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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Classic DC Comic book characters get a retro make over
I was seriously excited when I came across this range of DC Collectable prints and figurines. Besides being a fan of the female Super Hero, I have always admired and appreciated someone who illustrates well, and Ant Lucia does just that!
This Pinup Artist had the once in a lifetime opportunity to collaborate with DC comic to bring us classic DC female characters with a retro twist "showing them in a light that they have never been seen before" as the artist says. I cannot wait to get my hands on a figurine. Would look great in my little collection. Now...to just decide which one!
Not only is this talented artist had the amazing opportunity to work with the DC Comics team, but has, since 2008, been illustrating under his own brand, Spookshow Pinups. The artist says "I've always been a fan of classic movie monsters and noticed that a majority of the vintage posters featured a damsel in distress. The dames always look terrified by the monsters, in mine I wanted to present them as if it where more of a romantic comedy"
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.