Themed costumes and dressing up are at the very heart of the Steampunk life. To come up with their one-of-a-kind creations, Steampunk artists turn to Victorian-era fashion to create their foundation and then build and embellish from there, adding Steampunk influences from fiction, film, and animation. The goal is to marry the sensibilities of Emily Bronte to the all out rebellious attitude of a time-traveling Johnny Rotten.
Although some people are likely to wear Steampunk-influences clothing every day, costumes are more over-the-top attire, often worn only at Steampunk, anime, or cosplay conventions. Costumes are designed and constructed specifically to evoke a character or vision from a retro-futuristic world.