What is steampunk? In costumes and accessories, it refers to a style of dress that includes elements of Victorian or Edwardian era clothing, and high-tech accessories created with old-style working parts. For women, petticoats, corsets, bustles and dresses (gowns) and for men, vests, spats and hats (top hats, stovepipe hats, bowlers) are combined with "futuristic" accessories built with historical components like gears and springs. Purists would disagree, but the steampunk look includes any of the Victorian items adorned with industrial-looking machine parts (opera-length gloves with brass gears at the elbow.) Goggles, ray guns and pocket watches are some of the more popular steam punk accessories.