Steampunk Inspirations

Colouring up Steampunk Cosplay

I happen to like both the “fifty brown shades” and the colorful ones.

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Why do people think that dressing in ‘authentic’ Steampunk means your outfits have to conform to the colour range of Victorian-era photographs: black, brown, sepia, cream, and white. The Victoria-era saw the invention of new dye and fabric technologies; in fact, this was one of the major marketing forces pushing the Industrialization of the Western World along at a breakneck speed. This was the era where the phenomenon of ‘fashionable’ colours came into its own.

Adding more than a dash of colour to Steampunk cosplay - and doesn't it look brilliant! Adding more than a dash of colour to Steampunk cosplay – and doesn’t it look brilliant!

Aniline dyes were discovered by accident when William Perkin was trying to synthesize quinine. Perkin discovered mauveine, but other chemists and scientists went on to rapidly discover other dyes like fuchsine and safranine.

Sir William Henry Perkin with his most recognizable discovery: Mauveine.

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Left: Day dress, United States, c. 1830, silk satin patterned with weft floats, dyed with madder or cochineal.  Right: Day dress of piña cloth, United States (fabric from Philippines), 1868-70, pineapple leaf fiber (piña) plain weave dyed with fuchsine; silk pain weave underdress trimmed with silk net. Both from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Photographs by Susan Holloway Scott. The dress on the right was dyed with fuchsine.

1870s Woman's Promenade Dress (LACMA) A dress dyed with safranine…

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