity this seller got over the last few days is staggering.
It’s always fun to experiment with different ideas and techniques. This shot was taken at night of a Jedi costumer. It was a hand held shot, with the only light coming from the Master Replica lightsaber a few inches from her face.
Though these are modern places, you can get a lot of steampunk inspiration from these. And as a gamer. I can really see the inspiration for some of the final fantasy stuff in these places. I wonder if the original team for FF VII looked here.
You’ll need to follow the links to the photosets on flickr.