Humbug’s Guide to Steampunk

You’ve probably heard the word “steampunk,” and if you’re like us, wondered where in the world it came from and what it really meant. This month, we figured we’d remove the guesswork for you.

The term first appeared in the 1980s writings of science fiction author, K.W. Jeter, but the movement gained mainstream popularity in the late 2000’s through movies like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Costuming is central to steampunk culture. Steampunk fashions mix a Victorian aesthetic with the gothic and burlesque movements. Women’s steampunk costumes are oftentimes characterized by corsets, pillbox hats, and the use of leather, while men’s steampunk costumes emphasize military-style jackets and vests, or top hats paired with three-piece suits.

Find your unique steampunk style at Humbug Costume, New Orleans’ premier costume destination.


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Humbug was founded in 1969. We purchased this unique company in 2007. This hybrid store can provide a lifetime of shopping.

Humbug carries a full selection of dance wear for sizes toddler through adult. Our selection comprises everything a dancer could need for class. Leotards, tights, shorts, tops, skirts, and more are always in stock in various colors and styles from basic to fashion.
We carry jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, and lyrical shoes. Any dance of any age or size can be fitted at Humbug.

We boast the largest selection of costumes in the city. With our professional costume consultants here to outfit you from head to toe, you can’t go wrong shopping at Humbug. Our prices are significantly less that big box stores and the internet. Come stop by the next time you need to dress up whether it’s for Halloween, Mardi Gras, Christmas, 610 Stomper balls or the various runs in the city. We’ve got you covered.

Humbug carries a wide selection of gowns for balls and proms. We do not order the same dress twice. The owners travel to various markets to find the hottest and trendiest gowns. When comparing our gowns to the local competition, you will find that we do not carry the same dresses. As for price, we encourage customers to look online. In many instance we are 40% lower than our online competitors. Come in and see the amazing designer labels we carry. You will be provided with a personal consultant to find the perfect gown for your next event.