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 does CT International tattoo convention
While we are all still trying to recover from a long 3 days of the convention work has to go on..
The Cape Town International Tattoo convention started on Fri evening and ran till Sunday. We set up my Miss Happ stand on Friday afternoon on probably one of the hottest days of the year! All I can say is many hands make work lighter, so a big thanx to Murray, Milo, Michelle and Rob for the carrying!
My booth space was small, but as always I think we made the most of it and even managed to squeeze in my little change room. I used a vintage suitcase that I have had for a while to display my accessories which worked well and I think it looked quite cute. I also found this great black and white photographic print with palm leave and hibiscus on which worked well for my table cloth - it all started looking very "south pacific", and I loved it!
THis year I decided to go smaller, so that I could show case a little of everything I do, so we had everything from our hair clips & flowers to bandanas, Alice bands, Necklaces and earrings to our new retro coffee table coasters and the chinese parasole's in their bright colours!
I also managed to take some really cute pics of the girls who bought my goodies which is always exciting to see!
We had fun, but I must admit, being home on sunday night was a relief...on my feet. We had been standing from when the show opened in the mornings, till after 11pm each night! Schew! What a week-end!
I have also added all the pretty pin up dress and cardigans to both my online store, so click on the below link if there's something you would like to purchase:
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.