IBM finds the next big trend for 2014—steampunk

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When they’re not pitting their computers against contestants on Jeopardy!, the engineers working at IBM let their number-crunching monsters sift through the piles of data we pesky humans produce on a daily basis so that they can stay one step ahead of the game. The programmers found out that the future of fashion may soon look to the past for inspiration as all evidence points to Steampunk being the big trend in 2014.

Put away those dresses and start pulling out corsets. Using their new sentiment analysis and social listening, the team over at IBM let their computers run wild across Twitter and Facebook as they searched for the newest trend. The IBM blog points to a number of recent Steampunk-inspired occasions such as the 2012 Paralympics closing ceremonies with Rihanna making her way to the stage on a steam ship or the Prada’s Fall collection decked out in elegant stripped black and other Steampunk variations.

As more Steampunk makes its way into popular culture, more people clamor for a good pair of goggles and anything else of the style. IBM predicts that within the given year, you’ll be able to find this hot trend hitting Main Street.

The evidence appears in the messages that we send out to people through our social networks. IBM shows that the majority of the people looking into this new trend are under 30 years of age. Add to this a rising trend of people looking to make their own clothes, and what you have is the hottest fashion a whole year before it hits the shelves.

Steampunk, while nothing new, looks to be getting its second wind as the Victorian-inspired style melds with modern technology and the need to create. We first see it in books starting around the 1800s with 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and spreading from there into movies, comics, and even video games.

If you happen to have danced at the Edwardian Ball and take your absinthe with a little sugar, consider yourself ahead of the curve. For everyone else, I suggest finding a good vest or start investing in gears.

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