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Pomp and Court: 1730-60 Pinterest Board
Louis XV, Madame Pompadour, the Rococo... These all conjure up an image of the opulance and elegance of the age as it moved from the Baroque to the courtly Rococo. In England, George Frideric Handel composed music for George I and George II, including Messiah in 1742. The American colonies were expanding in population and wealth.
Ladies' fashions were dominated by the rise of the panier, Robe à la Française and Robe à l'Anglaise, with their sumptous silks and trimmings. Men's fashions made the transition from the styles of the early 1700's to the more fitted three piece suit, often with lavish embroidery.
Steampunk: Historical Inspirations Pinterest Board
While Steampunk isn't a historical period, it draws on several different ones for its inspiration. Steampunk defies easy definition. It's far more than "when Goths discover brown", brass clock parts, and goggles! It's revisionist Victorian re-creation, without a care or concern for accuracy. It's an appreciation for the ornamentation of a gilded age, yet with the technology of the future as seen by the Victorians, with airships and emancipated women, romance mixed with retro-futuristic technology.
Steampunk: Historical Inspirations will focus on more than the stereotypical top hats, bustles and tail coats. We'll look at the historical, playful elements of Victorian clothes by examining tailoring, fancy ball dress, active wear, ornamentation, and Victorian futuristic fashions, allowing for a playful mix of elements while still keeping in touch with historical sources and research. We'll showcase the huge repertoire of Victorian and Edwardian styles, colors and shapes that have, up till now, not had much exposure in the Steampunk fashion world.