Wild and dangerous. Yet, irresistible.
«In every actor, in every man, there is a trace of James Dean», says Martin Sheen, the voice of documentary James dean, Forever Young
That is not only because with his style he has become a timeless legend and has inspired several famous actors.
Rather because in him, the multiple sides of man are concealed and coexisting: fragility and rebellion, fear and bravery, sensitivity and strength.
Enshrined in that challenging attitude which is nothing but the mask of great discomfort.
Cheeky, rebel, wild and dangerous. And oh, so handsome.
The exact opposite of your boy next door, but with such an angel face you would forgive him anything.
Mirroring a generation of great dreamers.
Children of the economic boom, i.e. those who had dreams, adrenaline, adventure, rebellion, imagination.
And lives lived in utopia and breaking the rules, where the world was always glanced as if it were the first time. And it’s him, James Dean, with his rebellion and dangerous fame who becomes the symbol and precursor of the rebellion feeding the following century.
Which is why he is the perfect example of a historical period of great changes and turmoil.
A short, intense life leaving a permanent mark in the hearts of past, present and future generations.
Three movies were enough to launch him among Hollywood stars and let him shake whole generations with his lifestyle in the name of Carpe Diem.
Want to draw inspiration from James Dean? Consider the simple details which turned him into an indisputable icon of style.
A cigarette dangling from his lips, a white t-shirt, washed-out denims, red or leather jacket, and leather boots. A few selected pieces making his style unique: unique over time and still very modern (cigarettes aside).
Radically different from the bon ton preppy style of the 1950s, his “easy chic” style embodies his being an anguished man full of insecurities: his face veiled by shyness turns into rebellion and makes him incredibly wild. And irresistible.
“Rebels without a cause” directed by Nicholas Ray in 1955, lifts the veil of hypocrisy from the American middle-class, Happy Days style, and tumbles a world of self-righteous and preachy people hiding the dust under the carpet, pretending like nothing was happening.
Rebels without a cause, but in style!