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Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism Hardcover – October 19, 2013

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"The term steampunk was coined by sf writer K.W. Jeter in 1987 and represents a subculture whose neo-Victorian, ­retrofuturistic aesthetic has come to influence literature, home décor, music, and fashion internationally. Fifty brief profiles of clothing designers, musicians, and artists illustrate the many styles of steampunk fashion for men and women, from corseted gowns to adventure outfits accessorized with pith helmets and goggles. A freelance writer specializing in fashion (Alexander McQueen: Evolution), Gleason uses a scrapbook-style layout that includes several photographs and breezy descriptions of each artist’s work and inspiration. The volume also includes a foreword by Jeter and an introduction by blogger Diana M. Pho. Additionally, the novice do-it-yourselfer will appreciate the book’s ten projects with detailed instructions for accessorizing outfits. VERDICT More detailed resource or contact information would be useful, but avid steampunk fans will enjoy this fun survey." - Library Journal

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Katherine Gleason is the author of more than thirty books for adults and young people, including Alexander McQueen: Evolution (Race Point Publishing, 2012). Her short stories have appeared in Alimentum: The Literature of Food, Cream City Review, Mississippi Review Online, River Styx, and Southeast Review. She has also written articles for a number of periodicals, including the Boston Globe, Connoisseur, and Women’s Feature Service.

K. W. Jeter is the author of Morlock Night, Dr. Adder, The Glass Hammer, Noir, and other visionary science fiction and dark fantasy. In 1987, when discussing his novel Infernal Devices, he coined the term 'steampunk.' The sequel to that book is Fiendish Schemes (Tor Books, 2013). A native of Los Angeles, he currently lives in Ecuador.

Diana M. Pho possesses a deep-seated love of science fiction and fantasy literature. Known as Ay-leen the Peacemaker in the steampunk community, she has written academically about steampunk and lectures professionally across the United States. Diana also runs the multicultural steampunk blog Beyond Victoriana (www.beyondvictoriana.com). She currently lives and works in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Race Point Publishing (October 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937994287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937994280
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is absolutely stunning from a visual standpoint, with a great cover and beautiful imagery throughout. The book is by far the most descriptive I've found when it comes to detailing all of the various styles within Steampunk fashion, and helped me to discover a myriad of styles I had never known of. Very inspiring for fans of Steampunk, or those who love alternative fashion and haute couture.
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This beautiful tome is a sensual and visual treat from cover to cover. It looks good on a shelf, but deserves to be on your table where guests can see it and browse through it at a leisurely pace and partake of the wonders of Victorian Futurism. Full color photos through the whole book lays out the wide range of fashion and style, from the upper crust to the working class, found in steampunk.

It has a foreword by K.W. Jeter, the gentleman who coined the term "steampunk", and an introduction by Diana Pho, an icon in the steampunk community who writes the longest running steampunk multiculturalism blog. These two bring a font of information to the book in just a half dozen pages. Noam Berg, aka Painless Parker, brings us how to projects focusing on clothing and worn accessories, and projects focusing on fun things like blasters and goggles are covered by Won Park.

The author, Katherine Gleason, keeps things moving with interesting commentary, descriptions, and tidbits throughout the whole book. If you are looking to be dazzled, and also enjoy a bit of hands-on activities, you can't go wrong with Katherine Gleason and her Anatomy of Steampunk.
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Just got this book, and wow it is even better than I expected. It is filled with great content and photos. In the interest of full disclosure I did originally buy the book because one of the photos in it is mine. but once I opened it I just kept reading. Cant say enough about it.
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Beautiful photos of inspiring, original and innovative design. Well written and insightful. A must have reference book for those interested in film clothing or set design.
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A great new addition to my steampunk library. Just reviewing the images provides a wealth of ideas for our personal outfits. Well done.
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