Since seeing some steapunk cosplayers at the October MCM London Expo, I've been pretty obsessed with it, so here's my attempt at a steampunk cosplay. I didn't make most of the clothes - the only item of clothing there I made myself is the red part of the skirt. I also didn't make the base of the belt myself, but I made all the leather things attached to it.
It's meant to look Victorian, but I've been told it looks Spanish and piratey lol so maybe I'm a steampunk pirate instead, you decide
The waistcoat, shirt, hat and black part of the skirt I got from various gothicy shops. The boots and the base of the belt and a few of the things dangling off it I got from charity shops. Some of the other stuff hanging off it I got from eBay. The pouches and pockets on the belt, as well as the necklace and red part of the skirt, I made myself.
Aah that sounds cool, how many will be in the group? I'm possibly wearing this to MCM on Sunday, if you're doing that on Sunday we should meet up
Socks like that sound rather cool, I want to update this somehow, like you say more cogs/gears and gadgets and stuff. I've just made a pair of clockwork wings with real working clockwork I'll get a pic of them up soon. Hopefully I'll be able to wear them to MCM providing they can withstand being bashed by crowds lol When are you going to get some pics of your costumes up? I'd love to see them!
Ooh haha! Alright then. I'm doing a Pokemon cosplay on the Sat, we're hoping to get a big group of all the gym leaders. Gonna be awesome
Thanks I probably won't get a pic of them up for a while, I'm going travelling for the next two weeks, and I won't be able to get any pics of them before then. Also I want to get a video of the clockwork, which could be interesting since my webcam is rubbish lol but when I do get a pic of them up, I'll let you know!
Ah thanks! Yes, I suppose so, I've seen some unvictorian steampunk outfits. When I started making it, I couldn't decide between an aristocrat character or an explorer character; I prefered the charater of an explorer, but I liked the sort of dresses aristocrats wore. And I ended up with this, which I quite like.
Those websites look really good, I'll definitely have a look round them. Thanks! And thanks for the faves, too. I'll be uploading some more photos soon, if you're interested
Yeah, the Victorians tended to be more austere. I see Spanish, or perhaps a very clean gypsy. It's the frills on the cuffs and collar, the boots, and the black lace (all of which I quite like) that aren't really evocative of the Victorian sensibilities. But at the same time, Victorian sensibilities almost can't produce a sexy costume.
Yeah, it's really not all that Victorian - but after looking at some other steampunk cosplays, there seemed to be a lot of different interpretations. I have to agree with gypsy, I did think that myself at one point. I originally wanted it to have a much more sepia colour scheme, mainly just browns and whites, but it was hard to find clothes of those colours. I think I might try to make another outfit at some point when I've got more experience with the genre that's more Victorian.
I'm not really very familiar with steampunk norms, but I am interested in it. But my impression is that this kind of costume is more common than a more "authentic" Victorian look. One good resource you might look into is Civil War re-enacting sutlers, who often carry good for women, which you could incorporate or modify. The other thing I might suggest is modified thrift store items.
Yeah, a lot of steampunk costumes have other styles as well as Victorian. I wanted to try to keep mine Victorian, but it was harder than I thought. I'll have a lookinto it, thanks for the suggestion. Heh, I work in a charity shop, and most things I use in my cosplays come from either charity shops or eBay lol