Steampunk is the world of the future as imagined from the Victorian past. Walking into Aethercon, The Steampunk Convention over the weekend was like entering a different world. I had no idea what to expect, as I struggled to get my head around this subculture which seems to be an eclectic mix of science fiction, fantasy, and Victorian era romance.
What I found boggled my mind. Based around the writings of science fiction authors such as H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, I entered an alternate reality. It was the people that made Aethercon so much fun. Imagine a group of elaborately costumed individuals, all happy to pose for the camera. It’s a photographer’s paradise and a day long adventure, which is best shared with photos:
The classic Victorian influence is seen in the costuming details, with a science fiction twist including steam operated replicas of modern technology, or more specifically what these technologies might have been imagined to look like if you lived in the mid-Victorian era when steam was the driving power for machinery. The elaborate nature of the costumes shows incredible dedication on the part of the Steampunkers (is that a word, I wonder).
Sailing; By Sea and By Air was this year’s theme, and some took it quite literally. One of my favorite costumes is this steamship. While he was the captain moving their costume by walking, she was the ship’s figurehead, holding that same blank stare whilst on rollerskates under her dress so she never moved without the ship.
Sailing; By Sea and By Air
Most of the attendees were outfitted in both costume and name, many with an elaborate stories to tell about their characters.
For a small country, New Zealand seems to be out on the forefront of so many things, and Steampunk is one of them.
Have you participated in Steampunk events? Are you headed to Aethercon next year?
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