Despite how interested I am in the future, I am even more interested in the past. I love learning about history, particularly about how people used to live back in the pre-industrial eras. I love reenactments, museums, Renn Faires, and in general any excuse to dress up as someone from the past for a little while. I love wearing corsets, and long flowing skirts, and ruffly shirts.
Fashion is one of the trappings of modern society that I like the least. As a female, it’s nearly impossible to go in a store and get a pair of shorts that provide modest coverage, or a skirt that is longer than thigh length. While these work great for some occasions, there are times that I’d like a nice knee-length skirt that wasn’t styled for a soccer mom.
But as much as I loathe the clothes fashions for women, I hate men’s fashion even more. Baggy clothing that doesn’t fit properly, pants sagging to the point where they look about to fall at a moment’s notice… it’s just not attractive to me. Perhaps this is because I grew up watching period romances, and attending Renn Faire, but I prefer the styles of 1600-1800 European clothing. This is one reason why I’m interested in Steampunk – it involves people wearing clothes in older styles, that actually fit well! Unfortunately, despite the fact that Steampunk is a growing trend, it didn’t seem to influence any “serious” designers.
Until now, that is.