The Steampunk 2010 Fashion Show and Exhibition at the DUMBO Lofts recently attracted a crowd of steampunk enthusiasts, fashionistas, personal shoppers, designers, and plenty of photographers eager to snap pictures of the mostly hand-made costumery.
What is steampunk? AC contributor Renee Morway has the run-down in her article “Steampunk Culture in DUMBO Brooklyn.”
She writes, “It is a culture based on romantic science fiction set, mostly, in the Victorian age. Some of the most fascinating works of literature ever written are associated with Steampunk such as: Mary Shelley’s,” Frankenstein”, Jules Verne’s, “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” and H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.”
The steampunk event was presented by Brooklyn Indie Market, a collection of fashion and product designers in DUMBO. It featured the latest retrofuturistic fashion and plenty of steampunk personality.
The event was part shopping experience complete with Victorian/steampunk portraits of participants taken with vintage cameras; part art exhibition; part fashion show; and part theater. Brit Frady-Williams of Berit New York partnered with the Lola Lola Dance Theatre for the fashion show presentation.
If you missed the event, the Brooklyn Indie Market can usually be found on Smith Street and Union Street in Carroll Gardens on Saturdays from 11AM to 7PM and Sundays from 11AM to 6PM. Visit their website for details. The link is below.