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Dieselpunk sightings: Arisia SF Con 2009

Posted in Aesthetics, community, DIY by flyingfortress on October 21, 2009

*Update: Improbcat is the photographer, not the person pictured below. Sorry for the confusion.

I just happened to stumble upon Flickr user Improbcat‘s great dieselpunk outfit from this year’s Arisia convention and had to share it:

Improbcat at Arisia 2009

Improbcat at Arisia 2009

The hat, tie, headphones, and armband are excellent touches.

The contrasts are easy to see next to the steampunk costumes that are in other pictures from that set. While the crew of Steam Trek looks quite good in tassles, gold trim, and other such extravagances, the military look in dieselpunk style takes on cleaner lines, simpler uniforms, and modern neckties. This outfit cuts a very distinct 40s-era airforce or navy look with a few well-chosen accessories. It looks great as it is, but if someone else wants to try a variation on the theme: add medals, some more early electronic equipment, try a shirt with buttoned breast pockets, chevrons and other military insignia, boots, map cases and period backpacks, etc.

Improbcat: if you see this post, we’d love to see a few closeups of that armband, the equipment you have on your tie, and are those straps for a backpack? Let us know if you have any detail pictures in the comments.


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  1. Improbcat said, on October 21, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I’m the photographer, but that isn’t me in the shot, it is a friend of mine.

    There isn’t a backpack or custom tie. She is wearing a WW2 chest microphone, the straps hold it in place and the unit sits in the middle of her chest with the mic stickign out. The unit looks something like this

    The armband has a custom patch for their “Deathangels Squadron”, which is their squad of rocketeers. You can see a shot of them in those outfits as the first shot in this gallery.

    • flyingfortress said, on October 22, 2009 at 1:05 am

      Heheh my mistake. Good photo, though! What’s your take on that look?

    • hayenmill said, on June 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm

      Hello Improbcat. I’m currently doing a video on dieselpunk fashion, and I was wondering if I could get your permission, as well as your friend’s permission, to feature this picture in my video. I can link back to any page you want in the description in exchange. Thanks for your time!

  2. Rupert of the Britannic Empire said, on January 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Well I say, your friend is certainly cuts the mustard and would be welcome member of future expeditionary forces to the continent… Tally Ho!

  3. Rupert of the Britannic Empire said, on January 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    excuse the over all

    the first two items show show hard core industrial Stream Line design

    Mercedes T80 from 1939
    Mercedes T80 from 1939

    Trains Franz Kruckenberg’s Schienenzeppelin ( Rail Zeppelin )

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