Having attended Aethercon in 2014, I was very much looking forward to this year, and I was certainly not disappointed! This years event was run in conjunction with Costumefest, so there was a large array of both Cosplay and other interesting outfits from the crowds that attended, mostly tending toward Steampunk.
For those uninitiated, Steampunk is a loose alternate Victorian reality, driven mostly by Jules Verne fantasy, adventures into the unknown and the creative genius of its participants.
Firstly, Beatrice Carlson (pictured below). A consistent finalist at the World of Wearable Art competition, Beatrice had her amazing range of Cameos and clothing on offer. The Cameos are from her ''Vie de boheme'' collection. Very distinctive, and quite beautiful. Her work can be viewed at www.beatricecarson.com.
I spent a good part of the day speaking with Gracie from Clevedon Costumes and Vintage Apparel (below right), and the discussion we had was a story in it self. Gracie has a wealth of knowledge and some amazing outfits and accessories and is just an all round great person to talk to. We discussed the experience of purchasing vintage clothing and costumes from a dealer as opposed to online shopping. It really is a case of getting out there, meeting new people and talking to those who are well versed in fitting us out. Go visit your local stores folks, it's well worth your time and effort, as well as supporting those in the business of making us look great! Find Gracie on her Facebook page.
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Would you like to find out more about Steampunk? Check out Glory Days Issue 4 - A Victorian Christmas which you can access for free online from our archive!