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Steampunk Sessions: Form and Function in FashionThere is often a great deal of debate about the roles of form and function in fashion. Some styles and fads sacrifice mobility or comfort for a message or a look, while others prefer something more practical. Steampunk fashion is no less subject to this debate, and perhaps even more so on some levels.
With its strong use of elements such as mechanical devices and symbols and articles such as goggles, vests, and hats, the question that often arises is, 'but does it work?' A lot of steampunk fashion is designed for show, and often not intended for everyday wear and tear. Items that only need to be worn every so often, perhaps even only on a few occasions period, one could argue do not need to hold up as well so long as they can make it through the event. Items that are intended for everyday usage, though, most certainly must be able to withstand the rigors of regular strain, and must be washable, maintainable, and repairable, on top of performing any functions required, whether simple or
How It Began"God, your two o'clock is here."
"I have a two o'clock?"
"He's been here since 7:45. I figured it's only polite to... sir."
God sighed. "Fine, send him in."
While He waited God cleared His desk of papers and blueprints; no need for outsiders to see His plans. Soon enough the door to His office opened and God stood, smiled, held out a hand towards one of the two visitor's chairs.
"God! Great stuff you're doing in sector 2-7-0! Great stuff!"
The man's hands were clammy, his handshake limp. Rumpled suit, porkpie hat, briefcase... oh Jes-- oh dear, a salesman. God's smile slipped a little but He soldiered on gamely. With luck He could shoo the poor guy away in a few minutes.
"So, what can I do for you?"
The man sat, briefcase across his knees. "Sector 2-7-0! Everyone's talking about it! What do you call it? Man and merman?"
"Man and woman, actually. And thanks. But we're pretty busy around here, and..."
"Oh! Right! No time for the wicked, eh?" The salesman winked and popped his briefcase,
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