Friday, September 23, 2011

Fashion Friday: What's up with the Goggles?

There are many opinions as to the origin of goggles in steampunk. Some say it came from the real-world movement and translated into literature, artwork and film over time. This crowd leans towards the theory that goggles were first worn in a steampunk context at Burning Man, as simple eye protection, because of all the dust.

Others say it's because goggles were simply more common in the Victorian context. Eye protection was worn by those shovelling coal into the engines, scientists performing experiments, and some trains had passenger compartments open to the air, where passengers wore goggles to protect themselves from the wind.

However, as far as I can determine, the first use of goggles in a steampunk context I can find is in Phil Foglio's "Girl Genius". Way back in 2000, he published the first issue, and already goggles were an important part of the aesthetic.

Whatever the source, they're a staple of steampunk garb. From the complex lenses worn by The Dark Power.

To forehead (or hat) worn decorative goggles.

To the genuine antique models.

Goggles will always be one of the defining fashion accessories of steampunk.

Now, does anyone know of a good place to shop for goggles, or do you have a goggle story? I'd love to hear about it, leave a comment below.


Anonymous said...

Why don't you "goggle it" ? ;-)

Mark Fenger said...

Well, I already bloggled about it... :P

Anonymous said...

I just gave you a versatile blogger award.

Louise Curtis