Style Icon: James Dean
July 23, 2014
The phrase ‘only the good die young’ doesn’t always ring true, but in the case of James Dean it was spot on.
Despite having stared in just three films before a tragic car crash took his life at the tender age of 24, Dean will forever be remembered as a true Hollywood trailblazer.
His visceral acting style, laissez faire approach to life and poster-boy good looks struck a chord with generations of people as the symbol of youthful rebellion like no one quite had before, showing equal parts tenderness, machismo and violence.
The brooding rebel without a cause actor brought those qualities across to his life and his sense of style, pioneering the classic rebellious look with his slicked-back hair, jeans and a tight white T-shirt that was capped off with a red windbreaker, and naturally, a cigarette dangling from his mouth. It might not seem that cutting-edge today but back in the 1950s it was a definite departure from the predominantly preppy style.
His cool, American bad-boy persona was as much admired as it was reviled, and ultimately it was his love for living in the fast lane with fast women and even faster cars that led to his untimely demise. Here, we salute the most stylish of rebels: