"Fashion is instant language." Miuccia Prada It can be magnificent, flamboyant art. It can also be a big pretentious wank... but there is an intractable little girl in me who will always love playing dress-ups. And - as you know - the best kind of fashion is the kind that fulfills the desire to make myriad fantasies tangible.
I don't know whether you could classify steampunk as fashion... it's kind of a lifestyle choice to live in a fantasy world. But that suits me just fine. I actually think all fashion should enable that!