By Lynne Lumsden Green
One of the great pleasures for me, as a Steampunk Enthusiast, is that Steampunk cosplay seems to attract people of every age. Personally, I would rather not be mutton dressed in Lolita cosplay, and I am a little too old to be a ‘Magic Girl’, but the Steampunk Aesthetic suits – nay, embraces – every age group from tiny babies to the Grey Foxes and Vixens. I can look forward to being eighty, ninety, or even a hundred, and still being able to find Steampunk fashions suitable for me.
So, what looks can be adapted for a middle-aged woman who likes to cosplay in the Steampunk Aesthetic? Steampunk clothing is based on Victorian and Edwardian clothing. This covers a lot of styles and era, and it makes it easier to find a look that flatters both your body shape and your colouring. Best of all, if you don’t like to be femme, you can always adapt masculine Victorian clothing into a Steampunk outfit; I like to dress as a Mad Scientist in trews, because a skirt & high heels would make it difficult to run away fast enough from an experiment fizzing and about to explode. I’m still a female Scientist … but I am eccentric and all, you know.
You can go completely nuts once you have picked your look. Your hat, bustle, boots, corset, belts, and handbag can all be hiding gadgets. You go wild with the colours, as all the new dyes were being discovered in the Victorian ever!
My only major drawback is that I live in a sub-tropical climate. This means I can’t go ‘all out’ in the hottest seasons of the year, and it never snows wear I live so I can’t get too enthusiastic with my winter fashions. This is where I get inspiration from other Steampunk communities from around the world. My community isn’t the only Steampunk community with this problem, and so I get very excited when I see the cosplay from other tropical and sub-tropical Steampunk communities.
I look forward to the day when I can visit these communities rather than just admire them online.