Monday, September 10, 2012

military steampunk outfit

This past Saturday I went to a Meet 'n Greet of Steel City Steam Society members at a local Primanti's Bros. Not wanting to get any of my skirts wet in the heavy downpour we had in the morning, I decided to tone down the amount of cloth on my outfit by going with a more masculine look- military steampunk.

For this outfit I used a pair of purple linen capris from Ann Taylor Loft along with a white linen military style jacket that I bought in a store in Strasbourg, France, some 8 years ago.  The military side cap, Port Engineer armband, braid, and pins on my jacket were re-purposed from my grandfather's Korean War uniforms- something I debated about doing in this post.

The aviator pin I received when I won a drawing from Morgans Bounty in July.  Remember- if you purchase something from Karma Comfort (the online webstore of vendor Morgans Bounty) before 11/2/12 and use coupon code "CLEMENTINE," you will receive 10% off your purchase.

With a brass keyhole and key necklace from Gwillim & Black and simple black pearl earrings, my outfit was complete.

The Meet 'n Greet was terrific- a great opportunity for new steampunkers or SCSS members to meet some of the steampunkers in the area.  My friend Rose brought her dapper stuffed animal kiwi to the greet, who has evolved to the height of neo-Victorian sophistication.

He's even got a pocketwatch and top hat!

Thanks to Drake for putting together such a nice, casual event!


  1. Your outfit is great. It's a nice way to greet your grandfather to use his pins from the war.

  2. This is an amazing outfit. :)

  3. My Grandfather passed down to me, His Discharge papers, Dog tags, All of his uniforms, a M1 Carbine Rifle Knowing I will take care of them and cherish them long after he is gone.

    This is very disrespectful to deface your grandfathers uniform and awards. He Earned those, With sweat and blood. I know my Grandfather would be ashamed if I did something like this with his.

  4. @Dan Riewer- I understand your views. I debated this myself in a previous post, which I linked to in this post. However, after discussing it with my still-alive grandfather, I was given the go-ahead. My grandfather wasn't career military. His uniform was in moth-eaten tatters when he gave it to me. We actually had to throw it out because it looked worse than some fabrics from 200 years ago, and only after I insisted on removing all of the pins and braids on the uniform first. In other words, he doesn't care. He didn't receive any army awards that he is proud of. He gave me all of this because he knew that I would appreciate these artifacts more than even his own son (and this is coming from a misogynistic man). And when I asked him if I could use this for steampunk purposes, he said that they were mine and I could do whatever I wanted with them.

    But you bring up a good point. Others probably do see it as disrespectful. And if I do it, how callously will others look at the military artifacts of the past?

    All I can say is that none of this was done with any intention of disrespect and leave it at that. Others will disagree and I will listen to their arguments, but having the go-ahead from the guy who gave me these items in the first place to use these items in this way is, in my opinion, proof that I am not being deliberately disrespectful.

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