Clothes by Autumn Anglin, wings by Andrew Anglin*
I was initially intrigued by the fact that there were muddy bootprints on the runway pre-show, which turned out to be very telling of the steampunk movement. It’s a gritty but playful mishmash of modern and ancient cultures.
The show started with a walk by a bagpipe player and a woman wielding two swords. It unfolded in a flurry of Victorian dresses, Gothic capes, punk-inspired hair, Lady Gaga-esque headpieces and Star Wars-style accoutrements. Was Anglin influenced by Mardi Gras dancers? Geishas? Pirates? All of the above.
Oh, and then there were the wings, worn by a man dressed kind of like Jacob from Lost and kind of like Jason Mraz. They slowly unfolded from a backpack with a smooth, mechanical grace and gleamed as he moseyed down the runway. It’s a good example of steampunk art/design. The wings are intricate but useless ornamentation in the real world, but with a dash of imagination they become a practical contraption in a land filled with hulking machinery and futuristic technology.
So maybe I’m starting to understand steampunk. Steps to enlightenment: (1) insert head into clouds, (2) enjoy the ride!
VIDEOFUN: Here‘s a clip of the runway if you’d like to see all of the kooky looks!
PHOTOFUN: Check out my Flickr for more shots of the steampunk folks.
Andrew Anglin sports a leather man-corset, an armband ray gun, shoulder pads and a spiky top hat.
Victorian lady (in her undergarments) meets Geisha meets Helena Bonham Carter (with goggles)?
*Beautiful photos by guest artist Amber Willhite, who snapped the shots while I was taking that crappy video =P