In the past two weeks, Gene Forrer from the Steam Federation and Ariane Wolfe from the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition gave us their views of Steampunk costuming in the Bay Area. This week, the two of them share several resources for Steampunk costuming.
- Steampunk Emporium – They are located in San Jose but do Internet sales. Their people are super friendly and very helpful and patient when you have a million questions. They are constantly expanding what they have to offer and have really cool gizmos and gadgets as well as clothing.
- Sacramento City Dry Goods – Again these are super-friendly people who will take the time to help you find what you are looking for. They love the Steampunks and feature a section of the store with gadgets and gizmos, many of which are made by local Steampunks.
- Kraken Leather – Makes amazing leather goods that are all handmade and unique. Ask them about their Steampunk dog accessories.
- Katherine the Great of Blue Moon Designs – Makes wonderful pins and Steampunk pocket belts
- Sarah Lyons of Wicked Smileys – Does truly unique Steampunk hair pieces and ornamentation for hats using feathers, gears and other found objects
- House of Wormwood – Is in Clearlake but they create some very unique hats as well as a plethora of other items that are too many for me to list
- Opera Scura – Makes Steampunk and Gothic accessories
- Artofactory – Creates unique jewelry from industrial fasteners that really scream Steampunk.
- Kat “Full Steam” Powell – Makes wonderful original fabric accessories from her own original hand cut stencils
- Dark Garden – In San Francisco for corsetry
- Neverwas Haul – For goggles, safari hats and all sorts of props
- Dickens Christmas Fair – Through Dec. 18 at the Cow Palace. I can’t recommend it highly enough for anything and everything Victorian — hats, gloves, corsets, costume pieces, accessories. And you get a real feel for the era while you’re at it.
- Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition – our website also has a list of our 2011 vendors, many of whom are local
Due to the growing popularity of Steampunk, you can wear Steampunk costumes at Steampunk conventions, other conventions and events, and anywhere you want to be seen and make a fashionable but unique statement!
Copyright 2011, Jean Martin.
Like what you’ve read? Click on the “Like” button, leave a comment below and share this article with anyone whom you think might be interested. You can also find similar articles in my fanzine: Science Fiction/San Francisco.
If you want to read future articles regarding SF Costume Design, please click on the “Subscribe” button and/or “Like” the SF Costume Design Examiner page in Facebook.
If you have any questions or suggested topics, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information:
Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition
Other related articles:
Steampunk costuming in the SF Bay Area: Part 1
Part 2: Steampunk costuming in the SF Bay Area
Steampunk Picnic and Computer History Museum Tour (starts on p. 21)
Nova Albion Costume Contest Report (starts on p. 11)