Over Easter Weekend I went to  Viva Las Vegas, a rockabilly throwdown held at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas.


It was a lot of fun! (super disorganized!!!) but still lots of fun! My barber/friend Michael urged me to go, which surprised me because he’s all 1908 and the Rockabillies are all like 1950′s. Sounds like a minor difference but in an event like this the wrong dance steps can earn the perpetrator some hurtful eye-rolling and lip-curling!!


It’s actually very charming to see people from all around the world gather to enjoy their shared passion freely with like-minded friends. It was so fun to talk with them because you never knew what language or accent would pop out of their mouth! This Rockabilly sub-culture is really loved by men and women from all around the world.


Hopefully this is just the first of many visits with the Rockabillies of Las Vegas!


P.S.  So what other super stylized events am I missing? I would think a real down-home rodeo would be cool, or some type of dance competition. Next winter I have to shoot the whole ski/snowboarding culture since I am now such a great snowboarderer! (events with some type of physical element always make the most inspiring images).


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  1. Simbarashe

    April 2, 2013 at 9:03 am

    The colours that your recent images are exhibiting is simply fantastic. Looks like too good of a time for everyone, even for the pictured women

  2. B. Beatrice

    April 2, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Chilean rodeos! Could not stop taking photos of the smartly dressed men!


    April 2, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Amazing Pic !!
    Love that vintage style !!!

  4. Manuela Simões

    April 2, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Well, funny weekend, funny photo! Love the colours (blues and oranges… and flowers). Easter is supposed to be colourful and flower-like!! My easter was much darker!!


  5. Noam Freshman

    April 2, 2013 at 9:27 am

    20s themed Croquet Match (the largest in the world) between St. John’s College and The US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. April 20th.

    • Wendy Carlos Williams

      April 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Yes!!! GREAT SUGGESTION!!!
      Lots of linen suits and searsucker, white buck shoes and bowties from the Johnnies, and men in uniform from the Naval Academy!

  6. Kathleen Shaw

    April 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Love, love, love, this picture. I have friends in San Diego who completely live the Rockabilly lifestyle from head to toe, including their car, of course. My Rockabilly friend cuts hair and one time I went in for a cut and color and he made me suicide blond without telling me. Wow, won’t go back there again but it was fun. This young woman really has it together, love her Carmen Maranda headdress. What fun!

  7. almu

    April 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

    wow! love this car!!!

  8. Elena

    April 2, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Super fun and cool shot!!!!!!!! She looks incredible!

  9. Cecilia

    April 2, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Nice car, skirt, turban, tatooo!

  10. anonymous

    April 2, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Check out FICE clothing store in SLC, UT. Great clothing store started by snowboarders and super connected to the local art scene as well. They often have gallery events and are deeply involved in the snowboard community.


    April 2, 2013 at 9:49 am

    so cool picture!!!


  12. kcomekarolina

    April 2, 2013 at 9:51 am


    xoxo from rome

  13. Pamela

    April 2, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Go see the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, also held at the Orleans, from May 30-June 2. Also has a Rockabilly/Retro feel to it, and the performers and their styles are amazing. I went last year and it felt like the Rockabilly Oscars!


  14. iliyana

    April 2, 2013 at 9:58 am

    wow, she looks amazing!!


  15. Sialsiquiero

    April 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

    It looks that you had a really good time!

    SĂ­ al sĂ­ quiero

  16. Kate Brown

    April 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Great photo. This sounds like loads of fun :)

  17. [email protected]

    April 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I want that skirt!


  18. viola

    April 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

    you know what’s weired? That a minute ago I was serching the pinterest and some other sites for some inspiration for a long-time craving for turban-bandana thing… And then I come to your page, and here it is :) You see? That’s how you nspire us all, and I thank you for that!

    Greetings from Montenegro

  19. furore

    April 2, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Loving the vintage style!
    Great look.


  20. ~Heather

    April 2, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Dapper Days at Disneyland, read about it at boingboing.net

  21. Jen

    April 2, 2013 at 10:23 am

    That head wrap is stunning! She is so ultra glamorous :)



  22. Žaneta

    April 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

    My style! great!!!

  23. Manobeina

    April 2, 2013 at 10:35 am

    i adore vintage cars. If i didnt live in the city I’m pretty sure I would own one…either that eggshell color…or maybe red

    much love from nyc


  24. berenger

    April 2, 2013 at 10:42 am

    How utterly, utterly cool! I wish I were she…

  25. Rachelle

    April 2, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Loving this photo, it really looks like it’s from a different time.


    • Wendy Carlos Williams

      April 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      It really looks like a different time, except for her tattoos. Tattoos were unladylike in the 1950s. Only REALLY, REALLY bad girls had them back then.

  26. Denisa

    April 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Really amazing pics and like I have never been there.. I would like. All are perfect.


  27. Anna

    April 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Her outfit is just amazing, the show looks fantastic, great shot!!


  28. carol

    April 2, 2013 at 10:56 am

    love the retro pictures :)


  29. soulofashopper

    April 2, 2013 at 10:59 am

    totally gorgeous!!!! she´s so stunning! xo, Alma

  30. Fashion Snag

    April 2, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I Love this outfit! something totally wearable for spring


  31. Aga's suitcase

    April 2, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Love the car, love the look, love everything about this photo

  32. Paul M

    April 2, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Such a fantastic photo. Outfit, car, feel, everything is what I love about this shot.

  33. lola

    April 2, 2013 at 11:21 am

  34. Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan

    April 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

    When we lived in San Francisco, we drove to Viva Las Vegas every year to dance, gamble, and play dress up. My favorite fashion citing was a perfectly-coiffed pinup girl arriving with TRUNKS of clothing and accessories. A friend of a friend told me she changed her outfits 5-6 times a day, including hair and makeup. It really doesn’t get much more fabulous than that.

  35. Renata

    April 2, 2013 at 11:31 am


  36. abigail

    April 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

    i would love to see you shoot mardi gras. i think new orleans would look stunning through your lens.


  37. Arthor Brown

    April 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Dog Racing in London’s east end

  38. monkeyshines

    April 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

    brilliant styling and color mix!


  39. Gelolas_Vintage

    April 2, 2013 at 11:40 am

  40. Laura

    April 2, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Great photo and style! Love all this colors on her!


  41. Chahrazad

    April 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Amazing picture! It looks like you went back in time with a timemachine and did a some shooting. Love it!


  42. jena gautherot

    April 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

    The best rodeo is the Pendelton Round Up , annually in September in pendelton, eastern oregon. It’s also very beautiful there.

    • Paige

      April 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Yes yes yes! Pendleton Round Up!

  43. Keishikibi

    April 2, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Gotta love the classic look. If only more people were more daring to bring it back and mix-match it with modern styles.

    http://keishikibi.com/ Australian Street Fashon & Street Style

  44. Alicia

    April 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Cool photo! Great colors…
    You should check out The Rave in the UK, similar to Viva but better. Hopefully I run into you next year at Viva!

  45. Philippe Best

    April 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    You should come check out the world’s oldest rodeo in Prescott, Arizona. It runs July 1 – 7. It’s a blast and you’ll lots of cowboy style!

  46. Marta Pozzan

    April 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Love everything!!

  47. Teresa Schmidt

    April 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Coming up June 15th is the WWII dance in Boulder, CO. I have an extra ticket if you’d like to go…

  48. Alessia

    April 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    really adoooore!!!


  49. Missy F.

    April 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    ahhh. Las Vegas. Color. letting lose. nice weather. finally something that speaks to me on here beside months of drab weather and bulky winter fashions.

  50. Kitty

    April 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    How about a ranch rodeo? These feature the real everyday working guys from the ranches. They sign up as teams such as Miller Ranch, etc. because they work together every day. They compete in events that are part of their daily work in the grasslands all around where I live in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Events such as the silent horse/cowboy communication it takes to separate one pre-selected random calf out from a large group (would be done to doctor him), or working as a team to load an angry calf into a trailer (which would be done to move him to another pasture). So much different than the glamour/glitzy hyped-up rodeo a person normally sees! (Well, sometimes one of the wives orders the guys matching western shirts for the event, otherwise it’s whatever they had on that day!) Super educational – if anyone is wanting to take a foreign guest to an event that showcases our rural west ranching culture. I see that several of my neighbors are in this video….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK0tKAMguSQ The biggest guy has the job of dropping down on that calf and just hanging on to slow it down so the others can get off their horses and help him pull it down. Our friend was the big guy one year and he was 50+ years old. He told his team (all young guys), “Okay, I’ll do it. But just know, we’ve only got one shot. There’s no way I can get back up and catch him again!”

  51. MPH

    April 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Off topic and may be way off base but…
    Remember that credit card identity theft commercial where you see a big dude watching tv and when he spoke, a valley girl voice came out of his mouth? Well, when reading this post, I completely thought, “This isn’t Scott. Too many exclamat!!!!!on points.”

    Is it?

    :) mph

  52. Mia

    April 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    wow wonderful picture.. hah I wish I could visit such an event


  53. Emilie

    April 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Come to Tucson, AZ for the annual Mariachi Festival… http://www.tucsonmariachi.org/

  54. CarolinaBK

    April 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Oh gosh, nothing could be more cool than this!
    I wish to go there too! Love it!


  55. Jessica

    April 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Some of my favorite shots of yours have come from the Jazz Age lawn party at Governor’s island, so I fully support seeking out similar events :)

    I’ve always wanted to go to the National Cowboy Poetry gathering in Elko, NV. It seems like such an interesting event: http://www.westernfolklife.org/National-Cowboy-Poetry-Gathering-General-Info/national-cowboy-poetry-gathering-home-page.html

    Of course, if you’re looking for a rodeo, any number of smallish towns out West would serve the purpose.

    What I’d REALLY love to see you shoot is the annual Fiesta held in San Antonio, TX- it’s such a fun event that celebrates the diverse ethnic background of San Antonio- http://www.fiesta-sa.org/

  56. Fred H.

    April 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    For event recommendations… How about the WWII weekend (first in June) at Reading, PA?

  57. Jennifer

    April 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Sounds fun!

    xo Jennifer


  58. Yvette

    April 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Glad to see Vegas culture highlighted which is not all “drunk skank club-goer on the Strip”. Next time in Vegas, try the Downtown East Freemont area, also The Beat SwapMeet vinyl record show featuring urban hip hop soul fashion, music, dance. The Beat SwapMeet tours other cities too – L.A., Chicago (I think). Vegas has culture – it is just a different culture.

  59. Eva

    April 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    The hair, the colors and the car! Amazing!


  60. abs

    April 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Burning Man, NV, last week of August/ends on Labour Day… (too many style subcultures to list!)

  61. Monsieur Marcel

    April 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    The Coney Island Mermaid Parade!

  62. Lou

    April 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    This is SO beautiful. I love this series of photos.

  63. Ana Bandarra

    April 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Lovely pics at VLV ! You have to go to Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governors Island on June and August. Amazing stylish people over there :)

  64. Michael

    April 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    If you’re interested in photographing dancing, then tango would be a great subject: http://www.celebratetango.com/festival/main.html

    There’s all sorts of dancing by the Seine in Paris in the summer. http://parishideaways.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/paris-hideaways-recommends-tango-on-quai-saint-bernard/

    And if you’re in Italy in June there’s this festival: http://www.swingcrashfestival.com/swingcrashfestival/vince%26isa_eng.html

  65. Carmen

    April 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Definitely you are missing “La Feria de Sevilla” I am pretty sure you would love our tipical “traje de gitana” the colors and the amazing atmosphere. About this traditional dress, it’s unconventionally traditional, as it follows different trends almost each year but it’s still a ttraditional dress. I am sure you will love this and many other things such as the people’s mood warm and joyful. Now you know and cannot say no one told you ;) come to Seville or you will never know what you’re missing.

  66. Charlotte

    April 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

  67. Gian Luca M

    April 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Absolutly cool

    Gian Luca M


  68. giedd

    April 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    There are great swing dance scenes in most major cities, and most competitions and especially performances have fantastic 20s and 30s vintage. Look out especially for themed vintage dances. It’s a great scene to shoot :)


    April 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Well if u want a real rodeo, U need to attend the Canada, Calgary, Alberta, The Calgary Stampede, last attended by their their highnesses Prince William and Kate. Google the Stampede, it’s an awesome event! PS when are u going to post some pictures of Canada from your Vancouver visit. I cannot believe u have never ever posted any pictures from Canada, it’s an insult I think !!

  70. Pam Choy

    April 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I consult for Stetson, we think that NFR in Las Vegas in Dec. is the best rodeo, and you can also catch the cowboys shopping for their Xmas gifts.

  71. Joe Kool

    April 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    That 1954 Belair is mine. Thank you so much for the beautiful pic!!!

  72. Pat

    April 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Here’s your rodeo: http://www.pendletonroundup.com/default.aspx Absolutely the real deal.

  73. Ahka Vintage

    April 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I loved this series of shots you did – made me all nostalgic (albeit for a time I wasn’t even born in)

  74. Name*

    April 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    yes scott ive hoped you would head to colorado to shoot the “Steezy” skiier and snowboarder park rats in breckenridge. the colors and outfits are brilliant.

  75. Cindy

    April 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Burlesque Hall of Fame !

  76. Larry

    April 2, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    the Calgary stampede.

  77. Denise

    April 3, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Jazz Age Lawn Party, as you’ve already found.
    Vintage At Goodwood in the UK in September
    The Chap Olympiad or the Grand Anarcho-Dandyist Ball in the UK
    Art Deco weekend in Napier, New Zealand – an entire art deco town.
    All Balboa Weekend in Cleveland, Ohio – dancers, competitions and vintage.
    Balboa Rendezvous – the last one is this weekend in San Diego, culminating on Sunday night at the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach with a band, dance and finals competition.
    Swing dancing comps are kind of hard as a lot of competitors will dress appropriately for a physical activity – flips and aerials are just not good for vintage clothing. :-)

  78. angie

    April 3, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Seattle Vintage Fashion Show happens in December with the “Killer Diller” Swing dance event.

  79. Lewin

    April 3, 2013 at 2:26 am

    really nice pictures.
    you also should go to goodwood, 13-15.sept

  80. red t. r.

    April 3, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Other super-stylized events ? Man, you’ve go to get to a good Pow-Wow and dance competition. Western Canada especially.

  81. IS THIS IT? models review

    April 3, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Great, and so summery.


  82. Maybeblog

    April 3, 2013 at 5:27 am

    I love her car. Give me her car

  83. Namrata

    April 3, 2013 at 6:51 am

    I love the crop top and the skirt! The colours are so unsual and the whole outfit is so very retro!! Perfect for spring


  84. maureen

    April 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

    the Austin, TX RODEO coincides with SXSW and is just east of the city limits. take a jaunt down south one spring break and see true blue western wear intermingled with hipsters/rockers!

  85. Frances

    April 3, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Very nice photo!

  86. Andrea Jenkins

    April 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    If you are looking for the what’s left of the Wild West, check out the Pendleton rodeo. I think it would be right up your alley.

  87. MRuth

    April 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    It’s so fun to see your eye taking in a whole new culture. It’s refreshing. I love your NY, Paris, Milan shots, but these are so new and fresh.

  88. Karina

    April 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I suggest Formula 1 races. The dress code (which is not explicit) varies from circuit to circuit so it´s fun to try to understand the nuances of Formula 1 attendees dress up.

  89. Scrunchies

    April 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I love the skirt, it gives that old mexican culture feel, reminds me of Rita! and the car the carrrrr I love Old Cars especially when there in mint condition ..

  90. Rebecca

    April 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I think you should photograph Lightning in a Bottle (http://lightninginabottle.org/) a super-stylized, Southern California, counter culture, music and yoga festival hosted by uber-creative event production company The Do Lab. The clothes, fashions and costumes of the LIB festival goers are out of this world! Would love to see your take on this fashions of these “festi-gals and guys!”

  91. Kristen Raven

    April 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I’ve always thought the Bikram (or sweaty) yoga subculture would be fun to capture- people wear little more than a swimsuit but they always look unique and add their own touches; the smallest detail catches your eye in those studios. Also, everyone’s glowing from working so hard!

  92. Tara

    April 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    You haft a come to Stampede in Calgary Scott. Not just cowboys and wannabe cow-persons but some amazing-looking Cree, Stoney and Blood band members doing their best to out-fancy each other. Come on north Scott – it’s where it’s happening :-)

  93. Daymes

    April 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Check out a monster truck show for Americana in it’s truest form. Stepping into the arena is like stepping into an alternate universe. And for a complete dive into the leather biker culture, check out the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco in September. It’s leather only and always the hottest day in SF of the year.

  94. joan

    April 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Ohhh, I can get someone from Alpine Ski Resort to show you around. Tahoe, in Nevada USA is gorgeous!

  95. Kate

    April 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Any thoughts on the fine line between retro and costume?

  96. liminal minimal

    April 4, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Though you just missed it the Edwardian Ball in SF is great as is the Art Deco society tea in Half moon bay is it?

  97. Melissa

    April 4, 2013 at 8:05 am

    The yoga world has been OVER photographed, but you would do it better than anyone. Acro Yoga would be cool, really amazing stuff, or the Yoga Slackers.

  98. Johanna

    April 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Why not visit a few equestrian events? Great atmosphere, beautiful animals and classic style. Even with strict dress codes for competitors in most disciplines, both riders and VIP spectators will definitely make it worth the effort.

    • Katyusha

      April 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Yes! I mentioned foxhunting in Virginia.
      A culture within itself.

  99. Katyusha

    April 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

    What other stylized events are you missing?
    The foxhunting culture in nothern Virginia, outside od D.C. :)

  100. AK

    April 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Charleston, South Carolina, is a “super-stylized event” unto itself, even moreso than Savannah. I hope you’ll consider a visit here soon…

  101. Meg T

    April 4, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    As Denise said, many swing dance hotel events aren’t much on the fashion front, but Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown in New Orleans and Camp Hollywood both have a lot of snappy dressers in attendance. I think you would love the look and feel of Showdown, and you can’t beat New Orleans for awesome.

  102. Audrey Harris

    April 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Surf culture is fun and fashionable. It also makes for beautiful images. A couple days ago I went to San Onofre with my boyfriend. Although I only got out once before badly bruising myself and cutting my foot, I actually enjoyed just sitting in my wetsuit and watching the others on their boards. A couple of dolphins swam by, and the surfers, all in black and with finned boards, could almost have been related to them. I walked up the bluff and down below, the three surfers looked amazing bobbing in the huge sea, as though they were the only living creatures left in the world. Surfers always look great on the side of the highway at surf spots along the California coast, donning their wetsuits and preparing for their adventure, or coming back, tired, with stories and a bit of a tan.

  103. kalen

    April 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    i would recommend a chicago steppers event!

  104. Jessica

    April 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Scott wrote this?

    I’ve never seen you use this many exclamation points in a post, ever. Are you sure you aren’t letting Garance fill in? ;)

    Love that you are finding style in subculture events – street style has become so much more calculated, it’s nice to see a non-designer set of values expressed with so much style.

    I second (or third) the Prendleton Round-up for authenticity. I can’t say that Burning Man would be all that stimulating. Sure, there are a lot of young beautiful people who go – but the fashion is almost entirely determined by the environment: bikinis, combat boots and headscarves (because of the heat, the alkaline soil and the dust storms, respectively) would get a little tiring.

    There are also some smaller music festivals in the Northwest (that usually sell out fast) that have some fantastically fashionable attendees: Doe Bay (http://www.doebayfest.com/) and Pickathon (http://www.pickathon.com/) come to mind.

  105. clem

    April 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

    you could go to coachella and make posts about festival outfits. It’s a great inspiration for summer time !

  106. Hannah

    April 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Swing dance events in Scandinavia and Europe! Like the Ljubljana Sweet Swing Festival, anything in Paris, or the Mecca of them all: Herräng, in Herräng Sweden, every summer for more than a month.

    Here in the states we have tons of swing dancing, but not necessarily tons of great style. Lots of people here like to dress up vintage and look good, but even more just wear whatever. In Europe/Scandinavia? Shoo, boy. They know how to throw down! Their events look so classy! Check out photos like this guy’s, for more info: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eric00000007/sets/

  107. Elizabeth

    April 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    If you want a real down home rodeo, check out the Sonoita (Arizona) Rodeo, held each year on Memorial Day weekend. This is the very real “real thing.”

  108. Jessica

    May 30, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Check out the fourth of July rodeo in Ennis Montana for some great, authentic Americana.

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