Wednesday, January 6, 2010

goth v. steampunk

Image source: Steampunk Goth © Trellia (Megan Balanck) 2008.  
Image used with permission.
Jake von Slatt over at The Steampunk Workshop posted an intriguing article yesterday on his blog analyzing the similiarities between the goth and steampunk movements.  It's an excellent article that looks at the modern goth and steampunk movements and how they have incorporated historical things that were never made specifically for those movements (think of gothic novels like Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Victorian science fiction novels (comparable to steampunk) like Jules Vernes' 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.)

And both movements are strongly influenced by the Victorians, something I've always known but have picked up on more since I started this blog.  It's hard to point it out in music due to my unfamiliarity with the gothic music scene, but gothic literature, with its gloomy, dark aspect, is not too different from steampunk.  Wouldn't one call The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello steampunk in nature with a gothic storyline?  And wouldn't Dr. Frankenstein's monster be as equally terrifying (if perhaps less human) made out of mechanical parts?

However, fashion probably has the greatest crossover between the two genres.  While shopping online via Google, eBay, or Etsy, look for modern Victorian pieces- often corsets, jewelery, and suits are listed as both gothic and steampunk attire, such as this neck cuff:

image source: Etsy
Read Jake von Slatt's article here.  He makes clear, concise comparisons between the two genres in a more intellectual way than I have here.  He's pretty bloody brilliant that way. 

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