Steampunk is an entire visual style and a philosophy and it is based on mixing old and new
Bournemouth, Dorset (PRWEB UK) 8 August 2014
A UK based fancy dress company is now offering a great new selection of steampunk costumes and accessories, ideal for anyone attending a theme party or dressing up for a convention. Hollywood Fancy Dress has a great selection of clothing and accessories with the very cool steampunk genre including steampunk masks, pantaloons, latex goggles, pocket watches, fake revolver guns, thigh high stockings, wigs and much more.
So what exactly is steampunk and how does Hollywood Fancy Dress make it fun and easy to join in on the fun of this movement?
What is Steampunk?
Steampunk is one of those strange trends that seem to come out of nowhere and then all of a sudden everyone is talking about it. It is not a new trend, the first steampunk convention took place in 2006 and the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2010.
The term “steampunk” comes from science fiction novels. It was coined by the author Kevin Jeter to describe the difference between the movement and “cyber punks” such as William Gibson. Steampunk is an entire visual style and a philosophy and it is based on mixing old and new – fusing modern technology with the design aesthetic of the Victorian era.
For example, steampunk might include a brand new computer designed to resemble an old type writer, or the steam-powered time travelling hovercraft train that Doctor Emmet Brown builds in Back to the Future Part 3. The “punk” part of the name comes from the edginess of going against convention and setting oneself apart with these unique and funky gadgets and accessories.
Victorian is the most popular base genre of steampunk, but there are many other settings as well. For example, the American Wild West is another popular era that has been infused with the technology of the present. Several other categories have come from this fusion, including dieselpunk and clockworkpunk. There are also other genres of steampunk including Post-apocalyptic (Mad Max and Fallout style), Alternative World, Fantasy, Horror and Fairy Tale.
Many people are starting to have steampunk themed parties now, in this strange retro-futuristic style. Your typical steampunk party might include playing Victorian parlour games, dancing to old fashioned music, drinking tea, reading excerpts from Jules Verne and having discussions about science fiction.
Steampunk parties are usually held at someone’s house or at the pub, but they could also be held in a retro location such as an old train station or a warehouse to add to extra effect. The décor will be heavily influenced by the style including spyglasses, binoculars, globes, maps and old clocks. Food and drink might be served on old Victorian style china or in apothecary jars, test tubes or laboratory beakers. Popular Victorian beverages such as rum, port and whisky may even be served.
There are also official conventions and events within the steampunk genre. 2006 was when the first “SalonCon” was held, which was a steampunk neo-Victorian convention. It included talks by prominent figures in ballroom dance instruction, séance, and other fields popular during the era. Since this first convention, there have been a number of other steampunk conventions that have sprung up around the world, such as the Steampunk World’s Fair in New Jersey, Steamcon in Seattle and Up in the Aether in Dearborn, MI. The largest event in Europe is the “Weekend at the Asylum” which occurs at The Lawn in Lincoln every September.
Hollywood Fancy Dress Makes Preparing for a Steampunk Party Simple
For those who have been invited to their first steampunk themed party, they might not be sure of what to wear or how to accessorize. By offering such a great selection of steampunk themed gear such as ones mentioned above Hollywood Fancy Dress makes preparing for a steampunk themed event very easy.
Shoppers who are looking for steampunk related clothing and accessories can find them online easily by browsing through the galleries. The website offers everything from steam punk clockwork angel costumes, a steam punk cowboy hat, eye patches, pirate hats, a steam punk style gun, eye masks and much more. The website even offers full costumes, such as a steam punk Victorian Vampire or Wild West Agent costume.
About Hollywood Fancy Dress
Hollywood Fancy Dress is a UK based company specialising in fancy dress, costume accessories, balloons, party supplies and fireworks. Based in Dorset they sell their affordable products online and offer fast and tracked global delivery.
Offering a great selection of high quality products, they pride themselves on excellent customer service, fast delivery and reliability of their costumes and accessories. They have a secure 24 hour online website that offers fast next day delivery, available worldwide. Hollywood Fancy Dress offers thousands of fancy dress costumes to suit all budgets.
As well as offering fancy dress costumes, they also sell fireworks including rockets, selection boxes, fountains, sparklers and mines. Fireworks are on sale all year round. Balloons are also offered, with a superb range of balloon bouquets, foil balloons and much more. Balloon specialists are on hand to help plan decoration for special events.
Steampunk is a funky and creative trend that is generating a real buzz, so why not join in on the fun and get dressed in retro sci-fi style? For the very best selection in steampunk costumes, as well as any other party needs, Hollywood Fancy Dress is defiantly the best bet.
Hollywood Fancy Dress Costumes
31-35 Castle Lane West
Telephone: 01202 532262/525382
info(at)hollywood (dot) uk.com