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Steampunk Genderplay

Editor’s Note: This post is from the original Genderplayful Community Blog, back when we were also a marketplace.
A sepia photograph of a person wearing a beret and a flower-adorned suit standing in front of dinosaur bones.

Oxford Steampunk Art Exhibition. Photograph by Amanda Scrivener / flickr.

In the first issue of Neo-Victorian Studies in 2008, Rebecca Onion wrote: ‘Steampunk, a multi-textual aesthetic which first began to form in the late 1980s, imagines the world as it was during the early Victorian era, when steam power still fuelled machines.’ The steampunk aesthetic, which began as a subculture, has moved progressively towards the mainstream, helped in part by its appeal to crafters with the growing trend of DIY design. (Yay! – For example, see Sugardale’s How to Make a Petticoat: I can’t sew but feel so tempted to try, nonetheless!)

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