Steampunk members show off their craft

Southern Society of Steampunk Steamologists member Trevor “Buckshot” McKenzie models his Steampunk style in front of Gary Mikkelson’s Roper steam bicycle, which is on show at Classic Motorcycle Mecca in Invercargill.

A UNIQUE style, which leans more towards the eccentric and wacky, describes the latest pop-up exhibition hosted at Invercargill’s Classic Motorcycle Mecca.

A $60,000 Roper Steam bicycle greets exhibition visitors as they enter a room awash with extravagant Steampunk fashion, inspired by 19th century Victorian-style corsets, bustles, top hats, waistcoats and futuristic-industrial styles.

Fictional Steampunk fashion, which appeared circa 1987, often featured clothing influenced by both the Victorian and wild west eras with a twist of industrial science fiction fantasy.

Southern Society of Steampunk Steamologists president Lindsay Howley said the club supplied exhibition material as it coincided with the timing of the club’s October fun weekend get-together.

Steampunk clubs from Dunedin and Southland have held the get-together for the past few years which is often full of social events and meals together.

“It’s a fun-filled weekend.”

Otago and Southland club members also joined with the Gore Shafts and Wheels Society at the Gore showgrounds where Devonshire tea duelling and hobby horse racing featured on their programme of shenanigans.

“The ladies in particular like to dress up,” Mr Howley said.

Weekend adventures often involved “promenading’’ opportunities for club members to show off their outfits.

“We welcome people to take photos.”

Queen’s Birthday Weekend meetings in Oamaru each year were also a colourful event.
Teapot racing, parasol duelling and biscuit dunking challenges were frequent highlights on the events calendar, he said.

– The Invercargill Steampunk pop-up exhibition at Classic Motorcycle Mecca, Tay St, Invercargill, will be open to the public until April 22, 2022.