Steamcon IV – Victorian Monsters

Halloween used to be my absolute favorite day of the year – you know, back in the day when I only had one day a year in which to dress up in costume.  Since then, I’ve discovered the world of renfaires and cons, and suddenly Halloween is barely a blip on my costuming radar.  This year, it was kind of an annoyance, actually, coming as it did a scant two days after I got home from a  fabulous three days of non-stop costuming with the creative, intelligent, and all-around fabulous people that are steampunks.

There is just something special about steampunks.  I’ve never felt such creative energy anywhere as I do when I’m with them.  It’s really hard to describe – it’s almost electric!  This year was especially amazing because I was invited by Steamcon to be a panelist.  I was very honored and more than a little nervous, as I’ve never really done anything like it.  I also expected to be on ONE panel, and I ended up on THREE.  “Wardrobe Rescue”, which as a completely interactive panel giving suggestions and advice on how to accomplish different costuming techniques or effects.  I think I learned way more from the audience in this one than they learned from me!

I also did a panel on the Well-Dressed Zombie, which was great fun, but I think hands-down my favorite experience of this year’s steamcon was doing the panel on “Style of the Skeuomorph” with author/bard Kiri Callaghan.  Basically, the panel was on how to take other genres of costumes (like Harry Potter or Doctor Who) and put a steampunk twist on it.  This is my favorite thing to do with steampunk!  And Kiri and I had a blast.  She can draw, so we basically asked the audience what they would like to steampunk, and then brainstormed together as she sketched it out on her tablet.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a few steampunk Scheherazades next year!  And I really, really hope the guy does something with the straight-jacket idea I gave him….I’d love to see that!

Anyway, I ended up not being nervous AT ALL once the panels actually started.  It was just complete fun from start to finish, and I hope I’ll be invited back again as a panelist next year!  Kiri, Amanda, and Alisa G – you all rock.

But now to the costuming – which is such an incredible part of Steamcon.  Here are my costumes:

Steampunk Hufflepuff   (Click the costume titles for a link to more pictures and a making-of)

Steampunk Grey Ghost:

Zombie Corset:

I also saw many, many more awesome costumes, and here is just a very few of my favorites:

Baba Yaga.  The detail on this was wonderful.  Lots of little bits and pieces, and everything tied into a specific story about her.

The skulls on the birdcage?  Those used to be PEARS.  So clever.

Medusa.  Loved how the whole costume tied together, and how beautifully the snakes turned out!

Doctor Jekyl and Mister Hyde.

Mummy with mummified cat!

Wicked.

Indian Goddess?

In addition to the costuming and panels, there were music events.  Friday night the League of Steam hosted a musical variety show and demonstrated their monster-hunting techniques.  David Tennant invited me to sit next to him at that concert!  Well, okay, not really…but he was a dead-on look-alike!  🙂

Saturday night was the BIG concert.  I was mostly excited to hear the Nathaniel Johnstone Band live.

Nathan used to be the guitarist/violinist for Abney Park, so I was very curious about his new band.  While not being as great as AP, I did enjoy their performance a great deal.  Plus, they had bellydancers!

And I have to show you this – a friend I made at last year’s Steamcon made me a gift!  She painted me a steamy chicken!  I love this so much – thank you Jilynn!

I think it looks a bit like my Antoinette.

Next up?  Lots and lots of costuming to get ready for Gallifrey One in February.  Can’t wait to hang out with the Wench Posse again – you ladies have GOT to come to Steamcon with me one of these years!

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8 responses to “Steamcon IV – Victorian Monsters

  1. Wish I could have made the well dressed zombie panel. So many cool things happening at once. I am the mummy with my Friend as Bast. Is it OK to grab a copy of this photo?
    Thank you.

    • Yes, absolutely take the photo! I loved your costume. I was going to do a mummy costume too, only I ran out of time. Next year, maybe. My concept for it would fit the theme next year too.

      • Thank you
        You always look well put together and this year was no exception. Next year is going to have many Egyptian theme ensembles. So many possibilities the brain storming and research has already started. See you next year. :O )

  2. Not that your costumes are amazing, but that Steampunk Ghost….just WOW!

  3. Ugh, that first bit was supposed to be a double negative. :/ Your costumes are always amazing.

  4. love what everyone did.I would like to know how that one women did the snakes. And you really show out

  5. Hi there! That lady dressed up as Dr. Jekyll in the white lab coat bustle is/was ME! 😀 I was also the yellow/orange nerfpunk costume the year before, as well as a handful of other not quite as easily describe-able miscellaneous Steampunky costumes. I have a costuming blog here: http://melindascostumes.wordpress.com/ though it’s a little back-logged with projects I’ve finished but haven’t written about. You should come check it out and we can be friends and sew together and stuff. I’ve always loved your costumes at Steamcon but somehow it didn’t occur to me that they were all the same person – you! 🙂

    My friend Aidan (http://www.aidanrae.com/) was my Mrs. Hyde, and my buddy Jean (http://hylianjean.tumblr.com/) was the Medusa. I believe she carved her snakes out of upholstry foam, which is genius and crazy. She kept her costume a secret from all of us until the day she wore it!

    Anyway, I hope I’m not coming off too strong, but I’m serious about the we-should-be-friends-thing. I love your work. Find me at Steamcon! 🙂

    • Oh, I LOVED that Jekyl costume. You and your friend were such perfection. I just wanted to steal that idea. 😉 I’m glad you found me; I didn’t realize that was you in all those costumes, either. It’s sometimes hard to recognize people when they are always dressed up in different costumes and wigs, etc! I checked out the most recent post on your blog (all I had time for, I’ll come back later for more) and your new outfit for Steamcon is gorgeous! I love asian/middle eastern inspired steampunk.

      We definitely need to find each other at Steamcon; I agree that we should be friends! I’m going to be a panelist on three panels this year, and I’ve listed where and when on my other blog. Here: http://www.freewebs.com/dragonflydesignsbyalisa/apps/blog/show/34393908-steamcon

      If you want, email me at MiddleEarthFan@yahoo.com

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