Steampunk Snow White

 photo 040_zpsphkem1dx.jpgWhen was this costume first done? This costume was originally made in 2013 for Steamfest.  My all time favorite convention!  I also wore it to Steamfest 2014 when I did a panel on Steampunking existing characters.  This was a lot of fun and I appreciate the opportunity to do this!  The second year was a lot of fun seeing other people doing Steampunk versions of their favorite characters.

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Why did I do this costume?  I had been saying for a while that I would never be a Disney Princess.  Then, I got thinking that no one would expected it!  And no one did!  This was one of the most well received costumes I have ever done.  Too my surprise I had way too much fun embodying Snow White!

My best friend and costume wife, Anna Belle, was Steampunk Belle.  I don’t recall if she got Aspen’s Cosplay to do Steampunk Jasmine or if it just happened that way.  Either way, it was amazing!

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Photographer unknown. Taken on one of our phones.

I r photo 11041222_10206985507346498_7533576912203197326_n_zpsyw7i9iqc.jpgecently had the honor of this costume being featured in UGeek magazine advertising for Steamfest 2015!   It was a privilege to be involved in this publication!  This photo was taken by the talent Chopine Photography.

This image was also used in an interview with the photographer Chopine Photography! Click here for his tips on posing and so much more!

Other photo credit: Plainswalker Photography
Crossbow by
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Corset, cape, and yellow shirt made by
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Check out my other cosplays and costumes on my resume by clicking here. If you have already checked out my resume you may notice no new listings for 2017. This is because I have been joyfully creating art for my new business! Check it out on my Facebook, Intsagram, Redbubble, and StorEnvy sites!

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Misconceptions of Steampunk According to Mala

I have admired steampunk since I was in high school, but didn’t really immerse myself in the culture until 2012.  I by no means claim to be an expert on this subject. I only hope to open peoples eyes to the possibilities of the steampunk world.  And hope to inspire people to not limit themselves to only the Victorian Steam Era.

Some of my thoughts on misconceptions of steampunk do not agree with the limited literature or other blogs that I was able to locate while preparing this blog.   I was hoping to give you a ton of information backing these misconceptions.  However, there is not much out there regarding them, so you get pictures instead!  These were submitted from the steampunk communities I participate in.  So make sure to show them all a little love!

Through the past few years of immersing myself in this realm here are misconception I have noticed.  Again, these are my thoughts. Please feel free to agree or disagree as you see fit!

Misconception 1. Must be clothing and items from the Victorian England era. 
I feel that this is the biggest misconception out there.  You don’t have to wear a bustle or top hate to be steampunk.
Yes, this is the base of most steampunk but there are other influences into the subculture!  Below are examples of steampunk infused by time periods and cultures of the world other than Victorian England!

1930’s inspired Bonnie and Clyde by  Goombah Squad Cosplay & Props.

A geisha used in Salt City Steamfest 2014 Multi-Cultiral Steampunk Fashion Show!  I wish I had more pictures of all the amazing outfits used in this show!

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Photo by Nina Taggart

Persian inspired outfit created by Carol’s Custom Costumes.

 Bollywood inspired outfit by Makeup Siren.  Facebook. Deviant Art.

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Then you have these Post Apocalyptic outfits by Steampunk Pyramid Head and Lumi.
If you are not sure what Post Apocalyptic steampunk is heres a great explanation of this subgenre.  Please note, this website has no affiliation with this blog.

And you cannot forget my favorite, Dieselpunk!
This is the 1920s-1950s had there been different technology. It is often a militant style.  If you want more information about dieselpunk Click Here.  Please note this website has no affiliation with this blog.

Here is my first dieselpunk outfit.  With me is Anna Belle as an English explorer.

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Misconception 2. Steampunk is limited to browns and black.
Some once told me they don’t like steampunk because it is the goth kids who changed their black for brown.
Guess what, you don’t have to use brown or black if you don’t want to!

Check out the example below.
I think the heavy use of leather in steampunk may have contributed to this fallacy, but that is my opinion and I have no evidence to support it.
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Misconception 3. Steampunk requires a corset
Guess what, not true!   Shyna created this perfect outfit without a corset!
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Misconception 4.  You must have goggles.
Though goggles are staple of steampunk accessories, they are NOT required! Here is a beautiful example that an outfit can me amazing without them! Created by Shyna and Carol’s Custom Costumes.
Another thought about goggles is that your goggles can be any color you want!  Change out the lens to add a pop of color.  My dream steampunk closet has all sorts of colored goggles to go with my colored wigs!

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Photo by: Vladimir Chopine Photography

We also have  this strapping gentleman! Michael Mannon portrayal of Sgt Major Angus “Red Jack” MacMasters, Chief Engineer aboard the A.S.S. Titilus, copyright by Steam-Funk Studios.

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Photo by Brenda Howell, Dream Out Loud Photography

Misconception 5. Steampunk involves traditional hair.
As mentioned above I like to wear colored wigs with my steampunk. Why?  I love the colors it adds!  Check out the photo below! Sadly this is the only decent picture I have of one of my wigs.  The others are all blurry.  Color adds so much to steampunk.  As you can tell I even like to add funk colors of lipstick!  Why?  Cause steampunk can be what ever you want it to be!
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Misconception 6. There are limits to Steampunk

As you might guess from above I disagree with this thought!  I think that there are no limits to steampunk!
I think you are only limited to your imagination. That the world of fantasy and sci-fi can mix with steampunk technology and culture to create amazing characters and outfits!

Check out this list of creative steampunk inspired outfits!

Leprechaun!!!  This lovely lass even clogged in this outfit!! Corset and hat and all!!!!!

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Here is a Dia de los Muertos inspired steampunk.

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How about a steampunk fairy.   This is the one I made in 2014.

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Back view of steampunk mermaid by Criminal Mischief. Look at all the details and thought that went into this! You should check out the work in progress pictures on her Facebook page.

Or this  steampunk mermaid by Angry Mushroom Pixi Design?

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As with many things in life, the more you learn about steampunk the less you really know. I hope this blog will inspire you to experiment with steampunk and open your imagination. After all, my favorite thing about steampunk is that the character you design is only limited by your imagination!  I hope you are inspired by these designs for you next steampunk adventure!


I am also working on different cross over features. If you have a crossover steampunk outfit you want to see featured please email me at AdventureWithMala@gmail.com. Please include the photo, your Facebook or website, and photographer credits.

Kurios- Cabnet of Curiosities by Cirque du Soleil

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Me and the hubby all decked out for Kurios!

Live Performance. Steampunk.

Those of you who only follow this blog, you may not know that I LOVE Steampunk!  Many who follow me on Facebook may not know it either. BUT I LOVE STEAMPUNK! In addition to that I love Cirque du Soleil.  I recently had the opportunity, thanks to some amazing friends, to see their most recent traveling show.  BTW, these friends are so amazing that they even dressed in Steampunk to see the show with me.  Check out the picture at the bottom of this blog!  I mean, how often do you get to see a Steampunk themed show!  So why not dress the part!  I loved that we were not the only ones who did this.  But I will say we were the best dressed!  In fact, other patrons thought we were part of the show and wanted their pictures with us!  That is a compliment in my opinion!

When this show performed in Seattle it was literal under the big top! You can see it in the picture of me and my husband.   This defiantly added to the mesmerizing aspects of the show.  I have seen several Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas and traveling shows through Utah, where you do not get this opportunity.  If you are in the Seattle area take advantage of this awesome feature!

The show opens up with a laboratory of old fashion experiments, really bringing the essence of Steampunk to the audience!  This is the first show I have been to that the action and entertainment were already going as you found your seats.  There are so many details you can see this show several times and still find new things!  This can be said throughout the whole show as well!  As the show continues you see a Steampunk inspired train. mechanical hand, electric eels, and so much more!

The costume photo chaossynchro_han8927_zpsbkpeaudc.jpgs were amazing! As always Cirque du Soleil designers out did themselves. The detail and Steampunk influences are nicely done and do not distract from the performances.  The staff really did their research on elements of the culture. One of my favorite costume pieces was the pavillon, a.k.a. horn, atop the main singers head.  You can see the hat here in this behind the scenes video.  I felt truly inspired for future Steampunk costumes myself.  If you see this show I hope you feel the same!

The performances really pushed the human limits and the imagination!  As the synopsis of the show said it was meant to do.  You see everything from an invisible circus to a trampoline act, a trick yo-yo performance to aerial straps, and from contortionists to balancing acts.  I can’t think of a Cirque show that pushed the limits like this one did!  And I have seen a lot of their shows!  If you want a full list of the performance click here.  To be honest I couldn’t pick one act as my favorite in this show.  The performers were on their best game that night!

The music makes you want to get up an dance too!  You can ask my husband I tried to get him to jive a little before the show.  I have been listening to the music in my car nonstop since I got the soundtrack.  Which is available at the show or on iTunes.

For a glimpse of the Steampunk performing awesome in the Cirqu du Soleil official trailer of Kurios click here.

For the Official Website click here.  See if they are coming to a city near you so you can see this breath taking show as well!

Added 4/2015.    BTW, the soundtrack is currently available on Spotify for free.  😉

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