The name “pork pie hat” can refer to a number of different hats that were popular starting in the 1830s and continued to be worn all the way into the middle of the 20th century. As you probably guessed, it … Continue reading A Tip of the Hat to the Pork Pie Hat
I tell you, there aren’t nearly enough hats in our everyday lives. Sure, there are beanies and baseball caps, but on the whole your average snowman is better dressed than today’s most fashionable males. Luckily, there is Steampunk, which gives all … Continue reading A Tip of the Hat to the Top Hat
So far in the Tip of the Hat series I have only talked about men’s hats. This is probably because I personally prefer to wear the styles that are meant for gents, but the ladies of the steam era were all be-hatted as well. For much of the 19th century, if a lady only owned one type of hat, it was going to be a bonnet. The Beginning of The Bonnet Starting in the late 1700s, “house bonnets” made of a soft material, such as cotton, were always worn by women in their homes. They sometimes has decorative ribbon, but … Continue reading A Tip of the Hat to the Bonnet
I don’t have any kids yet, but I already have plans to dress my future children in a variety of silly outfits. And no, I don’t just mean Halloween, I mean as long as possible before they catch on. Because … Continue reading A Tip of the Hat to the Flight Cap
Hat’s Off to the Bowlers As with any mention of a Stetson, Bowler should always be capitalized because it is named after a person, or in this case, persons. The brothers Thomas and William Bowlers first created the hat in … Continue reading Bowlers were More than Mere Fashion
Using the bathroom is hard enough in my Steampunky tu-tu at conventions, but I couldn’t imagine how someone would do it in a full on bustle. Luckily, when I was looking into just that question, YouTube came through. Continue reading How did Victorian Women use the Toilet???
A book that was written in the Victorian era by a relatively unknown author has been republished by the British Library Publishing Division. It’s now enjoying a flurry of interest because the advice given actually links well to singletons in modern day Britain.
Continue reading “Victorian dating book is surprisingly accurate today”
This is a really interesting project for me, because there are plenty of people in the world who have recognised themselves as steampunks long before I did. So why does that make me the person to write guidelines on the subject? Continue reading “How to proclaim yourself King of Steampunk”
Los Altos, California, May 12, 2014
RebelsMarket.com has launched the first alternative-inspired online marketplace and community for the anti-mainstream and fashion-forward. The site caters to individuals with unique interests in different fashion subcultures, including glam goth, punk, street, emo, rock, skate, steampunk, burlesque, fantasy and tattoo. Continue reading “RebelsMarket launches first online alternative marketplace”
Good day, dear reader. Here is a selection of news items that have landed in my intray over the previous days. They include a fashion company in Exeter that has launched a steampunk range with an impressive fashion shoot, more steampunk plays and a couple of video games. Continue reading “Steampunk news round up 18/02/2014”