Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.
Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" for such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage's Analytical engine.
Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk. They have considerable influence on each other and share a similar fan base, but steampunk developed as a separate movement. Apart from time period and level of technology, the main difference is that steampunk settings tend to be less dystopian.
That said...interestingly enough, I did a little something on some steampunk bug jewelry in my Green Bling post...check it out. Some amazing pieces. This Lanvin Spring Summer 2011 collection had so much cross over of nature and technology...in a very steampunk style. Not sure everyone got it. But I'm sure the people who are familiar with it saw it right away like I did. (That, and some of the bags were amazing, too.) Let's have a look...♡
|a little maybe victorian steampunk right here yo|
|the shoes look bionic in a primitive way..pre-robot.|
|the bag and the arm band...steampunk|
|this piece is amazing|
|feathers on the dress (nature) and that mechanical looking bug belt (technology)|
|looks like inside an old computer|
|this, too, but it's also very pretty.|
|amazing amazing bag|
all images from style.com