|Alisa at Steamcon II wearing her hand-made geisha-inspired steampunk gown|
Miss K: Why did you decided to integrate a Japanese look into your steampunk ensemble?
Alisa: I have been interested in geisha for a long time, and had been planning to sew a traditional geisha costume. Then, quite suddenly, I discovered steampunk, and all my other costuming plans got pushed aside in favor of making something steampunk. I was reading someone's blog, and she mentioned that everyone always does "English" steampunk, and she wondered why hardly anyone branched out into other cultures. Something clicked in my mind, and the next day I was sketching out ideas to combine my previous costume plan with my new love of steampunk.
Miss K: How long did it take you to make/put together your ensemble?
Alisa: It was easily close to two years from start to finish, because I didn't have a set occasion to wear it, and so I worked on it in little bits and pieces. For awhile, I was thinking this was the outfit that would *never* be finished! But then I decided to attend Steamcon II, and that gave me the push to finally complete it.
Miss K: What was your favorite part of the process?
Alisa: Inventing all the little details, like the way the back of the skirt is constructed to resemble (in my mind anyway) an origami crane.
|Aforementioned train- one can also appreciate Alisa's hair, which is inspired off of traditional geisha styles.|
Alisa: I don't know that I discovered anything specific to this costume. I'd been reading about the geisha for years before I started it, so I was already pretty familiar with the culture.
Miss K: What sort of reactions do you get wearing your ensemble out/to events?
Alisa: This was easily the most popular costume I've ever worn. The reaction to it really amazed me! I wore it for the first time to Steamcon II, and I literally couldn't walk down a hall without someone complimenting me and asking for a picture. And usually the outfit attracted a crowd of people all snapping pictures at once; I felt like a celebrity! I had people comment that it was the best dress they had seen at Steamcon, which was incredible considering the quality of other people's work.
Alisa: It is such a natural combination; Victorians were very inspired by all things Asian. Plus, the fabrics, colors, and shapes of Japanese clothing are just so very beautiful. There are so many possible variations, from the subtle, to the extremely flamboyant!
Thanks Alisa, for sharing your multicultural steampunk journey with us, I'm glad I can share your fabulous results with people.
|My favorite touch- the geta/gaiter combo!|