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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (March 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076434207X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764342073
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Collecting since age 15, Victoriana Lady Lisa travels the world with her personal antique traveling museum of Victorian and Edwardian fashions and artifacts, c. 1840-1919.

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Who Is Victoriana Lady?

The Passion Projects LLC presents author/historian Lisa Griffiths, aka Victoriana Lady, who has a passion for the 19th century.

A published author of International Steampunk Fashions, she is currently writing a second book, a Victorian/Edwardian fashions book, both by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. A third book, with Steampunk designer/model phenom Kato, is also being discussed. Lady Lisa also has the honor of being a portrait model for artists in PA and recently for famed impressionist, Jude Abbe, a member of one of the oldest and most prestigious art associations in the country, the Rockport Art Association. Lovely seaside Rockport, MA is where Lady Lisa resides.

Victoriana Lady has the privilege of being featured nationally. In 2011, she had a cameo appearance on one of the top rated reality shows, Oddities. It was filmed in Manhattan at Obscura Antiques, where she wore her antique Mourning clothing and jewelry. Also featured media wide in Victorian Homes magazine, a PA B&B magazine, as well as numerous newspaper interviews. She released a DVD, Victorian Fashions At The Mansion, filmed at the nationally acclaimed Stegmaier Mansion Bed & Breakfast. Prior to this she portrayed the highly respected nurse Esther Tinsley, circa 1900, in a DVD film entitled Haven On The Hill. (Both DVD's are sold out.)

She is a nationally acclaimed professional speaker, celebrating her 10th year. Victoriana Lady specializes in the Victorian & Edwardian era. Through her on line persona Lady Lisa transforms her passion for 19th century Victorian fashions into a romantic and memorable portrayal of life and times during the Gilded Age. You can re-live what life was like during your ancestors day, at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Victorian Lady accomplishes this with charm, grace, authentic antique clothing, and artifacts from her own personal collection, circa 1840-1919. A literal traveling museum and an exciting peek into Grandmother's attic!!

Lady Lisa enjoys many aspects of entertaining, she was a previous caterer of afternoon Victorian Tea Parties for women and children where she baked homemade pastries, presented on family heirloom China and lace linens.

The lady has a most special man in her life, soul mate John Thomas Grant, respected photographer and author of the inspirational and moving book Final Thoughts- Eternal Beauty In Stone, by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Although she's had many setbacks in her life, there's no stopping this determined, dedicated woman. That's another story for another time. Future goals include in a few years a Victorian museum/gallery/café with her homemade frosted gourmet nuts, and pastries.

To stay in touch, she loves to receive your comments, contact Lady Lisa at VictorianaLadyLisa@gmail.com.

You can follow her on her web site: http://victorianalady.com/
Blog site: http://victorianaladylisa.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VictorianaLady
Facebook pages under Victoriana Lady Living History Actress, Victorian Mourning, and The Passion Projects.

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I was blown away!
Beth Wilder
If you have interest in Steampunk, Victorian fashion or costuming, or just like looking at beautiful images, this book is highly recommended.
Russell B. Turner
This is a lovely book printed on quality paper with absolutely beautiful photographs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russell B. Turner on April 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
First off, full disclosure: I'm a photographer and have 5 images that were included in this book but I don't receive any compensation from sales.

Alright, now that THAT bit is out of the way: This is truly a gorgeous book. Extremely well done. Author Victoriana Lady Lisa has accumulated hundreds of examples of Steampunk fashion and compiled them into this lovely book. The book itself is hardcover, and the pages are full color gloss printing on good quality paper. The book is not a "how-to", there aren't any patterns or instructions. Rather, the book is a fantastic inspiration source. The book contains the work of photographers, fashion designers and individuals from around the world and covers a grand spectrum of steampunk styles.

If you have interest in Steampunk, Victorian fashion or costuming, or just like looking at beautiful images, this book is highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CostumeDesigner on May 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
International Steampunk Fashions doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: A picture book. The only text besides photo captions is a brief introductory definition of steampunk fashion, which you don't need to read if you have any acquaintance with steampunk. Editor "Victoriana Lady Lisa" requested and then assembled about 190 pages' worth of colorful photos from different steampunkers. The effect is like a steampunk issue of Vogue magazine: Young, lithe, beautiful, predominantly white people wearing extreme fashions and lots of makeup strike highly stylized and often sexy poses all over the place. Corsets are much in evidence. If you are a steampunker--or at least an advanced one--you will undoubtedly get some good ideas for outfits. Especially if you're female, thin, and gorgeous. But don't count on this book for any practical information on making or otherwise obtaining steampunk fashions. That's not what it's for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ramey on May 25, 2013
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When I first read that "Victoriana Lady Lisa" Griffiths was releasing a Steampunk-related book, I knew it was going to be something special. Lady Lisa has Victorian/Edwardian credentials that distinguish her as truly unique in her field of passion. I recently had the honor of interviewing her about her past (and her passion for the past) for a recent blog post about her on www.ninemusepress.com. At the time of that blogpost, however, I hadn't yet received my copy of her new book, International Steampunk Fashions. So it was with no small degree of anticipation that I awaited its arrival at my doorstep.

The book is, in one word, delicious. Like any good tour guide, Lady Lisa offers a quick primer concerning the topic, setting the stage for what's to come. Once done she steps aside, returns to the shadows, and lets the pictures do the talking (look closely, though - she's in a few of those pix!). Every page is overflowing with Victorian/sci-fi photography contributed by some of the top Steampunk designers, photographers and models in the world. It's a delightful kaleidoscope of corsets, clock gears and bowler hats, all luxuriously framed within an absolutely stellar book design by Danielle Farmer. There's very little white space in this book - every inch seems to offer some bit of fascinating Steampunk eye candy. And fortunately the page dimensions are generous as well, giving the models and settings an opportunity to stretch out and overwhelm.

And Schiffer Publishing certainly didn't scrimp as far as quality. The full-color, bleed-off-the-page printing is vivid and crisp, and the pages are heavy and hold the inks well. Being a book collector myself, I'm truly excited to see this well-produced work find a place of honor in my collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Biddle on April 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Steampunk as defined within the pages of this book "finally" makes sense to me! Lisa Griffiths has outdone herself once again in the creation of this informative and lovely book. Packed from cover to cover with exquisite photos of the fashion, it's definition and the joy found within the art and artists, Steampunk Fashions will delight all from cover to cover. Make the small investment in this tome, it's quality photos, art and the incredible coverage of the subject far surpass it's minimal cost. I am proud and pleased to own this fascinating and informative book and recommend it highly to any with a love of fashion and unique art. Lisa captures not only the fantasy and creative bent to this subject but presents it in one beautiful glossy page after another. It will serve to inspire and envelope you with creativity! WOW! This is one GORGEOUS book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Talvi TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
International Steampunk Fashions is a thoroughly presented tome of eye candy - a huge assortment of images of various steampunk costumes.

The book is arranged by location of the fashion wearers or designers - e.g., North/South America, Europe, New Zealand, etc. I found that to be an odd distinction, though, since it really isn't relevant to the fashion or the readers. I would have liked to see the book broken down by fashion inspiration: by e.g., British, British Colonial, American Eastern, and American West. Or, even, by female costumes, male costumes, and groups.

Of course, the book's breadth is achieved through a liberal definition of the term speampunk (stick a girl scantily clad in gold lame in a picture and call it steampunk?). As well, image quality varies greatly from full professional portrait work to quick point and shoot shots in bad light at local conventions. Sometimes, the quality of the costume makes up for the bad photography and sometimes, well, it just doesn't and the page is a waste of time. I kind of wish the book author had taken a decent portable studio to various steampunk events and professionally photographed the models in a consistent format. But then I guess we wouldn't have the breadth of the book. Still....some more editing might have made the book a bit more solid and less scattershot.

None of the costumes are described or any information provided about them except the photographer/model. It would have been nice to have more information about what the artist or model was going for with the fashion or how it was made.

Those quibbles aside, this really is a feast for the eyes. If you like or love steampunk, you'll be lovingly going over this book often - getting inspiration and appreciated the work and love put into the genre by the models and artisans who make the costumes.

Received as an arc from the publisher.
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