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We’re ready to step back in time and rediscover the punk in steampunk clothing…
The term Steampunk was first coined in 1987 by K. W. Jeter, author of Morlock Night. He used the term to describe a genre of speculative fiction in which steam, not electricity, drove technological advancements. Since then, the term has evolved to describe an artistic and cultural movement. Authors such as Tim Powers, James Blaylock, William Gibson, and Bruce Sterling have created worlds inspired by the Victorian Era, giving rise to the modern conception of steampunk, and enabling a fashion counterculture to be inspired by it.
As Steampunk grew, so too did steampunk clothing choices. From early nods to Victorian fashion with accessories like top hats and goggles, Steampunk eventually evolved to offer whole outfits that people could wear everyday. Today, it’s not uncommon to see steampunk dresses paired with leather jackets or steampunk accessories paired with simple, black clothing for a look that has character… but doesn’t look like a fancy dress character.
Our steampunk clothing covers all different kinds of steampunk. Like any genre, subgenres emerged. For the curious, the different types of steampunk are:
- Teslapunk - a subgenre of steampunk that is influenced by electricity rather than by steam. Teslapunk's name is derived from Nicola Tesla, an inventor and physicist in the field of electrical engineering.
- Dieselpunk - is understood to represent the change from steam-based technology to diesel-based technology.
- Atompunk - is a further concept that represents the replacement of steam engines by nuclear power.
- Clockpunk - doesn't stand for steam energy, but for watchmaking mechanics and timepieces, as the name suggests.
- DIY Steampunk - this way of life is all about recycling, repairing or rebuilding old technical equipment and DIY Steampunk fans love creating their own clothes
- Gaslamp fantasy differs from steampunk as it is less progressive and has less of a super-science edge.
Need some inspiration for your steampunk look? How about dark glasses, weapons, top hats and tails as well as Western-style clothing. Stand out from the crowd with steampunk clothing from EMP.
Steampunk fashion for women
Steampunk clothing for women includes a blend of heightened Victorian femininity and industrial fashion. Think a range of black dresses, leather jackets, skirts and tops with alternative embellishments and hard, durable materials.
Steampunk fashion for men
Steampunk clothing for men is all about embracing being the Victorian gent… with a twist. Vests. Waistcoats. Far from being gimmicky or costumey, there is definitely a sense of sophistication in steampunk clothing.