James Dean ‘the original hipster’


Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Rebel without a cause James Dean has been transformed into a hipster with a tattoo in an art project bringing some of Hollywood’s biggest stars into the 21st century.

The actor, famous for his trademark blue jeans and white T-shirt who died in 1955, has been given a a full-sleeve tattoo, longer hair and a full beard.

Other famous faces getting a modern makeover include Elvis Presley who keeps his quiff but gets stubble and an earring and Marilyn Monroe whose solid, sprayed hairstyle is replaced by a messier hairdo.

They were chosen for an update after a poll of 2,000 film fans identified them as the most influential silver screen stars in terms of style.

Presley topped the poll of stylish men, with Audrey Hepburn named the most influential woman. Other popular choices, who were also revamped, include Richard Burton and Grace Kelly.

The pictures were created by a team of digital artists challenged by technology company Samsung to use their Galaxy Note 4 phones to come up with the images of how they would look if photographed now.

The artistic team, led by digital designer Quentin Devine, worked with cultural studies professor Will Brooker to predict how the stars would have looked now.

Prof Brooker said Dean “may have pushed his rebellion further in the present day”.

He said: ” The star of Rebel Without A Cause was the original hipster who established a timeless teenage look with his laid-back combination of zip jacket, blue jeans and white T-shirt – the bad boy with sad eyes and a secret heartbreak.”

Samsung marketing director Ines van Gennip said: “Audrey Hepburn, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe practically invented style as we know it today, so we thought it would be fun in the run-up to both London Fashion Week and the Oscars to imagine how these stars may have looked had they lived in the present time.”

Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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