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SILVER ICON’S STYLE Jiro Shirasu, James Dean - WHITE T-SHIRT & JEANS

SILVER ICON’S STYLE Jiro Shirasu, James Dean - WHITE T-SHIRT & JEANS

Fashion styles are versatile and individual. Some always wear the same clothes and others wear something new every time you meet them. If you have a unique item or a custom that can be defined as your identity, your style can be deeper in its meaning. In this section, we would like to talk about favourite things of those, who have been influencing us with their unique fashion styles. We believe they inspire us and show us how important it is to have an individual style that is your identity.

 


 

While it can be said this is “the same” denim style as Ms. Copola, this one represents a rebellious spirit that two men showed to the world. Dean wore denim jeans with a white T-shirt in Rebel Without a Couse. It is a well-known fact that a simple T-shirt came to be recognized as a proper top instead of just underwear since the film came out. On the screen, a rebellious young man from a working class family appeared to protest against the existing conventional values. The above-mentioned style in the film made a true impact. If it is viewed from those conventional values, the style can be interpreted as a man walking the street in his underwear.
If I make an example in the modern time context, it might be like a man walking the street in broad daylight only with his trunks on. Grown-ups would have frowned. The style which was established by youthful abandon and sensuality broaden the possibility of fashion. In consequence, a plain T-shirt became an ordinary fashion item.

 

It is said that Jiro Shiras was a dandy who wore a pair of jeans for the first time as a Japanese man. Under the GHQ reign of the post-World War II era, Shirasu played an extraordinary role for Japan working as an aide to Shigeru Yoshida, the prime minister at the time. Shirasu dressed in a simple white T-shirt with a pair of jeans effortlessly but it was extremely special because the American fashion was not widely known as well as supplies in general were very limited in Japan. Unless one was very particular, it was not possible to wear a plain T-shirt and denim jeans at the time. I think it was his prideful style that he could show at the time.

1947 501® JEANS RIGID 74719 ¥32400 by Levi’s® Vintage Clothing (LEVI STRAUSS JAPAN K.K.) Hanes Cut “3-pack” ¥6480 by Supreme (Supreme)

 

Jiro Shirasu
(February 17, 1902 – November 28, 1985) was a Japanese businessperson and bureaucrat. Shirasu was called “the coolest Japanese of the 20th century” and had made a great contribution to contemporary Japan not only in politics but also in fashion.

 

James Dean
(February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American actor. In the 50’s, Dean was a charismatic figure for young people and his influence as a fashion icon was phenomenal.

 

 

Photo Taijun Hiramoto
Styling Shuhei Yoshida
Illustration Éi Kaneko
Text Ryo Tajima
Translate Fumie Tsuji

 

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