Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Clockpunk Finally Making the News-Thanks to the Steampunk Chronicle!

I wanted to share this with everyone to show that Clockpunk is making real progress in getting press and gaining acceptance as a distinct and vital sub-genre of Steampunk.  The difference is mostly one of the time period that most of the basic clothing style is derived from, which would be almost anything earlier than Victorian, but primarily the time from Leonardo Da Vinci (around 1500) up until the Victorian era.  Another major difference is that it focuses more on clockwork as a primary form of power and high level technology more than electricity, heat engines, or steam power although those appear as well.  They are simply not as prevalent.  You can also expect to see the real high tech gadgets, rayguns for instance, less often, or at least camouflaged, such as a design I am working on that would house a seizure inducing strobe light in the body of a flintlock pistol.  It would be a lot less likely to get my character burned as a witch (remember the time period we are talking about?) and yet it could fire repeatedly with a power capable of dropping many of my enemies helpless to the decks where they are utterly disabled then can't seem to recall much of what just happened.  This again could protect my reputation as a respectable, (... well ... sort of respectable as privateers go anyway) businessman in the business of relieving enemy ships of their cargo more than in killing all of their crew.  Just a thought.

What matters most is that "Clockpunk" (sometimes even referred to as "Renpunk if the costume is old enough in style) can help bridge the gap between the Renfair sub-culture, the Pirate fair sub-culture (believe me these have true sub-culture elements among them!) and the Steampunk sub-culture by encouraging those other groups to pull their glorious, intricate, and beautiful attire out of the closet (in their group's off season), add some gears, cogs, goggles, and gadgets, then walk in as the center of attention at any "Steampunk event" they desire to attend.  Not only that, this can forge strong alliances between strong communities that should be, and can be mutually supportive.  We already share a lot of crossover membership and crossover interest, but not so much actual crossover in other ways.  I and the "Kali's Hourglass Acting Troupe, plan to do what we can to remedy that.  This article is just the beginning!

Editor's Note:  I made a typo in the article in which I stated that while knee breeches started going out of style around 1900, they continued in formal wear and military uniforms well into the early Victorian Era .  The concept is correct, but the year this was noticably changing was intended to read "the year 1800" rather than 1900-my apologies for the error.  Hopefully you understand what was intended.

See the abbreviated version on the Steampunk Chronicle at:

The origianl full length version with a little more detail is still here on this blog site at:

Hello, Ramon Leon del Mar
Thanks for your article Clockpunk, Georgian, and Revolutionary Era Steampunk Fashion. It is approved and published.
Regards team

1 comment:

  1. After I wrote this -

    - I think I wrote to Renaissance Magazine in the mid 90's trying to interest them in that idea of extending their interest into 'Clockpunk' (before it was really a genre with a name). I don't recall hearing back.