Um Homem na Cidade is a showcase of 1950s menswear, a menswear that evokes a particular retrospective style best described as: 1950s, mid-century, Americana, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly and vintage; the Space Age and the Atomic Age, its characteristics, aesthetics and as best as possible, the visual authenticity of those times. Created by Andrew Nunes with a penchant for the 1950s – its iconic designs, details and style, Andrew channels this era with 1950s reproductions, vintage and contemporary menswear that evokes the era of the 1950s. Featured is menswear that would have existed in the 1950s or clothing of a very similar, almost identical form. All items featured on Um Homem na Cidade represent material culture, the significant meanings, attitudes and rituals associated with the people and the clothing of the 1950s that is both clandestine and subtle, but also clear and plain to interpret; Items of clothing that summon up the imagery of the 1950s, it’s environment and associations: the Old West, workwear, vintage motor vehicles, the roadside gas station, the drive-in theatre and the neon lit diner – quintessential Americana. Cultural significances, that are symbolic and intrinsic to the clothing’s conception and original utilitarian functions, as well in opposition, clothing designed to be visually pleasing and fashionable. All items featured on Um Homem na Cidade are from independent reproduction brands or original vintage, with designs original from the 1950s or are reproduced from vintage patterns, with the use sometimes of vintage deadstock fabrics. Other items featured are acquired from today’s high street and designer fashion brands some of which were operating during the 1950s. In all, Um Homem na Cidade aims to achieve a digital recording and archive of a contemporary interpretation of the 1950s, with all the difficulties of being truly authentic to the era due to the shortage and expense of good quality 1950s menswear available. Nonetheless, this project endeavours to display Andrew’s best work and retrospective style at the time published, for a collectivised prosperity. 1950s menswear, documented and archived, a resource for vintage enthusiasts, costume designers, fashion students or anyone interested in menswear, circa 1950s.
Research is conducted by utilising 1950s clothing catalogues, menswear fashion books, films, TV shows from the 1950s, documentaries and the internet. Below are some examples that display the fashion or aesthetic of the 1950s.
American Graffiti, 1973. [Film] Directed by George Lucas. USA: Universal Pictures.
Blackboard Jungle, 1955. [Film] Directed by Richard Brooks. USA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Leverton, A., 2015. Denim Dudes: Street Style, Vintage, Workwear, Obsession. London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.
Loving You, 1957. [Film] Directed by Hal Kanter. USA: Paramount Pictures.
Rebel Without a Cause, 1955. [Film] Directed by Nicholas Ray. USA: Warner Bros.
Rock All Night, 1957. [Film] Directed by Roger Corman. USA: American International Pictures.
Shih, J., 1997. Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs: Late 1950s. Atglen PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Sims, J., 2016. Icons of Men’s Style. London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.
Skinner, T., 2002. Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs: Mid 1950s. Atglen PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Smith, D., 1998. Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs: Early 1950s. Atglen PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Stock, D. and Hyams, J., 2015. Dennis Stock: James Dean. London: Thames & Hudson Ltd.
Tanaka, R., 2017. Lewis Leathers: Wings, Wheels and Rock ‘n’ Roll: Vol.1. Tokyo: Ten Print-Directors & Associates.
Tanaka, R., 2006. My Freedamn! 5. Featuring Rock ‘n’ Roll Fashions: Part 1. Tokyo: Ten Print-Directors & Associates.
Tanaka, R., 2007. My Freedamn! 6. Featuring Rock ‘n’ Roll Fashions: Part 2. Tokyo: Ten Print-Directors & Associates.
The Wild One, 1953. [Film] Directed by Laszlo Benedek. USA: Stanley Kramer Productions.
2K Czech., 2010. Mafia II. [Computer game]. Czech Republic: 2K Games.
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> Site banner is from the design proofs of a purchased custom made pennant by Oxford Pennants.
> Music featured on this site is credited to Eddie Cochran and Liberty Records. C’mon Everybody, 1958. [Sound Recording] Performed by Eddie Cochran. Hollywood: Liberty Records.
> This website exhibits 1950s visual culture and its aesthetics only therefore, its owner Andrew Nunes, does not support any dominate mindsets or societal issues that occurred during the era, that of sexism, racism or the conformism that people had to adhere to be “normal” or the ideal citizen, and in no way advocates these features of the 1950s.
> The depiction of the use of cigarettes and smoking featured on this website are used for aesthetic purposes only, to adhere to the era of the 1950s when the harms of smoking were not fully understood and smoking was very commonplace. Therefore, such depictions are not endorsements of the use of cigarettes or the tobacco industry but are used to achieve a visual commonality with the 1950s.
> This website hopes to be a source of inspiration and reference, and can be used as such as long as this website is referred back to and never sourced for commercial purposes without approval. This however, does not permit plagiarism or credit for any work contained on this website. All content featured on this website is the property and ownership of Andrew Nunes. All rights are reserved.