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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Super inspired Saturday...now what to create...
We Scooted off to Stellenbosch today to make a turn at the Slow Goods Market at Oude Libertas Wine Farm.
As always the food smells so damn good that you just gotta get yourself something. We went with an eastern flavour in the "street food" section and settled with little cheese and Jalapino half moons and cheese and crab spring rolls. Yum! I am also a home-made lemonade FAN (I looove pink Snapple lemonade!) so am always on the hunt for the BEST one....guess what! I found it! Delicious! Another stand that I love (and yes have tried it too!) is the Naughty Girl Bubbly...get yourself a bottle girls!
As part of the market there are also a clothing and design stalls, although sadly a few too many imported garments for me :-( but as usual there is a diamond or two in the rough and I was excited to go past my fav jewellery stall as always.
On our way back to Cape Town we took a slow meander and stopped at Polkadraai farm stall to pick up a few goodies...couldn't resist taking a few pics with the ginormous strawberry and on the little white picket fence!
And to end of my saturday we went pas the fabric store in Somerset West...OMG! I was getting short of breath with excitement...yes, a designer will be a designer and pretty fabrics will always make us happy! Now....just what to make with all the pretty things!
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.