I have an Mad Hatter style top hat and I was wondering if I could get away with wearing it at Steampunk events. So I looked up the publication date and it was 1865. According to wikipedia, the Victorian Era was 1837 to 1901, so I'm in the right time period. My hat is red and black velvet, and looks pretty modern, but since the event starts Friday, and I have to set up camp tomorrow, it will have to do!
I'm almost done with my waist cincher for my Steampunk Circus outfit, so I just have to wrap that up and start throwing camping gear into the truck.