Steampunk in Malaysia
What is Steampunk in Malaysia? This is a very niche fashion genre and currently a small trend in the country but there are in fact a number of people who know about the term Steampunk and also about the Steampunk fashion scene in Malaysia. However, there are no actual steampunk shops in Malaysia catering to this unique fashion or movement that has been around for the last two to three decades where it is really huge in America and Europe. However, the trend of Steampunk in Malaysia is catching up on a very slow pace.
So, what is Steampunk? According to Wikipedia, the term Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. This also includes highly popular elements from the Victorian and Wild West era where steam technology is fused together to create this unique genre. Steampunk also incorporates additional elements from fantasy, horror, historical fiction and post-apocalyptic which creates a hybrid genre.
Steampunk in Malaysia
Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic clothing fashion, accessories, styles, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century. Example are popular movies like;
- Edward Scissorhands (1990)
- The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen (1988)
- Labyrinth (1986)
- Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
- Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
- The Golden Compass (2007)
- Van Helsing (2004)
- Hellboy (2004)
- Victor Frankenstein (2015)
Steampunk Fashion in Malaysia
In general, steampunk in Malaysia is very rare as the genre has no set guidelines but tends to synthesize modern styles with influences from the Victorian era which includes corsets, gowns, petticoats, suits with waistcoats, coats, top hats, tailcoats and military-inspired garments. Steampunk-influenced outfits are usually accessorized with timepieces, parasols, flying or driving goggles, and ray guns. Modern accessories like cell phones or music players can be found in steampunk outfits, after being modified to give them the appearance of Victorian-made objects. Post-apocalyptic elements, such as gas masks, ragged clothing and tribal motifs, are also included.
In Malaysia, Steampunk is considered very surface level as the movement is minimalist with only showcases of jewellery. Most of the Steampunk in Malaysia is seen in cafes or store decorations. Even Steampunk art is hard to come by but we have seen very basic jewellery being sold around the Klang Valley. The best possible chance to see this is probably at Cosplay Events in Malaysia where sometimes, characters come dressed with a fusion of Steampunk, and most likely in the Steampunk Fantasy genre.
Steampunk Accessories in Malaysia
You can now find Steampunk accessories at the Green Daun Craft Shop in Damansara Perdana as we do carry some handmade steampunk accessories like bracelets and necklaces. For those into steampunk jewellery, we also stock the materials and charms like gears, cogs, clocks, antique keys and many others. You can see our steampunk accessories collection at our shop.
Who knows, if the trend picks up, it may become popular and you will see more shops selling Steampunk Accessories in Malaysia and usually it starts in the cities like Petaling Jaya or Kuala Lumpur. IF you know of other shops selling these accessories, do share them with us here and we can include them here.
Steampunk Shops in Malaysia
While Steampunk in Malaysia is till very small, there are a handful of people who actually embrace this fashion or moment but on a very basic scale. As for Steampunk Shops in Malaysia, there are none catering to the fashion side, but there is one or two steampunk inspired designed shops or cafes in the Klang Valley. In fashion, you will not find the serious Steampunk fashionista as most Malaysians are quite conservative when it comes to outrageous fashions. In most cases, you may find them at Cosplay shows in Malaysia and are not overly dressed like in the photo below.
But for Steampunk Fashion in Malaysia, there are probably only two shops that sells Steampunk accessories and they are Green Daun Craft Shop and Spotlight. Here, you can find a selection of basic charms and basic fashion accessories to c0mpliment your Steampunk look. Note that at Green Daun, we only sell the antique gold steampunk charms and not the chrome, silver, gold or rose gold finishing.
Green Daun Craft Shop is located in Damansara Perdana in Petaling Jaya and carries a selection of other beading and jewellery making supplies like beads, crystals, strings and a few more items. We also conduct jewellery making classes for beginners and also dream catcher making classes at our shop.
If you are looking for items related to Steampunk in Malaysia, we have the accessories and charms to compliment your Cosplay or themed look. They come in loose parts, ready made accessories or custom made for you. Do drop by our shop to see and talk to us about this.