If I asked you what aesthetic I’m describing when I say, “a volcanic eruption of Victorian-style frocks and frock coats, retro-ified technology, and cog-composed accessories,” would you be able to answer? Okay, you probably can; I kinda gave it away in this post’s title. I’m talking about steampunk.
Though it’s easy to recognize (look at ModCloth’s Steampunk Style section to get a bit of a better idea), steampunk is a bit harder to describe. Undaunted, though, I set out with a Captain Nemo-ean vengance in an effort to pin down a concise definition of this unlike-any-other style.
Steampunk — a sub-culture and aesthetic with roots dug deep in the eponymous literature genre, a blend of science fiction and fantasy. Steampunk is recognizable by its neo-19th century garb and retro-futuristic technology revamping, an overall look that could be described as Victorian science fiction.
Are you familiar with steampunk? How would you describe it?