steampunk

Hester Shaw from Mortal Engines

Hester Shaw (played by Hera Hilmar in the movie) is a remarkable heroine. She is strong-willed, smart, and determined. She is also easily identified by her scar, received at the hands of a man she now wants revenge on. The scar is less obvious in the movie but still an important part of Hester’s story. And that’s where any good Hester cosplay is going to start.

Scar wax is key for  Hester cosplay, as is a long auburn wig. With those elements in place, Hester’s outfit becomes a snap. A long dark green coat, a long sleeved grey shirt, black fingerless gloves, black pants, black boots, and a long red scarf wrap up the rest of her look.

Tom Natsworthy from Mortal Engines

Tom (played by Robert Sheehan) is a young historian working on the city of London. He idolizes Thaddeus Valentine and wants to serve his city through his work at the museum. His life takes a wild turn, however. And for all that he starts out a London boy, it’s not long before he’s swept up into wild adventures that take him far from home.

A windswept brown wig starts off any good Tom cosplay. Unless, of course, you already have dark hair of a similar cut, in which case all you need is a little styling. From there you’ll need to layer a dark blur shirt under a silver brocade vest and add a black military-style jacket. Black pants, a black belt, and black boots finish off a look fit for anyone hanging onto their roaming city.

James West from Wild Wild West

James West from The Wild Wild West

Pitched as “James Bond of the Wild West,” Jim West was the anachronistically tech-savvy, brawling, and oh, so debonair Secret Service agent for President Ulysses S. Grant. Together with his partner, Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin), the wild, wild West (Robert Conrad) traveled the country by train and stopped various threats to the nation’s security following the Civil War. Did he get sidetracked by beautiful women, stuntmen, and steampunk-esque obstacles along the way? Of course, but that’s all part of what made this classic western show all the more entertaining.

Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist

Edward Elric

In Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward Elric becomes the youngest State Alchemist after losing his arm and leg in a failed Human Transmutation attempt. Edward is small for his age, and is decidedly petty and strong-willed, but has a deeper nature marked with compassion and unflinching loyalty.

Milos Thatch from Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Milo Thatch

In Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Milos Thatch (voiced by Michael J. Fox) has a passion for archaeology, language, and antiquities, which he takes after his grandfather. He works as a linguist and cartographer for the Smithsonian Institute, and he soon finds himself on an expedition to rediscover Atlantis.

Henry Sturges

In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, an alternate history of the Civil War era, Henry Sturges (Dominic Cooper) is the good vampire who teaches Abraham Lincoln how to hunt and kill vampires. After losing his wife and humanity to vampires, he uses his immortality to recruit hunters throughout time. Because of his human life experience, Henry’s fashion is ornate and elaborate, drawing a little steampunk inspiration.

Bombshell Ravager

In DC Bombshells, Ravager is a prophetic pirate who joins the other members of the Suicide Squad at Belle Reeve Manor. Her look is inspired by pirate pinups, and though the exact color scheme is difficult to find, the essence of the character is easily captured with steampunk fashion and accessories.

Steamdress Alice

Steamdress Alice is from Alice in Wonderland Madness Returns. The Steamdress is the first domain dress that’s based on the steampunk and mechanical appearance of the Hatter’s Domain. It features a neck-frill like collar, a Waspie waist cincher with a harness attached and leather, buckled fingerless gloves.