A Celebration of Steampunk Culture, Fashion and Craftsmanship
DUMBO, Brooklyn-October 24 marks the third annual Steampunk Day at the DUMBO Loft, presented by Brooklyn Indie Market.155 Water Street, DUMBO, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m..Steampunk Shopping and Fashion Show at 4 p.m. $20 Victorian/Steampunk portrait sitting with vintage camera by Tsirkus Fotografika $5 entry. Take the F train to York Street Station.
Travel to a re-envisioned Victorian age that features retrofuturistic fashion, brass and copper clockwork, ray guns, jetpacks, bustles and inventions that go far beyond 19th century technology. Think steam-powered mechanical wonders, brass-fitted computers, dirigibles, goggles, airships, and clockwork inspired accoutrements.
What is steampunk you say? Steampunk personality, August Wahnsinger says, “Steampunk is Victorian-era science fiction. Anything that can be envisioned as a part of a scientifically advanced ‘steam’ era can be properly described as steampunk. Steampunk finds its origins in literature, going back to the works of Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.”
The highlight of the shopping event is a Steampunk Fashion Show at 4 p.m., coordinated by Brit Frady-Williams of Berit New York and featuring steampunk designers such as:
• Ami Nyitray Designs (www.etsy.com/shop/aminyitray), curiosities and wearable wunderkammer
• Berit New York (www.beritnewyork.com), attire with old world charm and accessories for a new generation
• Kristin Costa (www.kristincosta.com), where unique vestments and wearable art collide
Tor Books and Tor.com will host a Steampunk Literary Corner from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., featuring readings from esteemed literary personages such as burlesque star Nasty Canasta and authors G.D. Falksen, Felix Gilman, Leanna Renee Hieber, and N.K. Jemison, book sales by Mobile Libris, and complimentary tea and scones. Visit www.tor.com/blogs/2010/09/steampunk-indie-mart for more info.