Blade Runner is probably the quintessential cyberpunk film, but others of the mainstream sort include The Matrix Trilogy, Tron, and Dredd, as well as a plethora of anime, such as Akira, the Ghost in the Shell series, and the Appleseed films. There are tons more movies, but I simply cannot list them all, regardless of how much I have always loved them. Personally, my favorite cyberpunk author (well, one of my favorite authors period!) is Neal Stephenson. His cyberpunk works that he most renowned for are Snow Crash and The Diamond Age: or A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer. Other works of cyberpunk fiction include: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (upon which Bladerunner is based), William Gibson's Neuromancer, and The Terminal Connection by Dan Needles.
Cyberpunk is different from Cybergoth. Cybergoth is rave and goth that has been influenced by the Cyberpunk movement. Honestly, until I started delving into this, I had no idea they were so different, however, once you take even a minute glance at them, the differences are apparent. The image on the left here is an example of Cybergoth. The right is Cyberpunk.
The clothing of Cyberpunk varies depending on the type of character you want to convey. You could belong to a very Asian-influenced culture and adopt some of their traditional modes of dress infused with tech. You could be a part of the upper class: shiny, polished, and couture. Just as people think that Steampunk has to be brown, if would seem that the thought is that Cyberpunk is black and neon. You don't need to be pigeonholed by that! Use whatever colors inspire you and fit your look. Skin-tight bodysuits are wonderful for multitudes of jobs and can incorporate electronics into their being as well. Think about the sort of character you'd like to portray in a Cyberpunk world. If you're looking for some cyberpunk apparel to include in your outfits, check out EchoDecay for some awesome ladies apparel, CyberDog for fashions for everyone, and Plastik Wrap for some amazing pieces. Artifice Clothing is wonderful for some fabulous latex pieces to include in your ensemble.
Below you can see some examples of Cyberpunk costuming. If you have your own outfit-- show me! I'd love to see your creations! It has been depressingly hard to find people in cyberpunk (although cybergoth is very popular)! If you'd like to keep up with my blogging, modeling, and jewelry making, don't forget to give me a like on Facebook and to join my mailing list!
The clothing of Dieselpunk stems from two aesthetics-- American (both military and civilian) and the Germanic. Here is where I would like to insert a disclaimer of sorts... It is OK to like the styling of German military. It does not make you a Nazi sympathizer. It's clothes. Get over it, people. If you're worried about wearing a swastika, choose a different symbol (Hydra, anyone??), or make up your own! With any costume that is historically based, it is always a good idea to do some research first. Here are some pictures to get you started, but I do advocate looking into it a bit more for yourself as this article is just a primer on the genre and does not encompass everything (because this is a blog, not a book). Pin-Up art also took off during WW2 and you will find plenty of examples of Dieselpunk Pin-Ups while you're looking and that is also a wonderfully fun spin! If you're looking for cinematic inspiration, think of the clothing in movies such as Indiana Jones and Inglorious Basterds. The other side to styling from this era we will look at later as Decopunk.
Here you can see some awesome Dieselpunk outfits! Have you done some Dieselpunking? Share your looks with me in the comments or on facebook!
So, the Punk It series is taking me a while to work on. I was talking to a friend earlier and she had no idea there were so many different varieties of "punked" costuming, so I've decided to write up a basic primer for now. Don't worry, more in depth posts on each of these will be coming, too. As I write them, each will be updated with a link from this post.
I do understand the "Stop telling me what is and isn't Steampunk" argument. My view is that if you really know what it is you are into, then you'll be able to find out more about it and connect with that genre's fans and community. Knowledge is power, my friends!
Nerfpunk is a derivative of Steampunk, and the image basically says it all! Most Steampunks take Nerf guns and modify them to fit the steampunk aesthetic. Nerfpunks take the steampunk look and modify it to fit the guns instead! This brand of punk isn't seen in literature like the rest of them, just in the costuming realms. All of the outfits bear the signature colors of Nerf's products.
As I said earlier, this is just the basics and more on each subject is forthcoming! Do you think there is an area that I missed that I should add? Let me know in the comments, and don't forget to follow me on Facebook so you know when I post new stuff!
Have you gone to a con or seen a photo lately of something that sort of looked like a specific genre or era outfit, but it seemed like the wearer had put their own sort of spin on it? Most likely, you've seen something "punked"! I'm going to be doing a series of blogs over the next couple of weeks on different types of "punk" costuming, including Dieselpunk and Rococo-punk, and starting with Steampunk!
If you're into costuming or attend conventions, you likely already have at least a general idea of what Steampunk is. Steampunk is a retro-futuristic genre, based upon an alternate Victorian timeline where instead of going with electricity, everything remained primarily steam-powered. The clothing reflects industrial pieces as art, often incorporating gears and other mechanical bits. While most people think that Steampunk clothing is just brown (and the genre is sometimes referred to as "what happens when goths discover brown), it can (and should!) include whatever colors you'd like! Most costumers come up with some sort of a character idea and then figure out what that person would wear. Lots of people like to add goggles, but it's not necessary unless you feel like they fit your outfit!
In every sort of "punk," the style doesn't just invade the characters' clothing but everything in that world-- architecture, technology, and art! According to Wikipedia, the term Steampunk was first used in 1987 (because 1987 is an awesome year to be born. Just sayin'. ;) ), as a play on the term "cyberpunk" by author K.W. Jeter. This genre frequently features airships, analog computers, and if it isn't powered by steam, it may, in fact, have something to do with aether. Steampunk is often confused with other "punk" genres, such as Dieselpunk and Dustpunk, which is what prompted me to do write this series of blogs for you!
Authors who are generally considered to be Steampunk include H.P. Lovecraft, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells (although, I consider those more as period scifi, since Steampunk is a relatively new concept.). Some more modern authors are Kaja Foglio, G.D. Falksen, A.W. Exley, and Delilah S. Dawson. If you are looking to gather some inspiration from movies, Wild Wild West and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen are generally the most mainstream that you will find, but some other titles include Katsuhiro Otomo's Steamboy, Disney's Treasure Planet, and Hugo. My personal favorite Steampunk graphic novel is Lady Mechanika (and I'm going to cosplay her one day, so help me!), and I have been known to dabble in the steampunk tabletop game of Malifaux.
Most Steampunks base their clothing upon Victorian Era England, but any country's attire from that period (1837-1901). I love Steampunk attire with Asian influence, but haven't dabbled in it yet. Most ladies (and some men) add corsets to their outfits, but it is not necessary if you don't want to! If you do decide to get into corsetry, please do some research first! When worn properly, corsets are awesome, but when you get an ill-fitting or improperly made one, it can hurt you. Other garments that are featured prominently are bustle and cage skirts, waistcoats, tailcoats, and top hats. Jewelry and accessories are, of course, a big deal and can really set you apart from the casual costumer. Daniel Proulx of Cathrinette Rings and Dr. Brassy Steamington are wonderful artists, but I am of course partial to myself, Figment Costuming & Jewelry.
Below, you can find some examples of Steampunk outfits. Sorry, it is a little bit light on men. Instead of just pilfering images from the internet, I asked my friends and followers to share their outfits! Feel free to share pictures of your own steampunk outfits in the comments!
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