The appearance of a corset steampunk as a genre and style may have been one of the most significant events in pop culture of the 21st century. The corset steampunk itself is difficult to determine because there has never been any “official” organization providing these definitions or parameters. But this is the paradox of the steampunk movement itself – not having a specific set of criteria for what is or is not steampunk is one of the steampunk appeals. Some people even commented that steampunk “no matter what you or I say is true,” but, in my opinion, this is too weak a definition to count on much.
Since we do not have any “written in stone” standards for what qualifies as a steampunk, the least we can do is put our detective hat on (optional) and determine which topics are common to images, movies, and art, are designated as “steampunk”, and, hopefully, draw our tips. One of the most common themes that we see in steampunk specimens is a kind of fantasy world where the past meets the future; in particular, the era of the Victorian era or the era of the Edwardian era and the feelings of the last meeting, perhaps, technological achievements in the future.
One of the most attractive aspects of steampunk for me personally is the emphasis on anachronistic machines that are “somehow” tuned in the same way as futuristic ones. In the world of steampunk, many things are equipped with a steam engine and take a look at the early industrial era, wear corsets, helmets, and upper caps abound, but they can still be combined with clothes or devices that appear centuries later on the historical scale of history.
Corset steampunk weakly refers to the category of costumes, or “cosplay” for brevity. The reason for this is that the Steampunk enthusiasts will be present at meetings where they can wear their last monocle or necklace with cyber influence made from old watch movements and the like. I think that most of us who like steampunk a little appreciate the combination of elements of the early technology of the industrial age and more modern references to cyberspace. I’ve even heard that some people refer to steampunk as a cyberpunk for the same reasons.
I think that what gives corset steampunk strength is an emphasis on creativity, as well as on the process of using several “ready” objects of the past to create something new and innovative. This, for me, provides the substance with a steampunk style. Although steampunk (along with almost any other things in life) will have its opponents and critics, one thing that no one can refute is an excellent channel for creative expression.