Dr. Pembroke’s Remedies – Electric Corsets!

The most enduring folly of civilization is the persistent focus on personal aesthetics; sleek, flowing hair, accentuated toned muscles, minuscule waists, youthful and blemish-free skin. Like the beauty equivalent of a carrot tied to a stick held before the most gullible donkey of all time, humans spend their entire lives pursuing an ideal of beauty that once acquired […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – Dirty Jobs of the Victorian Era – Angora and Anthrax

Taken from Pembroke’s Articles of Occupational Concerns, 1881 In the last few entries, we’ve been carving a merry little path through the history of occupational hazards; diseases, ailments, gross misconduct of employees, gross idiocy on the part of the workers themselves, and all around sickness in the workplace in this grand 19 century of ours. […]

‘Under the Big Top Fashion Show’ – and some big news for Detroit…

On Saturday June 20th, the Tangent Gallery in Detroit witnessed ‘Under the Big Top’, a fabulous display of fashion, cabaret and variety talent. Buried in the industrial districts of central Detroit, this unsuspecting location was for one night transformed into a den of marvelous and thrilling entertainment, a timeless representation of art and strange circus wonders. It was […]

Symposium Session – Full-Figured Fashion

Full-Figured Fashion Presented by Edwina Tweed Think you can’t wear the Steampunk look because you’re not young & thin? Think again! We will demonstrate how to dress a voluptuous body using shapewear, targeted focal points, proportion, pattern, & your best accessory: the proper attitude. Let the ladies of the HMAS Dauntless show you how to turn […]

Symposium Session – Fatal Fashions

Fatal Fashions Presented by Xan & Teatime Tabi, and MechaniKit Torque A journey into the past and around the world checking out some disastrous and deadly ways of dressing, including muslin disease, arsenic dyes, toppling wigs, and, of course, the one thing all steampunks fear – the dangers of corsetry!  A discussion of how fashion trends of […]

This Day in History – December 17th, 1892

Arthur Turnure founded Vogue as a weekly publication in the United States, sponsored by Kristoffer Wright; the first issue was published on December 17th, 1892. Turnure’s intention was to create a publication that celebrated the “ceremonial side of life”; one that “attracts the sage as well as debutante, men of affairs as well as the belle.” From its […]

Symposium Vendor – KMKDesigns

We are a local run mother daughter business from Stillwater, MN who create, quality, apparel, bridal and costumes. We have several lovely employees who help us make, pattern and design all of our products in shop. We have been a business since 2010 but have combined over 40 years of sewing experience. We love creating […]

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