I.- About Royal Couture
Royal Couture is an emerging high fashion company born to shake up the bridal and party fashion with its creations. Their clothing is characterised by the magic and refinement extracted from dance, opera, painting and the most acclaimed icons of the international Haute Couture. The essence of Romanticism and Art Nouveau distinguish garments that transform their wearers into the protagonists of an enchanted story to be remembered forever.
Using unique fabrics coming from distant places such as India or New York, so exclusive that turn the garments into unrepeatable works of art, Royal Couture makes daydream garments through handcrafted production in Spain. Extremely elegant and exclusive patterns, hand-sown embroideries and exquisite attention to detail are some of the identity signs of the brand.
Singularity in its purest state, isn’t it?
1.- Intro: Eurosteam Con in Spain
After the success of Eurosteam Con 2012, this year’s edition is approaching full steam ahead! As announced by its main promoter, Marcus Rauchfuß, it is going to take place across Europe on 28th and 29th September 2013 .
Taking into consideration that Decimononic is an international project located in Spain, we would like to focus on the events foreseen within our own country. We have to say that Eurosteam Con is generating considerable buzz beyond the niche of the Spanish Steampunk scene: articles like this one published on Kultura Gótika, Leer magazine or even TV news (Cuatro, Tele 5), may be considered some representative examples.
There are seven locations confirmed at present (sorted by alphabetical order):
When thinking about a lush baroque gothic there really only is one name that springs to mind. Bibian Blue may not be known by everyone internationally yet, and we stress ‘yet!’ But it is already an iconic name within certain circles, call these ‘art house’ style fashion groups if you will. Bibian Blue is certainly one of top when it comes to the neo vintage style. More than just a fashion ‘look’ it has become a lifestyle for many, and Bibian Blue seems to have tapped into this when it was a very underground concept.
Take the 2008 Vintage collection from Bibian Blue. The detailing as well as contemporary takes on the looks were already being developed when Rockabilly and Pin Up were a twinkle in many designers eye. The vintage style certainly has evolved and developed since those early hedonistic days. But here’s the thing- the newer collections at Bibian Blue are just as esoteric and creative as ever!
As you probably know, a Special Edition of The Gatehouse Gazette themed 1940s has been published some days ago. It seems unlikely that you, dear reader, does not know about this, but just in case I reproduce below Nick Otten’s announcement:
Although we suspended regular publication of our magazine in November of last year […], its regular contributors and yours truly felt we couldn’t let 2012 go by without at least one installment of what, according to some, was the premier dieselpunk and steampunk magazine online.
I was given the opportunity to write an article about the evolution and current situation of the Spanish steampunk scene: a challenge and an honor, I have to say.
1. Table of Contents: Spanish Steampunk 2012 AD
Are you wondering what are you going to find in this article? This is a nice summary:
- Background: 19th century in Spain
- Fin-de-siècle art movements: Modernisme
- Steamy science
- Jules Verne, submarines and blindness
- Literary Heritage: time travelling
- The Spanish steampunk scene
- The community
- Looking into the future
Obviously, reading the complete magazine is a must and I would like to encourage you to download it: ‘Special Edition of the Gatehouse Gazette Released’. In any case, Spanish Steampunk 2012 AD may be found below:
2. The future of Spanish Steampunk
From my point of view, this is the most interesting point to analyze. I would like to take this chance to explain in detail some of the main challenges that Spanish steampunkers are going to face in order to consolidate the local scene. These are my two cents:
- To come to a consensus on what steampunk is supposed to be, in collaboration with the international community.
- To give shape to a mature Spanish steampunk, making the most of its particular influences. Considering that the Victorian era is a period (not a place), how could the Spanish colonial empire promote a multicultural approach? Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Philippines, Sahara… an outstanding array of influences to fuel the development process.
- To grow, in order to achieve critical mass enough to avoid stagnation, dynamize its activities and encourage generational shift.
- To leave behind old quarrels and work together and united towards common good.
- To reinforce its global presence making the most of the fact that Spanish is the second most natively spoken language in the world.
- And, naturaly, to enjoy all this!
This said, I have the impression that these challenges are not precisely exclusive for the Spanish Steampunk scene. On the contrary, it seems to me that most of small Steampunk communities around the world are facing up the same issues…
It is your turn now. What do you think about all this?
1.- The interviewee
Viveka, as you already know this is a very special interview for us. We have been friends for years and we are very thankful for your support. First of all let’s introduce you to our readers with your profile in Tumblr, for example; it goes ‘Barrocker, crápula, delirium tremens, aesthete, dandybilly, a pirate´s song. Obsessed with Venice, past times, refinement and silent cinema (for example)’. It’s quite cryptic and mysterious… but you know that already.
2.- The Interview
2.1.- A bit more about Viveka Goyanes (aka Amoelbarroco)
Q.- You were born in A Coruña, a city in the North-West of Spain, but you have lived in other Spanish cities such us Pontevedra, Madrid and, currently, Salamanca. So… would you say that living in different places has influenced you?
A.- I could say I usually carry my world with me to every place where I move to, and this world grows, inevitably, assimilating pieces of each city as memories, mental souvenirs. So yes, I think I’ve been influenced by all these different places in one way or another, also by the cities I had the chance to visit as a traveller, specially Venice.
Q.- Fashion and Art meet at Amoelbarroco. Tell us about your alter ego, please.
A.- Amoelbarroco will be 10 years in 2013! This alter ego is a sort of idea, signature or concept created to hold all my creative activities, most related to art+fashion stuff lately. A significant part of my life has been dedicated to the construction of this long-term project.
Q.- Your designs have been awarded several times (First Price Creación Joven Injuve, Second Price Sculpture Young Creators Salamanca, etc.) and your talent has attracted a wide array of collaborators that have helped to shape Amoelbarroco as a multidisciplinary project (fashion, photography, video and sculpture just to say a few). Can you tell us about your experience building such an invaluable network? Do you have any tips for jewelers like us?
A.- It happens that people with similar interests and taste feel attracted to each other, nowadays the Internet offers us good chances of meeting kindreds and work together. From a looong time ago I regularly collaborate with friends that have their own creative projects. I like to work with people I feel comfortable with, sharing my ideas and trying new ways to represent them, I also feel fortunate to be able to develop my work this way.
A good tip is not being afraid of trying new things, maybe you mightn’t be happy with the first outcome, but research is a good way to achieve good results.
Q.- From our point of view, many of your designs would perfectly fit Steampunk aesthetics. Have you been told this before?