Steampunk Fashion – Louis Vuitton Paris Fashion Week – Models and Goggles

foto via Dolores Delargo Towers
foto via Dolores Delargo Towers


The Show

“The jaw-dropping presentation began with clouds of smoke as a custom-made Louis Vuitton locomotive pulled onto the runway. The models donned flappy hats, cigarette pants, elbow gloves and fur collared coats. They were seated two by two in the train and were each helped off by a train attendee, according to Fashionista. They were then escorted down the runway by a porter who carried their Louis Vuitton luggage and bags”…. summarized by Huffington Post

The fashion itself was not “Steampunk” but with the shiny and majestic steam engine train rolling in, and some silhouetted models in goggles Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2012/2013 runway show at Paris Fashion Week by Marc Jacobs brought a bit of the Steampunk feel to high fashion, at least in show. It seems the growing Steampunk Zeitgeist is in tune, as Wilde Imagination just unveiled its Robert-Tonner-designed Steampunk fashion doll line “Imperium Park” yesterday, my favorite of which is the “Air Ship Captain Outfit”:

Air Ship Captain Outfit


Vuitton and Tonner Doll

And we know from only a few months ago, the heart of Vuitton fashion is not far from Tonner Doll, as can be seen in this fabulous Fabrizio Viti collection of doll-sized, Tonner-loving Vuitton shoes. Spectacular.



3 responses to “Steampunk Fashion – Louis Vuitton Paris Fashion Week – Models and Goggles

    1. Maybe it wasn’t literally Steampunk, all cogs and gears and metal. I thought it was more Downton Abbey meets haute couture of the early1910’s with some 1920’s influences and all given a modern twist–especially the hats and the heels of those shoes–1920’s definately, with very high, almost clunky heels. The cigarette pants were a bow to Chanel and others actually daring to wear pants in the first decades of the 20th century, but shortened and slimmed down further to meet the needs of then modern travel–by steam-powered trains. The coat collars seemed more felt than fur, unless it was a very short, sheared fur. The buttons were not cogs and gears, but clearly influenced– by them:the glamorous super-rich and chic interpretation of such common items. The show was kind of an idealized, glammed up Steampunk, with all the ladies having classic Vuiton bags carried by “servants”, not themselves of course! I loved the cut of some of the coats, especially the curving and flared hems. The hats were influenced by the haute couture of the early-to mid 1910’s where some of the shapes appear sometimes ridiculous to today’s eyes, as the huge Edwardian hats slowly evolved into the simpler cloches of the mid to late 1920’s.

      1. Love, love, love your description and breakdown Cindy. Yes, not very sure how much Steampunk is in this, other than the very impactful and dramatic steam engine rolling into the runway. That alone communicated some of the love of the mechanism, and the idealized dream of “steam” power, then coupled with romantic fashion. There were goggles of course, but very little else directly Steampunk. But it is interesting to see even a strong nod to Steampunk in Paris. When a genre starts to be incorporated there it usually is a threshold crossed. I wonder if this is just the beginning.

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