Over the years music and fashion has changed but one thing that has never totally disappeared is our love and fascination for the 50’s and it’s lifestyle. Today, Miss Happ takes all these classic influences, mixes them & brings you a range of clothing for the girl with a desire to be an individual.
Miss Happ is a local, original, South African produced and designed clothing and accessory range. Find us at our retail store, Retrospective, 215 Long Street, Cape Town
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Día de los Muertos - Day of the Dead
Today I was yet again on the other side of the camera playing a Día de los Muertos senorita. A long afternoon that started at 1pm and ended at 7pm! My friend Sylvi from CherryMakeUp Make-up did my awesome hair and make-up for the shoot, and I must admit, I was so excited to do something different!
The first few shots I wore an sexy black satin corset, black layered skirt and fishnet hold ups and did the whole big flowers in the hair look..lily's and orchids were what we settled on for the first look.
The second look was a complete opposite, with Oliver joining my as my "husband" - this time round I wore a pure what satin corset and a white embroidered skirt - we added all red roses which looked great. The whole idea for this one was to do pics of an old school "newly married" couple circa 1920 - the kind of photos where everybody was all serious - perfect for a day of the dead couple don't you think?! Oliver wore a black suit - with an awesome rockabilly pompadour to match!
I don't have any photos yet, except for this one I took afterwards with my boyfriend Murray.....
and while we are in the mood, I thought I would add some of our super dead sugar skull earrings - all available from our online store...
I get asked this often. "So what is this that you are doing?", "Why skulls?", "What's with the tattoos?"..so here goes..these are purely my views...in a nutshell :)
Rockabilly has it true roots in the rock n’ roll culture of the 50’s, but today girls and guys around the world have taken it to a new level. The look is edgy with strong tattoo influences and is very visible within the alternative community. Many a Rockabilly guy and girl is tattooed which only highlights their need to be an individual - it's a way to stand out from the crowd and is very reminiscent of the rebellious attitudes of icons from the era such as James Dean, Elvis Prestly and the notorious Bettie Page amoung others..
In South Africa we are seeing the subculture slowly gaining popularity and awareness amongst the younger 20 – 30 something’s, and for many it’s a natural progression from other small, niche subcultures such as Goth or punk. For the modern rockabilly guys and gals, …
Although the lines are not definite , there are a few little details to take note of here when looking at the pinup style....
The Pin Up style tends to be slightly more feminine when compared to the rockabilly style. This look is more vintage inspired with looks being very closely modeled on styles (mainly) from the 40’s and 50’s. For the Pin up style girls often revert back to vintage patterns to produce garments that are known as “vintage reproductions” circa 1950 as in our Miss Happ Vintage Dress (below), which was on original Vogue pattern from 1954.