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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Miss Happ at the City Bowl Market, CT
This past Sat I hauled my butt off to join the other stall holders at the City Bowl Fashion Market in Hope Street. The market is made up of two section - the food (downstairs) and fashion (upstairs)
This was only the second fashion market - the first one was last month. The fashion market is only held on the LAST SAT of each month, although I think they are going to be looking at having it every Sat..
Unfortunately for us we were not in the main hall, but were in a teeny side room off the main hall - never a great position of anybody, but we made the most of it. I had taken along three large posters which are always very eye catching and hung a few items around my area on the wall which helped. I also dressed Gladys, my mannequin in one of our new little cherry aprons so she really stood out!
I shared my stand with a friend who runs her own business called ANONAMISS BEAUTY EMPORIUM. Our products work well together and we definitely made a statement with our bold colour, bright hair and unique product offering!
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.