Graffito Books, $24.95.

Even if you've never heard of "steampunk" — the retro-future mash-up that marries science fiction and the Victorian era (think Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" or H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine") — you're likely to be intrigued by what's depicted on the pages of "Steampunk Fashion."

Part source book for emerging and established designers dabbling in the oeuvre and part glossy, coffee-table art book, it showcases 21 people and brands and their wares. Among the featured items are underbust corset belts and bustle skirts for the ladies, swallowtail jackets and brass-filigreed top hats for the gents.

It's hard to know why the author chose to end the book with a separate, one-page appendix listing designer contact details (instead of simply including the information with each entry). We're just going to guess it's a steampunkish thing to do.

Titanic Style: Dress and Fashion on the Voyage

Grace Evans

Skyhorse Publishing, $24.95.

The 2,223 passengers and crew of the ill-fated Titanic as insects trapped in amber? That's the kind-of conceit of "Titanic Style," with author Evans describing them as "a microcosm of post-Edwardian society," each dressed according to his or her station, from the uniforms of crew members to the elaborate hats, corsets and dresses of the genteel women who occupied the first class cabins.

The book is text-heavy and most of the photographs that appear depict what those aboard would wear, rather than what they did wear. There are a few notable exceptions, specifically the apron worn by one of the survivors — the maid and secretary to first-class passenger and fashion designer Lady Duff Gordon.

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