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 & Boot Hill do the first Rockabilly Festival in Cape Town
What had an awesome day, and even managed to sneak
out to pose for a few pics later in the afternoon which is always so much fun! The only bugger for me as a vendor was the typical Cape Town wind, but I must say, we are fast becoming pros at dealing with it; tying, pinning, clamping, and pegging everything on site!!
We traded from 12 midday till about 7pm, and had a fantastic day. There was a great car show with other vendors who were showing also off their cool kustom bikes, as well as cool local bands in the Kustom Kulture scene that played through out the day. Coming from a family who rides bikes I had to snap a few pics to send to my dad who sadly couldn't make it - he's a big BMW fan, having only owned BM's so I knew he would be keen to see the bikes from LOS MEURTOS (even if it included a Yamaha!)
A great effort was made by so many of the people visiting for the day and it really was so gratifying to see so many guys and girls dressed in Miss Happ & Boot Hill clothing - it's always so cool to see after so much hard work put in from our side.
If you don't know about our guys Rockabilly range of clothing, please do Check out our fb page if you haven't already -> Boot Hill
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.