Before even your mom knew about Steampunk, Deborah had the idea to start a Neo-Victorian convention called SalonCon.

SalonCon was imagined by Deborah as an opportunity for the masses to have experiences they never had access to when she realized she would likely never have the opportunity to attend a cotillion, a masked ball, a Salon, a Seance or a formal tea. Even in this modern time, these activities are generally reserved for the the privileged.

Coming from a feminist background, Deborah immediately became interested in recreating the Victorian time period in a modern convention context where everyone would have a place at the table regardless of race, class or gender.

SalonCon ran for three very successful years with a focus on charity work, educational salons and panels, dance lessons, recitals, formal teas, etiquette lessons, performance and the fancy dress masked ball.

Guests of Honor included: Abney Park, Catherynne M. Valente, Holly Black, Ekaterina Sedia, Voltaire, G.D. Falksen, Evelyn Kriete, Abney Park and The White Elephant Burlesque Society.

SalonCon Press Clippings

NY Times: Steampunk Moves Between Two Worlds

MTV News: Steampunk Infiltrates the Mainstream

Wikipedia: Steampunk The Amazing Fantastic Steampunk Timeline of Music and Things

Arisia 2011: Deborah Castellano, Steampunk Track Head