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August 31 2014

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Steampunks on Parade

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By now, everyone is well versed in the intricacies of punk style—from Mohawks and safety pins to trash-bag dresses and Dr. Martens (and if you’re not, you might want to educate yourself via our Punk Quiz). But this past weekend in North Yorkshire, it was the sci-fi, nineteenth-century-inspired steampunks, rather than the streetwise seventies rebels, who reigned. A curious subculture that fuses Victorian garb with high-tech steam-powered accessories (think everything from handheld lasers to airships), steampunks gathered for a nineteen-year-old biannual festival in Whitby to show off their elaborate duds. We doubt we’ll be seeing any goggles or mechanical limbs at next week’s Met Ball, but those full-fingered rings (above) would make a punchy addition to any punk ensemble—steam or otherwise.

Photos: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

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