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Kooky, creative and mysterious ... it's steampunk

Cassandra Booth adds the finishing touch to Eva Vivacia's steampunk look.
Cassandra Booth adds the finishing touch to Eva Vivacia's steampunk look. Claudia Baxter

 

Cassandra Booth's corsetry collection and steampunk workshops have proved popular with steeampunk trend-setters. Eva Vivacia models a steampunk look from The Dark Magician on Bell Street. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Cassandra Booth's corsetry collection and steampunk workshops have proved popular with steeampunk trend-setters. Eva Vivacia models a steampunk look from The Dark Magician on Bell Street. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

THE steampunk genre is kooky, creative and mysterious, and that's where much of its attraction lies, says enthusiast Cassie Booth.

The Cassandra's Closet owner said there was great interest in the workshops, corsetry and other fashion associated with the science-fiction and art genre known as steampunk.

Ms Booth said steampunk was focused on celebrating the excitement and creativity of the inventive period at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

"Back then they thought that science would save the world... they looked ahead with great excitement and I think we're doing the same now," she said. "We like to encourage people to make their own accessories and (costume) weapons and explain their purpose."

We like to encourage people to make their own accessories and (costume) weapons and explain their purpose.

Because steampunk is focused on creativity, fashion is also a big part of the genre.

"Finding fashion was difficult so I started making Victorian ladies' suits," Ms Booth said.

"We encourage ladies to start with a basic corset and build from there, looking for long skirts and button-up shirts.

"Top hats and canes are also big, and stripy pants for gentlemen. It's about creating a character and having fun."

Top hats and canes are also big, and stripy pants for gentlemen. It's about creating a character and having fun.

Topics:  science fiction steampunk