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!
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.
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.
Store Hours as of November 1, 2018
Monday – Saturday 11am – 7pm
Sundays CLOSED (Don’t worry, we’re only closed for Sundays in November. We’ll be open 11am – 5pm on Sundays as of December 2, 2018)
Summer Hours (We’ll be open longer!)
In Vancouver, we’ve been getting serious summer vibes for the past few weeks. It’s so warm and lovely and beautiful out. I just love it! While it’s not officially summer until June 21, we are officially starting our summer hours this week! We will be open longer and later to meet all your shopping needs. Fear not, festival goers we are here to help you find goggles and pocket belts. Cosplayers and steampunks, we’re here to help you find the perfect corset or waistcoat. Goths, we’ve got light weight asymmetrical skirts in black so that you melt in the summer heat.
Our Summer Hours will be:
- Monday – Thursday 11am -7pm
- Friday and Saturday 11am – 8pm
- Sundays and Holidays 11am – 6pm
Shopping online is available 24/7 from the comfort of your living room. Check out what we have in stock while you lounge around in your pjs with a glass of wine at 3am on a Tuesday. We wont judge. Live your best life.
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