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What Is Steampunk Exactly? And Where Did It Come From?

What Is Steampunk Exactly? And Where Did It Come From?



Some questions we get asked all the time are what is Steampunk exactly? And where did it come from? In this article, we wanted to answer those questions definitively!



Steampunk today can actually be defined in several ways. When it comes to media and entertainment, it is looked at as a sub-genre of science fiction that uses technology and aesthetic designs inspired by the 19th century. Steampunk works often take place in alternative history worlds where Steam powered technology is extremely prominent. This is usually one of the most defining aspects of many Steampunk works. For example, Steampunk technology often displays Steam powered cars, airships, and analog computers. Typically, the technology and aesthetic shown are nearly as advanced as the technology we have in our modern world but with a distinctly retro look and feel.

Steampunk also refers to an artistic style and clothing fashion that's been developed thanks to the numerous Steampunk works out there. This style and fashion have a distinctly Victorian feel inspired by late 19th and early 20th-century design. But it also has a touch of retro-futurism thanks to the prominent display of Steam powered designs and technology.



Steampunk is typically thought to have originated in literary fiction. The first known appearance of the term Steampunk was in 1987. The term originally was used jokingly as a derivative of the term cyberpunk. But Steampunk is now used to define literary works created as far back as the 1950s! Since these fictional works have been around for decades now, it was only a matter of time until it became more prominent in the fashion world. And it's growth and popularity has started to increase exponentially! Since the early 2000s, multiple Steampunk fashion stores have opened up and the style is becoming more and more common in media around the world.  



This awesome world, genre, niche, fashion, etc is only going to continue to grow! We're huge fans of Steampunk here at Steampunk Town ( Who would have guessed with a name like ours! ) so we want to continue to promote it as much as possible! We're especially huge fans of the gorgeous fashion and style that's been developed out of this genre. If you're interested in learning more about this exciting world then be sure to check out our blog! We're constantly reporting on the latest Steampunk news in addition to sharing our favorite example of Steampunk in fashion, media, and entertainment!

The Steampunk Town Blog

And if you love the gorgeous aesthetic of Steampunk fashion and style, definitely check out our shop as well. We handpick and curate an awesome collection of Steampunk items from around the world!

The Steampunk Town Shop



Until next time!