"I never stop playing dress-up. That's kind of my guiding light," said Sheyne Fleischer, of Los Angeles, 27, who is dressed as a Steam Punk Lolita. Steam Punk is a science fiction-, Jules Verne-influenced subculture that recalls the days when steam fueled the world. "I love the post-apocalyptic, deconstructed feel of it," Fleisher said, "It's completely being yourself in this fantasy world that never was."
Tara Godvin / Los Angeles Times
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