by MIKE CHAIKEN
At her booth at the Brass Ring Academy and Cabaret held at the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, Conn. Saturday, Midnight Orchid designer Ginger Seibert demonstrated the breadth of steampunk fashion.
Often, if one ponders steampunk (which is often described as what would happen if the future happened yesterday), you think of iron gears, mechanical gadgets, antiquated ray guns, felt bowler hats, brass goggles, and long Victorian skirts.
But Midnight Orchid’s garments at the event—which included a steampunk fashion show, steampunk-favored musical performances, and a variety of classes to better prepare you for living in a steampunk world– featured repurposed cloth in a variety of shapes and styles. One normally would not think of a kimono as particularly steampunk. However, in the rococo world of steampunk, there is nothing to say it doesn’t fit the genre. And another outfit, with a multitude of layers, defied definition. It was what it was. And it was right at home at the Brass Ring Academy and Cabaret.
PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN. Shot on location at the Museum of Fire History in the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, Conn.