Steampunk in Malaysia
Have you ever heard about Steampunk in Malaysia? This is a very niche fashion genre that has been around, and currently a very small trend in the country, namely at Cosplay events around Malaysia.
For some reason, there are in fact a number of people who know about the term Steampunk, and also about the Steampunk fashion scene in Malaysia.
Steampunk in Malaysia
To date, 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.
While this trend is really huge in America and Europe, Steampunk in Malaysia is or has been catching up on a very slow pace.
Steampunk is also at very surface level here 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 as we have only seen very basic jewellery being sold around the Klang Valley in Kuala Lumpur.
We are guessing that there are a handful of Steampunk fans in Malaysia that actually go all the way to support this trend.
What Is Steampunk?
So, what is Steampunk? According to Wikipedia, the term Steampunk is a sub-genre 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 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 from popular Steampunk 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 fashion in Malaysia is very rare as the genre has no set guidelines and many are not daring to fully wear this.
The overall fashion 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 into the Steampunk designs.
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 boutique 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 any other shops selling these accessories, do share them with us here and we can include them in this article to share with the everyone.
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.
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 Malaysia.
At these tow outlets, you can find a selection of basic charms and basic fashion accessories to compliment your Steampunk look.
Note that at Green Daun, we sell a variety of steampunk charms that come in antique gold, bronze, silver and even copper colors. Prices start at RM0.80 per piece and goes all the way to RM10.00.
Where to buy Steampunk items in Malaysia?
Green Daun craft shop is located in Damansara Perdana, in Petaling Jaya and carries a selection of other beading and jewellery making supplies like charms, beads, crystals, strings, chains and a few more items.
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 have a look at our items as you never know what is awaiting for you.