Alexandria LaNier, burlesque, city of lost children, coachella 2008, corsets, craft, creative, fantasy, gears, goggles, imagination, industrial design, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kiki's Delivery Service, La cité des enfants perdus, petticoats, steampunk, Steampunk aesthetic, steampunk culture, Steampunk Mad Hatter, steampunk treehouse, The Golden Compass, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, victorian
Hello Creative Friends!
Today I’m providing a muse to feed your creative inspiration as you work on your projects this week!
Mad Hatter by my friend and
photographer Alexandria LaNier
I first discovered Steampunk culture in 2009 while researching corsets and burlesque costumes and started dreaming of creating my own designs. It was exciting to realize that there was a name for this aesthetic that has been whispering to my heart for most of my life.
Among my favorite Steampunk movies are La cité des enfants perdus, or The City of Lost Children, with costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. Other favorites are The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and The Golden Compass. Years later and I’m still smitten with the dark, rich colors, the odes to days long past and the sense of excitement that recreating everyday objects into art brings. I love the Victorian look, dirigibles, industrial design, corsets and petticoats, gears, goggles, and almost everything that steampunk represents.
Graphic 45 project By Sherry Cheever
Back when I first started researching Steampunk, there were only three websites/mentions of the genre on Google. Now I find it wherever I look. I was ecstatic to see so many Steampunk costumes at my first experience with ComicCon in 2010 in San Diego. My husband was probably tired of hearing me say, “OMG, Steampunk!”
What I love most about Steampunk are the images of creative, inspiring and modded objects and styles that evoke the historical fantasy and imagination of this movement.
I love this Steampunk Treehouse that was installed at Coachella 2008. I can imagine climbing into it, reading a book and being transported to imaginary worlds far from the stress and hustle of our world.
Thank you for joining me and I hope that you’ll find some details in the Steampunk aesthetic to add to your creative projects!