What Is Steampunk Exactly? And Where Did It Come From?

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Some questions we get asked all the time are what is Steampunk exactly? And where did it come from? In this article, we wanted to answer those questions definitively!

So What Is Steampunk Exactly?

Steampunk today can actually be defined in several ways. When it comes to media and entertainment, it is looked at as a sub-genre of science fiction that uses technology and aesthetic designs inspired by the 19th century.

Steampunk works often take place in alternative history worlds where Steam powered technology is extremely prominent. This is usually one of the most defining aspects of many Steampunk works. For example, Steampunk technology often on display are Steam powered cars, airships, and analog computers. Typically, the technology and aesthetic shown are nearly as advanced as the technology we have in our modern world but with a distinctly retro look and feel.


Steampunk also refers to an artistic style and clothing fashion thats been developed thanks to the numerous Steampunk works out there. This style and fashion has a distinctly victorian feel inspired by late 19th and early 20th century design. But it also has a touch of retro futurism thanks to the prominent display of Steam powered designs and technology.

So Where Did Steampunk Come From?

Steampunk is typically thought to have originated in literary fiction. The first known appearance of the term Steampunk was in 1987. The term originally was used jokingly as a derivative of the term cyberpunk. But Steampunk is now used to define literary works created as far back as the 1950s!

Since these fictional works have been around for decades now, it was only a matter of time until it became more prominent in the fashion world. And it’s growth and popularity has started to increase exponentially! Since the early 2000s, multiple Steampunk fashion stores have opened up and the style is becoming more and more common in media around the world.

















What’s Next For Steampunk?

This awesome world, genre, niche, fashion, etc is only going to continue to grow! We’re huge fans of Steampunk here at Steampunk Heaven ( Who would have guessed with a name like ours! ) so we want to continue to promote it as much as possible!

We’re especially huge fans of the gorgeous fashion and style that’s been developed out of this genre. If you’re interested in learning more about this exciting world then be sure to check out our blog! We’re constantly reporting on the latest Steampunk news in addition to sharing our favorite example of Steampunk in fashion, media, and entertainment!

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And if you love the gorgeous aesthetic of Steampunk fashion and style, definitely check out our shop as well. We hand pick and curate an awesome collection of Steampunk items from around the world!

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Until next time!

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2 thoughts on “What Is Steampunk Exactly? And Where Did It Come From?

  1. Grimulkin says:

    I have been a huge fan of the steam punk esthetic for a very long time. This is reflected by my taste in movies that harkens back to my early childhood with films like 20,000 leagues under the sea from 1954 but most notably by the 1984 production of Frank Herbert’s masterpiece “Dune” in witch the steam punk esthetic is best represented with the Production Design by Anthony Masters and especially the costumes designed by Bob Ringwood.

    I am now 65 years old (I’m officially an old fart) but much of my wardrobe harkens back to the 18th century and I very much appreciate the availability of clothing and accessories now available through your company and others such as Shrine of Hollywood. For these accouterments, quality of craftsmanship is paramount to me. Please keep the good stuff coming.


    “Valar Morghulis”

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