Steampunk Fashion, Orientalism & the Ethics of Art on the Steampunk Chronicle

Photo credit by Anna Fischer

Wilhemina Frame posts the second half of our interview at the Steampunk Chronicle

An excerpt:

WF: That brings up to me the whole Victorian concept of Orientalism, which was an art concept, a popular fashion concept, and a fascination that was held in the Victorian period especially in England but in Europe in general. Orientalism as I interpret it now, and this is my own personal interpretation, goes back to the concept of “The Other”. It has no foundation in reality. In Steampunk, if people are using that, but not being “travelers”, and they’re not trying to present an accurate viewpoint of a certain culture at that time — but they are referencing the historical aesthetics of Orientalism — how do you feel about that?

DP: (Laughs) Sorry, I’m laughing because you just asked a very long version of “Is this offensive if I do X, Y or Z?”

Part 1 can be read here. Part 2 is now live.


Filed under Beyond Victoriana Odds and Ends, Interviews

3 responses to “Steampunk Fashion, Orientalism & the Ethics of Art on the Steampunk Chronicle

  1. Reblogged this on Dead Machinery's Blog and commented:
    I’m very keen in discovering alternative views on orientalism and steampunk. When I went to the Historical Novel Conference in London, I did bring (and wear) my first attempt at an Oriental (Far East) inspired steampunk costume (photo incoming). Interesting article:)

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