– 27.05.2008

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Subcultures are a funny thing. Until recently you didn’t even know they existed at all but as soon as you do it becomes apparent that they influence every genre of our popular culture. For example: Those unaware might have noted the aesthetic expression of a time-traveling fantasy world in the Smashing Pumpkins’ video to „Tonight, Tonight“ in 1996. But there you go, it’s not just a look it’s a whole subculture that was established in the late 1980s, namely steampunk.

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And once you’ve recognized this movement you can find steampunk(s) everywhere. Just think 19th century Victorian era (when steam power was invented, duh) combined with science fiction elements. Movies like “The City of Lost Children” (with costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier) or “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” are steampunk and the last 20 years it was mainly a literary taste. But it seems that this style spreads throughot music, fashion (Andre 3000 in his Jule Verne inspired outfit waering a gentleman’s waistcoat, knickerbockers and a flat cap) and even gadgetry: devoted aficionados take the latest technology and accessories and redesign or adjust them to incorporate touches of the past. Flat-screen TVs are modified with a burlap frames and for iPhones there are burnished brass cases.

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