Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Steampunk Inspiration


Steampunk! I may not always be blogging about it but I am usually thinking about it. Particularly the fashion. Here's some fun steampunk images that haev come across my screen recently.

Corsetry collection shoot at Salle Pianos. Euphrates Dahout in custom leather corset with separate buckle lapel piece and bias-cut plaid skirt. © Joel Aron. All rights reserved. by Dark Garden, via Flickr

"If an article is shown to you in Philadelphia as "something quite new," refrain from saying that it has been out of fashion these two years in New York."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

For my characters...

For Sophronia
Watch Fob, related the the California Gold Rush  1850s  Lang Antiques
Pocket Watch  1840s  Christie’s

 For Alexia

1870s Wedding Dress  1870s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1873-1879  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This could be a painting of Ivy

1874 An Elegant Lady  Alphonse Marie de Neuville  1874

 For Countess Nadasdy

1877  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 1879 Redingote, 1879-80  From the Musee Galliera

For Primrose

1897  Les Arts Décoratifs

 For Prudence

1900  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

"Dress very plainly when travelling. Few ladies that are ladies wear finery in rail-cars, and steamboats—still less in stages—stage-roads being usually very dusty. The best travelling-dresses are of merino, or alpaca; plain mousseline de laine, grey or brown linen; or strong India silk, senshaw for instance. In warm weather, gingham is better than printed lawn, which rumples and tumbles and "gets into a string" directly."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

1900 Gustave Beer, 1900-1905  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Lace spats! Eeep!
1900 Spats  1900-1925  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1904 Collar  1904  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 For Percy, perhaps
1906 Ensemble  1906-1908  The Victoria & Albert Museum

"Gentlemen consider it a very irksome task to go on shopping expeditions, and their ill-concealed impatience becomes equally irksome to you."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

After the turn of the century...


1922 Ski Ensemble  1922  The Victoria & Albert Museum

1960 Coat  Lilli Ann, 1960s  1stdibs.com

1965 Boots  Roger Vivier, 1965  Les Arts Décoratifs

1965 Ring  1965  1stdibs.com

1994 Ensemble  Jean-Paul Gaultier, 1994  The Victoria & Albert Museum

On the runways now...


Diana Orving Fall 2013 collection; Prada Fall 2013 collection

Dominic Louis via nymag.com Fall 2013 collection; Lena Hoschek Fall 2013 collection

2013 PRADA

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1 comment:

  1. I've always wanted to make that green dress (for Primrose)! My grandmother was Irish, and it reminds me of her...not stylistically, or time period, just the clover and color. One day I will be brave enough to try a version of it! Nice choices, all.....

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