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Mad hatters of Steampunk style

Move over Professor Brainstorm, Steampunk is turning cogs in fashionable circles. Recently described by the The Economist's Intelligent Life magazine as being “cyberpunk’s retro cousin,” Steampunk is rapidly becoming less a curious, geeky lifestyle/sub-culture and more part of the mainstream trend towards all things Victorian and Gothic.

However, there’s also a modern twist. Wikipedia says “Steampunk-influenced outfits will often be accented with a mixture of technological and period accessories: timepieces, parasols, goggles and ray guns. Modern accessories like cell phones or music players can be found in Steampunk outfits, after being modified to give them the appearance of Victorian-made objects.”

As retro-progressive style gains more popular appeal, the Steampunk influence is spreading beyond its following by goths, punks, cybergoths, industrial music fans, gamers and geeks:

London based publication, The Hat Magazine, recently ran a contest for the Hat Designer of the Year 2010, using Steampunk as the theme for millinery designs. Six finalists were chosen from all entries submitted. Their hats were showcased at the Premiere Classe trade fair in Paris at the beginning of September. Some of the designs are shown here.

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