Full of contradiction, fashion draws on the past for inspiration while consistently morphing into something new. Most designers’ vision alternates between clean optimistic minimalism and dark chaotic anarchy. Lately, a third option is gaining momentum: steampunk.
Steampunk began with a renewed and somewhat romanticized interest in late 19th century science fiction – think Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.” It materialized out of fantasy as readers began to create the devices described, carrying through the aesthetic of the late Victorian era and early industrial revolution through fashion, music, art and video games. Early this year, an IBM super computer noted that internet discussion on steampunk had grown to 11 times what it was in 2009. They predicted that shelves will be full of mainstream commercialized steampunk products by 2015. Judging from the direction of fashion in recent months, this could be quite likely: Marc Jacobs, a designer well-known for being ahead of the trend, began the Louis Vuitton Fall 2012 fashion show by rolling a locomotive onto the runway. Lace was all over the runways for Spring 2013, and with a growing societal emphasis on shopping local and a general move awii8ay from consumerism, steampunk is perfectly posed to take the stage. Featured here are a few steampunk inspired looks shot by Keeley Kapiniuk. Keeley works primarily on film, shooting in the “lomography” style, which gave the photos the dreamy, other-worldly quality that steampunk inspires.