The Rag’s Steampunk Wishlist

Steampunk

Dear Steampunk Santa on your rocket-powered sleigh, I have been very good this year. I have not invaded another universe nor seized command of any airships. I have cut down on the laudanum and am looking forward to my first gin for six months on Christmas morning. If this persuades you that I am a … Read more

Get the Victorian Goth Look

Some Goths revel in a post-apocalyptic world of PVC, huge boots, chains and denim. But others prefer a more romantic look of lace and corsets. This look is great for sauntering around ancient ruins, confusing fellow shoppers at the supermarket or standing out at gigs. Click these images to find some excellent pieces to put … Read more

Handmade Canes by Cavagnini

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You would have thought that a handmade pewter-topped cane to your size would be expensive – especially if engraved with your initials. Think again. Robert Cavagnini is an artisan brand of walking canes established in 1999 that will make you a cane ready to dispatch in just two days for about 50 pounds plus postage. … Read more

Sartorial Death Metal?

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Heavy metal is generally thought to be anything but dressy. But a few bands towards the extreme end of the metal spectrum have defied the stereotype of denim and corpse paint by opting for more tailored attire. Akercocke Blackened death metal legends Akerocke reformed last year and have since released a new album “Renaissance In … Read more

The Timeless Hussar Uniform

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From the Napoleonic Wars onwards the hussar uniform became the most opulent and decorative item of military style to have ever graced the blood and smoke of the battlefield. The eminent costume historian James Laver described the visual purposes of military uniform succinctly in his book ‘Modesty in Dress’ as: enhance the manly feeling of … Read more