“Dream as if you will live forever; Live as if you will die today.”
The cool kid, the rebel, the one and only James Dean, one of the most unusual actors of all times. We can’t talk about Hollywood’s Golden Age without talking about him. He is remembered as a great actor, a fashion icon and the embodiment of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement. He was a force of nature, an amazing human being, and a worldwide sensation. Today he’s a pop culture A list star, ”doomed” to be remembered as the one who lived fast and died young…
James Dean was a big revelation of his time. He was voted number 18 in the American Film Institute’s list of Greatest Screen Legends. There are only a few male movie stars as iconic as James Byron Dean – maybe it sounds like a cliche, but in this case it’s entirely true. He was shaping up to be one of the finest actors of the century. He had talent and charisma, style and attitude, a true passion for acting and that uniqueness that can turn a regular person into a legend.
James Dean – Hollywood
In 1954 he played an arab boy in ‘The Immoralist’. This play was an adaptation of André Gide’s novel, that in the end helped him win the Bloom Award as “Best Newcomer”. This was a stepping stone for his carrer because by wining the award he attracted the interest of Hollywood’s Director Elia Kazan who at the time was looking for an young actor to play the difficult role of Cal Trask for ‘East of Eden’. So in April 1954, Dean left New York and moved to Los Angeles to begin his true movie career and a brand new life.
List of movie:
- Fixed Bayonets (1951)
- Sailor Beware (1952)
- Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952)
- East of Eden (1955)
- Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
- Giant (1956)
‘Rebel Without a Cause’
James Dean – Style.
Ok let’s talk about James Dean’s style. His look was always edgy and practical, a cool one, reflecting of the youth culture, a mixture of simplicity and chill vibes. He made a huge statement with his red leather jacket and everlasting denim look. His iconic style optimized the start of a new teen culture revolution. Denim and bomber jackets – both became synonymous with rebellion and a new way of life, the way of freedom and passion.
His style was his own, simple but with loads of attitude. The iconic Jeans and Bomber Jacket look made history, an image perfectly captured on the timeless Rebel Without a Cause movie poster. There we have the legendary Lee jeans, white T-shirt and that perfect slick back hairstyle -a real reflection of how the fifties newly define the cool teenage look. His style becomes an instant classic for the teen style genre – up there with Mary Quant’s mini skirt and the plaid shirt that Judd Nelson wears in The Breakfast Club.
The Classy blue jeans
The classy jeans, the urban cowboy look from his movies, Giant and Rebel Without A Cause had an unexpected effect and formed a mainstream trend. The denim was the star of the moment and rebellion was its synonym. Rough and practical, the classy blue jeans look screamed out and loud, freedom and youth movement; remember this in an era where the classic suit was the IT stuff to wear.
If we talk about style, we have to talk about James Dean’s iconic red blouson bomber jacket which is almost as famous as the man himself. Dean’s turn for the role of a bad boy cemented the jacket’s status as the choice of look for rebels and outcasts, a legendary image that was never really replace since. Blazer jackets were the domain of any responsible member of society at the time, making Dean’s bomber all the more shocking and in the end a public statement for freedom and a independent way of life.
The T-Shirt and the hairstyle
”If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man”. James Dean
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