A Tip of the Hat to the Bonnet

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

Victorian dating book is surprisingly accurate today

Advice for Single Women by Haydn Brown
Advice for Single Women by Haydn Brown

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.
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How to proclaim yourself King of Steampunk


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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”

RebelsMarket launches first online alternative marketplace

Los Altos, California, May 12, 2014

RebelsMarket alternative marketplace
RebelsMarket shopping page

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”

Steampunk news round up 18/02/2014

Velveteen Emporium fashion shot by Matt Austin
Velveteen Emporium fashion shot by Matt Austin

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”