Rockabilly Girl Australia ABC Collectors 24th September 2010





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Published on Sep 24, 2010

The Collectors- ABC TV
20 year old Kat Creasey is less interested in collecting songs for her iPod, friends on Face Book or funky plastic jewellery than collecting retro culture. Things made when her parents or grandparents were young excite her much more than items made today. It's unusual but she's passionate and focused. She's a real Rockabilly Girl. To Kat it's a style that's classy and elegant and she loves everything about it.

Kat has been making and selling jewellery since she was twelve years old. Her style originally was hippy and alternative, as most of her customers lived in Byron Bay. This changed to reproduction vintage-style pieces when she discovered Rockabilly culture at age fifteen. Hair flowers and fascinators are her specialty and she sells them at Rock'n Roll and Hot Rod festivals, such as Wintersun in Coolangatta.

Hair ornaments and the 1940s jewellery that would look odd with modern clothes perfectly suit the vintage clothes that Kat has begun collecting. They must fit her style and figure though, not necessarily an easy thing to do, given the fact that women's figures have changed a bit since then. The beauty of finding vintage clothes is that they are "one-offs". Reproductions are often available, but Kat strives to get originals. The 1950s shoe clips which are relatively easy to obtain really dress up a rather ordinary shoe, and having several of them can make the same shoe look like many!

Kat takes the whole rockabilly thing seriously and as a professional make-up artist and hair stylist, she can help take a person back to an era she and others find so exciting.


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