The 1950′s: high waisted everything, dark blue denim, white t-shirts, slicked back hair, fast as hell cars and the beginning of an era in American pop culture that was highly idealized for all of this. Music, fashion, style and culture.
To create the ideal feel for Rebel Without A Cause, director Nicholas Ray hired the likes of Frank Mazzola, the leader of a real L.A. gang called the Athenians. Ray instructed Mazzola to hang out with Dean, one on one, get a feel for what this shit was really like. Let him hang out with the Athenians, witness brawls, and smoke more cigarettes than he could handle.
Mazzola had the wardrobe department buy the Athenians club jackets and over 400 pairs of Levi’s 501s.
“The iconic Baracuta jacket is often credited as the famous red jacket in Rebel Without a Cause — but some say it was a McGregor or fabricated by the film’s costume designer Moss Mabry, as he himself claims. There are accounts from staffers that it was bought at Matson’s men’s store for use in the 1955 film, but costume designer Moss Mabry has insisted all along that he made three of the jackets from a bolt of red nylon, and painstakingly worked on the size of the collar and the placement of the pockets. >via