As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, one of our most frequently asked questions is “What is Steampunk?”. Sometimes the best way to explain it is through movies. If you want to familiarize yourself with the Steampunk genre or you’re looking for some visual inspiration for your steampunk costume then these are some movies I would check out. A caveat, these aren’t great movies but they do have some really excellent costumes and sets.
Wild Wild West
I think the 1999 Will Smith and Kevin Kline film is one of the most frequently referenced when people are trying to explain the steampunk aesthetic to muggles. Waistcoats, corsets, gadgets, giant robotic spiders and googles are just some of the steampunk elements that this movie highlights. Wild Wild West gives us cowboy steampunk. What’s not to love about that? A warning though, it has a terrible script so maybe watch it on mute. If you want to make a Wild Wild West inspired costume I would start with a double breasted waistcoat and build your outfit from that.
Sucker Punch is probably the next most referenced film when people are looking for steampunk examples. It offers a more militaristic version of steampunk. Most of the colours are muted compared to Wild Wild West. This movie is highly stylized and visually stunning. But the story is weird and the ending is unsatisfying. The costumes and character designed are super cool though and it’s worth watching in the background if you’re trying to come of with a steampunk character. For a Sucker Punch inspired costume, I would start with a holster harness.
So I had to include at least one movie set in Victorian England and while Sherlock Holmes and The Prestige are great choices I choose Sweeney Todd. Tim Burton’s twisted dark fairy tale style gives Sweeney Todd a little bit more personality. Everything Mrs. Lovett wears is amazing. It might not be strictly steampunk but it’s close enough. I especially love her swim wear (pictured above). Unlikely the other movies on my list, Sweeney Todd is actually an enjoyable film especially if you like murder musicals and Alan Rickman. For a Mrs. Lovett inspired outfit, I would start with a rail pull skirt.
Did I miss anything? What steampunk movies would you include on your list? What do you watch to get inspired? Let us on know on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. We’re always looking for good references to steer people towards!
What is Taboo?
Taboo is an adult orientated show complete with vendors, a stage show and educational seminars. Want to learn to pole dance? Is burlesque on your bucket list? Looking for a toy you can’t find at ToysRUs? Then Taboo is the event for you! Get information about classes or events going on in Vancouver, buy fun new things or just get a glass of wine and mingle with like minded people. This is our eighth year vending at the Taboo Naughty but Nice Show. It’s one of our favourite events to do and we are so excited to come back in 2019.
When/ Where is Taboo?
Vancouver Taboo will take place at the Vancouver Convention Center in Hall B and C of the East Building. It will take place Friday February 8th from 5pm to midnight, Saturday February 9th from noon to midnight and Sunday February 10th from noon to 6pm. Admission is $20 online and at the door. Be advised, tickets at the door are cash only. No one under the age of 19 will be permitted to enter under any circumstances.
Should you go?
Everyone should go at least once. There’s lots to see and experience. If you’re curious about kink or you just want to shake up February then you should definitely check it out. Feeling sassy? Don’t worry dressing to the nines isn’t uncommon so dig out your favourite corset and fishnets and strut around like you own the place. If you’re a little more reserved, you won’t be out of place in jeans and t-shirt. Taboo has a little bit of something for everyone and you are welcome to participate as much or as little as you’d like. So if you think you’d like to come take a peek, I say do it!
Great news! The wait is over. The floor is done! That means we are open again! We missed you guys and we are so happy that we will be open in time to help you find your Valentines and Taboo outfits! To celebrate we are having a 20% off sale in store only. That’s right, all regular priced items will be 20% off until the end of January (Thursday, January 31, 2018). It’s the perfect time to come in a get an outfit.
Thank you so much for your patience with us during these renovations. We really appreciate it and we definitely feel like we have the best customers in the whole world. We can’t wait to see you again soon.
If you’re a fan of the store or a regular customer, you may have noticed that we’ve been closed for all of January. You may have received an email or read a blog stating that we had to be closed for the first two weeks of January. If you’re astoot, you may also have noticed that it’s been longer than two weeks.
Why isn’t the store open?
We would really like to be open. We miss you guys. Here’s the thing, sometimes when you’re renovating new and exciting problems pop up out of nowhere. That’s exactly what happened to us. I won’t get too into it but the issues involved water leaking and that’s something that you most definitely can’t ignore. I mean what’s the point of renovations if we had to close again a few months later to fix more stuff. You can’t just trade falling in a pit for you having to swim to the till.
When will we be open again?
Here’s the good news. Since the new and exciting problems have been dealt with, it looks like we will be open again before the end of January. Thank goodness. You can shop for a killing outfit just in time for Taboo. And more importantly, we will be open and ready to help you find the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit or gift.
Where else can you find us?
Speaking of Taboo, we will be vending again this year. Click here to get all the details. We will also be vending at Fan Expo again in 2019 which is coming up in March. Click here to learn all about that. We will be at East Pride and Pride again this. We’re also hoping to come back to Commercial Drive Car Free Day. That’s all we have planned so far but we’re open to suggestions. If there’s somewhere you would like to see us, please let us know onFacebook, Instagram and Twitter .
Thanks so much for baring with us during the epic renovations of our floors. We’re looking forward to seeing all of your lovely faces again soon.
The Epic Tale of Our Floor
(TL:DR We have to be closed for the first 2 weeks of January for renovations. CLICK HERE to get an email to notify you when we’re open again.)
If you’ve been the shop recently, you may have felt a little off centered. Maybe if felt as if the world was tilted. Or you may have even possibly felt a little spring in your step like you were walking on a trampoline. There is a very good reason for that. Our floor is slowly failing and we have no choice but to fix it before someone falls into the center of the earth.
What is Happening
One morning I was sweeping behind the trunk where we keep our extra corsets and I noticed that some of the tiles on the floor were cracked. I showed Sanné and we decided to keep an eye on it. It wasn’t clear whether they were cracked from the floor failing or whether something had fallen on the floor. We made sure that nothing heavy was resting there and let the landlords know. Cut to a week later and cracks were starting to show up all over the place. We reinforced things as best as we could but in the end we had no choice but to temporarily close so that we can guarantee that no one will end up in Wonderland if they step in the wrong spot.
How long will we be closed?
Here’s the thing with renovations, it’s hard to know exactly how long it will take to repair. The contractor has estimated that it will take a week or two but, as anyone who has ever redone their kitchen knows, it’s only an estimate. We’re hoping that it will be closer to a week and as soon as we can be open again we will be. We will be keeping you updated on our progress via email, the website and social media so keep your eyes peeled.
Where can you get your VM fix?
If you are stressing out and wondering how you could possibly survive without Venus & Mars in your life, don’t worry. The website will still be up and running. You can shop online 24/7 while we’re closed. In fact, we’ll even give you 15% off if you use the discount code RENO. We will also be updating our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter daily with awesome outfit ideas.
It can be really stressful closing for two weeks and for some small businesses it can be the kiss of death. That’s why we are so grateful to have the most AWESOME customers in the world. Having your support for the past 25 years alleviates a lot of that stress and let’s us know that everything will be okay. Thank you so much for being you. We can’t wait to see you in 2019! Have a safe and happy holiday.