James Dean the greatest denim jean’s icon


“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today” Dean


Sustainable design or Eco fashion is the new revolution in denim jeans. Not only is the green wave a mega trend it has become a brand new way of living. The biggest Denim Jean’s moments in fashion culture, who, when and where?  First out was the American punk rock band The Ramones, Then Kurt Cobain, Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando and today James Dean a true America style icon.


The car crash

On September 30, 1955 died James Dean on his way in an ambulance to the Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital, 28 miles away from where the crash happened. In the ambulance was his Porsche factory-trained mechanic, Rolf Wütherich who survived the fatal crash. The car Dean’s drove a new Porsche 550 Spyder supposed to start for the weekend sports car races at Salinas, California, but the car did not have enough break-in miles prior to the race. Therefore, recommended his Porsche mechanic to take the new Spyder to add more seat time. Dean should not ever make it to the hospital;  pronounced dead-on arrival local time 6:20 p.m. Dean died about the age of 24. He was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and whatever story can create the bigger and eternal stardom than this.

Dean was the icon of teenage disillusionment

His role as Jim in A rebel without a cause, created the icon of teenage disillusionment, where no one, not even his peers can understand him. All American teenagers could identify themselves with Jim, and they felt exactly the same way as their parents or society which did not understand the music they danced to, the jeans they wore or the movies they liked. Dean is the restless drifting loner, where Marlon Brando is extroverted leading his gang of 40 black rebels on motorcycles in the movie; the wild One where he plays the iconic rebellious character Johnny. James however introverted, like the teenagers with pimples who are sexual drifted between sexes; he is the anti-hero and outsider.  Therefore, James Dean is untouchable and almost impossible to understand. People get attracted by this mystic soul and not only did he attract girls but boys as well. Dean has always been the style icon of gay culture, as much as this good-looking boy loved by girls. I guess he was too handsome to be a straight.


James Dean was sexually drawn between sexes

Nevertheless, Dean will always be young, and he will constantly be beautiful. James’s Dean was sexually drawn between sexes himself; his smart style was different from other youth rebels in the 50s, when they dressed in a black Schott Perfecto leather jacket James got a red McGregor  jacket in nylon fabrics; his style smarter, clever and more feminine. The eternal stardom of James Dean is because of three movies; Jim Stark in Rebel without a cause 1955, the role as Carl Trask in East of Eden after the novel by John Steinbeck. Finally, he played Jett Rink in Giant from 1956; the movie is an epic portrayal of a powerful Texas ranching family challenged by changing times and the coming of big oil. The American film industry made denim jeans incredible popular, not only did the stylist of Hollywood cinema understand to use it as a symbol of the dark, mysterious, anti-hero, however, the hero himself loved wearing it and it became a dangerous symbol. Jeans got worn by rebellious drop-outs, connected to dirty sex, booze, drugs and rock music. In several states, jean was banned of wearing public schools and college.


James Dean “Rebel with a cause  jeans look book

James Dean’s bright-red McGregor jacket, white tee and Lee 101 Riders 1955 deep indigo blue changed fashion forever. These three everyday items of clothing worn with each other by Dean became one of the most iconic styles in film and fashion history. James Dean together with Marlon Brando literally changed the way teenagers perceived what was cool. Their dress down style was the change in fashion culture forever, replacing the dress up code in the 50s and the next decades. This new jeans and fashion  culture was perceived as something dangerous; connected to drugs, motorcycle gangs and rebellious attitude, most often the actor played the role as the loner, anti-hero and outsider in Hollywood stories. A hero who stood upon the established, the enormous power of  course movies like Rebel Without A Cause, East Of Eden, The wild one, On the waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire and Jailhouse Rock.


McGregor Drizzler Jacket

McGregor Drizzler Anti-Freeze Jacket, a nylon jackets with low waistline and fleece lining. The jacket is a vintage replica of the garment James Dean worn as Jim in the movie rebel without a cause. Perfect with all the right details; try the Hide out store if you need more information.

James Deans favorite Jeans, Lee 101 rider jeans

In the movie, a rebel without a cause wore James Dean a pair of Lee 101z rider. This Jean should become his preferred style and trademark. The famous image of James wearing Lee 101 showing how good a jean shall fit the back  been used in PR & marketing and the value for Lee as a jean’s brand cannot be calculated in money.  Lee 101 was first manufactured in 1924 in the mid-west USA. Lee introduced already in 1926 the zipper in jeans, and the slim fitting denim jacket Lee 101j came into the market in 1931, five years later. Good about Raw Denim jeans information.

  •  The polo tee
    James Dean was a huge fan of polo tees and V-neck’s. A dark indigo Jean or even raw denim jeans with a Polo tee are a classic look that can be worn in any occasion, but personally, I feel the jeans should not be worn to skinny. Unless you are in really good shape avoid wearing the polo tee stuffed in the jeans but loose over the jeans otherwise the intention of the look as casual is wasted. Personally, the brand of Polo I like the best am Lacoste who is French. The brand created by the founder Rene Lacoste is celebrating 75 years these days having a long heritage of polo tees from the day Rene played in the tennis tournament French Open.

  • LVC sports tee
    Levi’s Vintage Clothing or LVC is a different vintage replica from the long and rich history of Levi’s Strauss. The tee selected from the board is a classic 50’s sports tee, the main difference except that the cotton weight is heavier is the construction that has been shorter, capped sleeves that highlight the arms and the tee is slightly longer. This fit makes it easier to wear a tee naturally fitter in a basic model as the actors wore them in the 50s. This is almost impossible to do with a regular tee today. A tee shall never be worn tight; the t-shirt shall naturally fit the body without need of wearing a size smaller than regular.

  • Frye Engineering boots
    The Frye engineering boot is an American classic. However, different brand as Dean is wearing in a rebel without a cause, even so, Frye boot is the motorcycle and engineering boots which have to stand the time of fast fashion, popular then and now. The boot on the biker look book is from N. Hoolywood, and is a contemporary and modern look of the classic rebel with cause boots. The Jack Purcell shoes on the look board and info.

  • Sunglasses Randolph engineering
  • The aviator sunglasses used by the United States army, navy, and allied air forces worldwide. The glasses are expensive but the process of making a pair handcrafted, more than 200 stages in production cost. The sunglasses made by Randolph’s engineering are American classics and wherever the trends fly they will stand time.

  • The motorcycle gloves in the look book
    Motorcycle gloves original – Dean’s Motorcycle Gloves, if you have classic motorbike and $1000 the nice pair of horse-hide motorcycle gloves with flared forearm covers, owned and used by Dean can be yours.

Jeff Rink Ranch coat  from the movie The Giant


The ranch coat jacket is a vintage replica of the coat worn by Jeff Rink played by James Dean in the movie the Giant, the coat for collectors and people obsessed with details. The Phoenix Project remake of the coat is only made in 650 copies, Stevenson Overall Co + Bench & Loom. $ 648




RECOMMENDED READING


The Mutant King
The Mutant King is an exceptional biography. It presents the complete story of James Dean’s life based on lengthy research and interviews with people he worked with, his family, friends and his many lovers. From Passion for Speed to Immortality focuses on the iconic actor’s aspirations to be a world-class racing driver. Nearly thirty biographies of him been written, but none has investigated his passion for car racing, how much it was an integral part of his life, and how it affected him in so many important ways.
Kenneth Lyngaas
I always try to be positive & have great energy to share. I try hard not to be affected by negative energy from others. I think that life is to short and that I do not have time to be grumpy, its only me that suffers from it and people around me. I believe that the whole universe is inter-connected, always in change and not everlasting. All people needs to develop positive karma, this will help us in the future. We all need to take care of this planet as we are only borrowing for a short time. So let us pass it on in a better condition than when we borrowed it. Remember next time we come around we might be able to borrow it again. I belive strongly that in a time like this we need strong visionary people that view the world as one. Enjoy
Kenneth Lyngaas
Kenneth Lyngaas
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