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Featured Fashionista: Abigail Parr
Created by wilhelminaframe on 11/22/2013 12:17:56 PM

Featured Fashionista profiles a look from a "fashionista" in the Steampunk community. Would you like us to cover your fashion? Send a recent (2013) fabulous photo to me at wilhelminaframe@steampunkchronicle.com and perhaps you will be our next Featured Fashionista!

XOXO - Wilhelmina Frame, Editrix de Mode - XOXO


Featured Fashionista profiles a look from a "fashionista" in the Steampunk community. Would you like us to cover your fashion? Send a recent (2013) fabulous photo to me at wilhelminaframe@steampunkchronicle.com and perhaps you will be our next Featured Fashionista!

XOXO - Wilhelmina Frame, Editrix de Mode - XOXO

Captain America Gown by Abigail ParrThis Week's Fashionista is:

Abigail Parr, Manchester, UK.

Describe your fashion:

A Steampunk take on Captain America, with lots of attention paid to detail! This includes antique lace and silk in the patchwork corset, and the hidden secret in the bodice facing! I needed a trader's outfit and saw a way to combine my inner-geek with a need to make something attention grabbing.

Did you make, mod or buy your fashion:

Other than the star, which was made by the lovely Matt Inkel at Arcane Armouries as a bespoke piece, and the shoes, which came from www.vegetarianshoes.co.uk, I scratch made the outfit myself.

What were your style influences:

When I started to put my design together, I obviously started by looking at Alexandra Byrne's design from Avengers Assemble, and some images from The Ultimates series of comics. I already knew that I wanted to incorporate crazy patchwork, as when it comes to craft, I'm aware that quilting and patchwork are part of the image of "American craft".

Then I perhaps started to overthink things! I had a quick look round to see what other cross-players had done. I felt it was a shame that so often all that was done was to hypersexualise the character, with a low cut top and a pair of hot pants in vaguely the right colour. The primary aim seemed to be to look sexy which I thought was a bit odd, given that the power of these characters is not centred purely on sex appeal. Researching around this I came across The Hawkeye Intiative which is a blog that seeks to highlight the way women are presented in comics by placing the male character of Hawkeye in the same sexualized poses as female characters.

I realised what an interesting "conversation of ideas" it would be to translate this into an all-covering Victoriana look instead. The physically restrictive corset of the period might not seem empowering, but you can argue that women always feeling like they have to be sexy first and formost isn't empowering either! I've had some fanatastic conversations with people at fairs about it; regardless of whether we agreed or differed it was always fun to discuss.

Anything else you'd like to add:

Only that I'm really flattered that you are interested in my work! I started making costume again after a long break when I left a "regular job" to become a mum. It seemed a good way to make ends meet and still be able to be there full time for the little one. I never dreamed someone would be asking about my design influences and showcasing my work!
If you want to see more, I have an etsy shop and a website. I also have a Facebook page, that is the most regularly updated.

 

Gown Images by Lucy Bridges.

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