Who am I?
In the steampunk world, I am Lucretia Strange, the Baroness Strange. I run the Promethean Society, and do a variety of presentations at steampunk conventions.

In the real world, I am Cassie Beyer and a historian with a blog, History, Interrupted, devoted to history, steampunk, costuming, popular culture and other eclectic interests.

You can best reach me through the Promethean Society or through Cassie@AlterEgoDesign.netAlterEgo is my freelance web design endeavor focused on small businesses, individuals and organizations.


The Ties that Bind


Neckties were an extremely common accessory in Victorian fashion.

The Modern Necktie

The long ties commonly worn today are 150 years old. Originally they were tied with four-in-hand knots, which are still used today. Other tying methods are certainly acceptable. These ties work best if you have a vest or coat into which you can tuck the tie.

See step-by-step instruction how to tie: (offsite link)

Bow TieThe Bow Tie

Bow ties have a variety of uses. They can be extremely formal, but they can also simply be worn by people who want the formality of a tie but not one that will dangle and get in the way.

See step-by-step- instructions how to tie a bow tie (offsite link). Pre-tied bow ties are also available. They are fastened to a band which is secured around the neck.


The cravat is a very early form of neckwear, originally being a simple handkerchief tied around the neck. There are countless ways of tying a cravat, depending how formal or informal you wish to be.

See step-by-step instruction how to tie a Thin Victorian Cravat (offsite link).

AscotAscot Tie / Ascot Cravat

The Ascot is a very wide tie/cravat which is often held in place with a decorative pin.
See step-by-step instruction how to tie a Wide (Ascot) Cravat (offsite link).

Different ties work better with various kinds of collars. For more on collars, check out Collaring your Man.


Images provided by The Gentleman's Emporium.