James Dean
       
     
 Without James Dean, perhaps we may not be all wearing denim today. A sweeping statement admittedly, but the impact this young actor had on the material is undeniable.
       
     
 Ian used a bleach and stencil to create the background
       
     
       
     
 After appearing in the iconic ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ in the now classic white t-shirt and jeans combo, teens flocked to copy his style, and this work-wear essential soon became a staple for every wardrobe, and a powerful symbol of youthful rebellion. These teens inevitably grew up and had kids of their own, but their style was passed down, gradually becoming ingrained in modern fashion.
       
     
 When researching denim’s history, these stories stood out, leading Ian to pay tribute to them by working with the James Dean Gallery in the actor’s hometown of Fairmount, Indiana. Dean’s denim portrait hung outside in the main town centre for the many thousands of visitors who come to pay homage to the movie icon to see.
       
     
 The large piece was based on a Roy Schatt photograph, with many images created in the background, including a picture of Dean walking right where the picture hangs now, by the town’s Citizens Exchange Bank. These details were bleached in, with stitching completing the other areas.
       
     
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 Ian with Museum Director and James Dean historian  David Loehr
       
     
James Dean
       
     
James Dean

In his hometown of Fairmount, Indiana. 2011

 Without James Dean, perhaps we may not be all wearing denim today. A sweeping statement admittedly, but the impact this young actor had on the material is undeniable.
       
     

Without James Dean, perhaps we may not be all wearing
denim today. A sweeping statement admittedly, but the
impact this young actor had on the material is undeniable.

 Ian used a bleach and stencil to create the background
       
     

Ian used a bleach and stencil to create the background

       
     

Play: James Dean in Denim in his hometown, Fairmount

 After appearing in the iconic ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ in the now classic white t-shirt and jeans combo, teens flocked to copy his style, and this work-wear essential soon became a staple for every wardrobe, and a powerful symbol of youthful rebellion. These teens inevitably grew up and had kids of their own, but their style was passed down, gradually becoming ingrained in modern fashion.
       
     

After appearing in the iconic ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ in the
now classic white t-shirt and jeans combo, teens flocked to
copy his style, and this work-wear essential soon became
a staple for every wardrobe, and a powerful symbol of
youthful rebellion. These teens inevitably grew up and had
kids of their own, but their style was passed down, gradually
becoming ingrained in modern fashion.

 When researching denim’s history, these stories stood out, leading Ian to pay tribute to them by working with the James Dean Gallery in the actor’s hometown of Fairmount, Indiana. Dean’s denim portrait hung outside in the main town centre for the many thousands of visitors who come to pay homage to the movie icon to see.
       
     

When researching denim’s history, these stories stood out, leading Ian to pay tribute to them by working with the James Dean Gallery in the actor’s hometown of Fairmount, Indiana. Dean’s denim portrait hung outside in the main town centre for the many thousands of visitors who come to pay homage to the movie icon to see.

 The large piece was based on a Roy Schatt photograph, with many images created in the background, including a picture of Dean walking right where the picture hangs now, by the town’s Citizens Exchange Bank. These details were bleached in, with stitching completing the other areas.
       
     

The large piece was based on a Roy Schatt photograph, with
many images created in the background, including a picture
of Dean walking right where the picture hangs now, by the
town’s Citizens Exchange Bank. These details were bleached
in, with stitching completing the other areas.

IMG_1638.JPG
       
     
 Working in the Studio
       
     

Working in the Studio

-11.jpg
       
     
CIMG9790.jpg
       
     
CIMG9765.jpg
       
     
CIMG9821.JPG
       
     
IMG_1814.jpg
       
     
 Ian with Museum Director and James Dean historian  David Loehr
       
     

Ian with Museum Director and James Dean historian David Loehr