March 2, 2012

Find Your Inner Phileas Fogg

If you feel like giving into your Steampunk whims - and who doesn't every now and then - I recommend visiting Steampunk Emporium. The creative people that curate have invented characters whose outfits satisfy your alter ego.

Barnaby Clifton (above) is an intrepid driver who's infamous for owning the first horseless carriage in the district. His costume comprises a linen duster, a plaid vest, mid-calf boots, a cap, brass googles and to top it off, a debonair stage mustache.

Bryson Feldspar, researcher in Alternative Sciences, totes a piece of fictitious steampunk artillery called the Big Daddy. He's sporting railhead pants, silk sleeve garters, and a felt derby hat.

Besides displaying his "Oil Can Harry" moustache and leather aviator cap, Baron von Frohman, manufacturer of steam powered dirigibles, demonstrates his  fantastic Gunner's Canvas Trench Coat.

Hazel Barret , my namesake, is an Egyptian Expeditonist who holds her own among the most learned of gentleman  (how did they know?) As part of her costume Hazel wears a brushed twill convertible riding skirt, a green suede vest  and glacier goggles.

You don't have to stick with these ensembles as the site offers a vast collection of just about everything. And by example I mean over 120 waistcoats that would suit your inner Phileas Fogg, your Jim West or your Oliver Wendell Douglas. The Ladies Emporium offers a good selection of corsets. If you're putting together a costume the site offers fake moustaches, plus monacles, goggles, specatacles, bathing costumes and a wide range of hats.

Most of these clothes, or costumes can be adapted to Victorian, Edwardian or Wild West scenarios. Be it one for Gentlemen, Ladies or fans of Steampunk these "emporia" are simply fantastic. My husband now owns two of the striped vest/trousers combinations. Made of a good quality twill and canvas, the seem to be cut from an authentic pattern. I find their prices quite reasonable and they ship quickly. They are definitely unique.

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Hels said...

There is something so elegant and Edwardian about a waistcoat, with or without lapels, being worn over the shirt and under the suit. Most men's clothing was pretty drab so a dash of colour and pattern looked super.

I wonder if my husband would wear one.

Jenny Woolf said...

I think a lot of these outfits look really glamorous!

G said...

Mmmm... Steampunk appeals to me greatly, and I love this site - thanks for the head's up!