Friday, October 29, 2010

Brooklyn Indie Market Steampunk Day III at the Dumbo Lofts

On Sunday, October 24th, the Brooklyn Indie Market held their third annual Steampunk Day at the Dumbo Lofts from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Niffer, of 19Moons, and I were thrilled to be able to participate in the event as vendors for the second year in a row.

The prior two events had been held at their weekly location, under the red and white striped tent at Smith and Union, but growing attendance numbers and inclement weather the past two years caused the need for a larger indoor venue. 

The larger venue allowed space for additional vendors as well as the addition of a Steampunk corner and salon sponsored by Tor Books and  From the opening of the event, at 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, complimentary tea and scones were offered, books were available for sale by Mobile Libris, and readings were offered by a number of interesting personalities and authors.  More information about this portion of the event, including the line up of readers and selections read can be found on

For a small fee, attendees could take home a photographic memento created for them by Tsirkus Fotografika who employ a mobile photo lab, analog film, and old-fashioned camera equipment to create photos with a vintage appeal, much like the travelling photographers of the past.

This year's vendors included:

Ami Nyitray Designs
Barker's Herbs & Heirlooms
Sole Arts
Jenny Sparrow
Ezra's Cousin
Jen Claire
Once Lost Jewelry
I'm Handmade
RockLove Jewelry
Sultana Jewelry
Nemesis Jewelry
Ingkay & Onssay Co.
Sylvia Holden
Andy's House of Design
David Brunell-Brutman

One of the most refreshing aspects of the day was the high number of attendees in street clothes mingling with those in steampunk attire.  I always enjoy seeing a wide variety of interpretations of steampunk style at events, and this was no exception.  However, those not in costume were equally welcome and for some, this may have been their first introduction to Steampunk and hopefully they'll now want to learn more about it.  For this reason, I'm especially thankful that most participants in the steampunk subculture are accepting of anyone with an interest in the genre and don't make those not dressed according to some predefined ideal feel unwelcome. 

The fashion show, presided over by the Master of Ceremonies August Wahnsinger, began at 4:00 pm and featured several designers who'd also exhibited as vendors during the day.  Following an opening performance by Lola Lola Dance Theatre the first portion featured designs by:

Artificial Intrigue
Kristin Costa
Studio Hibernacula

After a brief intermission, the second portion featured designs by:

KVO Designs
Blooms in the Night
Heartless Revival
Berit New York with hats by La China Loca

While all the designs were certainly a tribute to creativity, the spirit of steampunk, and had aspects to be admired, my personal favorites were the styles created by KVO Designs and Berit New York.  This proclamation is based on the Victorian influence clearly present in the designs, their wearability, and frankly, my own personal taste.  I truly admired several items by several of the other designers as well.  This was yet another of the events that exceeded my expectations and I'm eagerly awaiting next year's event.  Kudos to Kathy Malone from the Brooklyn Indie Market, and all those who assisted her, for putting on yet another utterly phenomenal Steampunk Day!

All of the photos I took at the event as well as those taken by others can be viewed on Flickr here.

Several members of the media attended the event this year and some of the coverage , including video of the fashion show, can be seen at the following links:  Steampunk Fashion Show Churns Out Style in Dumbo

Brooklyn Exposed: Photo Gallery of Steampunk Fashion Show: People, Designers, Merchandise

Steampunk Fashion Show Event

NY:  Steampunk Fashion Show

Time Out New York:  Steampunk Day Photos

MetroMix:  Steampunk Fashion Show 2010

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