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After much agonising with corset ties, buttons, safety-pins etc, we managed to get ourselves into our Steampunk Ball outfits. Fortunately, since it was a chilly evening, it was only a short walk to the convention hotel. I was a little concerned that my "Fangderbuss" might attract undue attention from security cameras (being so close to the airport runway), so I let it dangle nonchalantly from one hand. I think I got away with it.

Taking a moment to adjust our dress, we made our way up the stairs to the ballroom. We were noticed! OK, I seemed to be the only one there in informal wear, and certainly seemed to be the only one carrying an enormous weapon. That certainly helped get us noticed.

The ball seemed somewhat empty at first, and only a few people seemed to have come in garb, but it started to fill up. Music was supplied by Ghostfire, in several sets over the course of the evening. Occasionally, people seemed to be dancing. My lady did drag me up for a waltz, with limited success. While my alter-ego - Maj. Betram James Beresford-Winterton (Retd.) would almost certainly have been versed in such gentlemanly pursuits as ballroom dancing, I regret that I have no such ability. Perhaps this is something that needs to be rectified for the future.

I am usually somewhat shy at parties and such like, tending to hide away a little and not get noticed. This was not an option this evening. Much to my surprise, I found myself very much the centre of attention, with lots of people admiring the Fangderbuss and insisting on taking photos of it, and me. At some point, I got given a card for another Steampunk event in September, but I wasn't sure why. I had missed the announcement earlier about the costume competition. Apparently, assorted judges had been sent out to circulate and give cards to those thought worthy of entry into the competition. In all, six entrants (one a couple) were called up for the competition, me included. We were each given a chance to introduce ourselves, and were then subjected to a "clapometer" judging. I made the first cut (down to the final three) and came third in the final. No prizes, but it was pleasing to have even been considered (even if it was mostly on the size of my weapon, rather than my hastily assembled shorts and shirt costume).

More people came to see the Fangderbuss, many seemed very impressed and gave high praise - even those experienced in the construction of steampunk gadgetry. More photographs were taken, and eventually, we managed to persuade somebody to take pictures of us with our camera, so we would have some to bring home. There are about a dozen of them after the cut, so only click if you don't mind the download.

Tired, but happy, we wandered back to our hotel. Extracting ourselves from the costumes proved a little quicker than getting into them, and was accompanied by sounds of pleasure and relief, rather than the pained sounds that accompanied getting dressed.

It was tremendous fun. I think we will be doing this again...

And now, without further ado, I present Major Bertram James Beresford-Winterton (Retd.) and the Lady Emma Hyde...
























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Date: 2010-04-06 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jadegirl.livejournal.com
The gun is entirely awesome, I'm not surprised it got so much attention and, I imagine, a lot of surprise at it being your first foray into steam gadgetry. It's fantastic. Ellen looks lovely - I'm especially envious of the parasol and gloves. Her pendant is excellent, I'd love to see closeups of it.

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Date: 2010-04-06 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opakele.livejournal.com
The pictures are awesome! What fun. Both of you look great.

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Date: 2010-04-06 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saffronrose.livejournal.com
Wow! Great outfits & equipment.

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Date: 2010-04-06 08:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bardling.livejournal.com
Yes, that! :)
*hugs* Glad you enjoyed... :)

(Only... why is the lady wearing goggles to a ball? ;)
Edited Date: 2010-04-06 08:55 am (UTC)

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Date: 2010-04-06 09:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luis-mw.livejournal.com
It's just one of those steampunk things, everybody has goggles of one sort or another. You can see mine on the top of my hat.

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Date: 2010-04-06 11:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chelseagirl47.livejournal.com
No no no, goggles are iconic but strictly optional. *everybody* doesn't have them, though of course lots of folks do. (Lots of discussion of this on [livejournal.com profile] steamfashion and [livejournal.com profile] steam_elegance.)

Yours are definitely striking and unusual, though.

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Date: 2010-04-07 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bardling.livejournal.com
I know they're very common in Steampunk - I'm just perhaps too logical, I'd only use/wear them with a costume/character/setting where they fit in. ;)

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Date: 2010-04-07 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luis-mw.livejournal.com
Well, in this case, I figure they help Bertram to see demons, vampires etc, whatever it is he is killing. Besides, when the Fangderbuss goes off, it can be quite bright, so some shading would be useful.

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Date: 2010-04-07 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bardling.livejournal.com
Oh, they definitely go with Betram's explorer outfit, yes! I'm just not so sure about the combination with a lady's nice dress at a ball... ;)

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Date: 2010-04-06 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eudaimonia.livejournal.com
Most excellent! And what a fabulous gun!

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Date: 2010-04-06 08:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] belgatherial.livejournal.com
Wow. SO MUCH awesome. :)

I kinda want Ellen's umbrella!! ;) And excellent work on the gun.

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Date: 2010-04-06 10:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] malinaldarose.livejournal.com
That looks like so much fun. And the Fangderbuss is awesome, but I love the little detail of the pince-nez....

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Date: 2010-04-06 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chelseagirl47.livejournal.com
You guys look awesome! I confess to being more interested i the clothes than the weapons, but your Fangderbuss is pretty amazing. Tell about the pince nez -- are they prescription or plain glass? (I know it's been a few years but I seem to remember you as a glasses-wearer, no?)

[livejournal.com profile] silme's skirt came out beautifully! And the whole outfit looks great together -- the corset and the top underneath, and the necklace! The long belt is very pretty, but looked more SCA than Victorian to me, but the outfit is fantastic and she looks gorgeous!

I want backstory on your characters. Write fanfic about yourselves. ;-)

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Date: 2010-04-06 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cosmicirony.livejournal.com
A triumph! You both look fabulous!!

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Date: 2010-04-06 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vcmorris.livejournal.com
WooWoo! You both look GREAT! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Ellen's dress. You know what you might consider adding to your attire? A vest with many pockets and various loops and such like to hold more gadgets. :)

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Date: 2010-04-06 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bethynyc.livejournal.com
Fantastic! You both look great! Love the gun, and love Ellen's lace and stripe mix!

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Date: 2010-04-06 04:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aylwin101.livejournal.com
You both look fantastic!!!

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Date: 2010-04-08 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cissa.livejournal.com
The Fangderbuss is incredibly awesome! And you both look FABULOUS. So cool!

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Date: 2010-04-09 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scallaghan.livejournal.com
loved the photos. Was thinking about you and was wondering how you got on. Fab, I guess, looking at the pics.