Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Three Steampunk

Since Saturday was steampunk invasion day at Comic Con I rejected my normal retro attire from something a little more appropriate.

By Rebecca Rowan

I paired my spoons corset with a lighter skirt, vintage raw silk that I'd added a ribbon and ruffle on to. The skirt was a gift.

Over that I added a slip I'd made for a Mina Murray costume.

This slip that was comprised of the top part of a velvet 1930's dress combined with the bottom part of a 1920's dress. Both cannibalized from ripped items I'd been given by my mother's friends. Sometimes it helps to be known as that girl with all the period costumes.

The resulting look with striped tights and a little straw hat was rather cheeky can-can looking and not really my style, but cute and cool enough. As we milled about outside for an hour or more I found myself quite grateful to have the parasol!

I wore basic flats from my days working the Dickens Christmas Fair. These flats with a foam insert have seen me through nine years of four long weekends or more standing on my feet on cement for 8 to ten hours.

I was please to have them as the third day is often the worst. I only though to wear them at the last minute. Of course this outfit woudl have been much cuter with my button high heel boots.

But these flats worked fine and boy were they comfortable.

And the thing I always forget it that most of the time when someone take a photo, they forget the shoes, or are simply too close in a crowd. My partner is good about trying to get the shoes, but that's a rare thing in a photographer I find.

So to this combo of vintage slips, tights, and flats I added my black pocket belt carrier from the spoons and teal outfits. It's the same style and creation as the tan DIY one I blogged about before, made from a pair of cargo shorts.

The color pallet for this particular steampunk outfit is a bit classic goth and somber for my taste.

I prefer less black in my steampunk but the outfit was dictated by necessity and the original one, from the color pallet of the spoon corset itself.

Although, lately I have been thinking about mixing it up for my next steampunk event and pairing this corset with the fancy iridescent's trimmings.

But, I'm getting distracted, back to Saturday's Comic Con steampunk day.

I was certainly not the only lady there dressed in garb. Here, for your pleasure and inspiration, are a number of others in some amazing outfits! Enjoy.

I also got to meet Bruce Boxleitner there to talk about his new Lantern City steampunk project, but that's a story for the author blog, you Fashionable Reader are here for the clothes.

Don't worry, I have plenty of pictures of the gentlemen in steampunk garb as well. I'm prepping a blog post on the subject to run after I'm done with the Comic Con roster.

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.


  1. Awesome outfit. I love how you accessorized.

  2. Oh that is such an awesome corset!! I love the color! And the steampunk style bling!


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