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Steampunk Fashion (?)
Created by wilhelminaframe on 2/11/2013 10:02:30 PM

Editrix de Mode Wilhelmina Frame reviews the art book "Steampunk Fashion" by Spurgeon Vaughn Ratcliffe.


Beginning with a suitably whismical intro, Berlin and Brighton, UK based author Spurgeon Vaughn Ratcliffe, presents Steampunk Fashion, a full color, 160 page survey of, yes, as you might have surmised, Steampunk fashion. The book was released late in 2012, getting a jump on the the flurry of fashion oriented Steampunk titles that are slated to release in 2013.

Steampunk Couture From Steampunk Fashion, courtesy of Graffito Books Ltd, London.

Steampunk Couture From Steampunk Fashion, courtesy of Graffito Books Ltd, London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steampunk Fashion is an international collection of twenty-one multiple page spreads each featuring a single Steampunk designer.  It is presented as an art book and is a lovely tome to puruse. Mr. Ratcliffe has wisely chosen to keep the copy to a minimum and focus on the high quality imagery. The organization of the book into individual features makes it very easy to keep track of each designer and one can see how their visions unfold over several pieces. Profiles are convienentently organized alphabeticially. If you want to learn more, contact information of all the designers via the internet is in the appendix.

J-Chan Desgins From Steampunk Fashion, courtesy of Graffito Books Ltd, London.

J-Chan Desgins From Steampunk Fashion, courtesy of Graffito Books Ltd, London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Ratcliffe has opted to define fashion rather loosely. In addition to more straightforward clothing and jewelry designers, Steampunk Fashion also includes more eclectic profiles such as Japanese graphic designer Mechanical Mirage and cosplayer / designer Steampunk Overlord. Profiles of makers like Tom Banwell, Gryphon's Egg and Thin Gypsy Thief continue to make things a bit blurry. Considering the breadth of variety and innovation that is going on exclusively in Steampunk oriented clothing and jewelry design, the choice of profile subjects seemed a bit off to me. I assume a fashion book to be exclusively about wearables, not art objects or static images. There is no doubt that everyone profiled is doing exceptional work influenced and influencing the Steampunk visual aesthetic but I question whether it is all "fashion". I would have traded a prop maker for a milliner.

Tom Banwell From Steampunk Fashion, courtesy of Graffito Books Ltd, London.

Tom Banwell From Steampunk Fashion, courtesy of Graffito Books Ltd, London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While not what I would consider a true fashion tome, Steampunk Fashion still provides a visually striking overview of Steampunk's fashion aesthetic and is certainly worth your consideration.

 

Steampunk Fashion is available via Amazon. Also, I have seen this book with a similar but different cover on other websites. Not sure if that is an earlier cover image or if there is more than one version.

 

Editrix de Mode and Part Time Lion Tamer, Wilhelmina Frame travels the globe in pursuit of adventure and style. When not in the circus ring with Rajah, her tiger and the rest of her “Kitten Kabal” (seven lions, three cheetahs and a rather droll panther), Ms. Frame can be seen at the most fabulous parties, in the latest fashions, sparkling with wit in conversation. Ms. Frame is the founder and Tiffin Master of The American Tea Duelling Society. Ms. Frame's alter-ego, Gretchen Jacobsen, is a freelance producer, award-winning costumer, prolific crafter and frequent convention panelist. She sings quite well also. Visit the home of The American Tea Duelling Society on Facebook, follow Ms. Frame on Pinterest or @ptliontamer on Twitter. 

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