Um Homem na Cidade is a showcase of 1950s menswear that evokes this particular epoch and its aesthetics which could be best described as a combination of mid-twentieth century Americana, rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, and at times western fashion of this era. Created by Andrew Nunes with a penchant for the 1950s – its iconic designs, details and style, he channels this era with 1950s reproduction clothing, original vintage, and contemporary menswear that evokes this era. Featured then, is menswear that would have existed in the 1950s, or clothing of an almost identical form. Clothing from independent reproduction brands remaking 1950s fashion today using vintage designs with contemporary materials, or repurposing vintage deadstock. To original, now defunct, brands from the 1950s, and items acquired from today’s high street and designer fashion brands (some of which have been operating since the mid-twentieth century). All clothing from these brands featured represent material culture, the significant meanings and attitudes of the 1950s that is both clandestine and subtle, but also clear and plain to interpret with various items of clothing that summon up the imagery and spirit of the American 1950s. In all, Um Homem na Cidade aims to achieve a digital record 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. That, despite these difficulties, this project still endeavours to display the best work and vintage 1950s style at the time published for a collective prosperity. 1950s style documented and archived, a preservation and celebration of the material culture of this past serving as 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, television shows and public broadcasts from the 1950s, including documentaries on topics concerning this era. Listed below is a non-exhaustive list of some example resources used that are noteworthy.
American Graffiti, dir. by George Lucas (USA: Universal Pictures, 1973).
Blackboard Jungle, dir. by Richard Brooks (USA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1955).
Leverton, A., Denim Dudes: Street Style, Vintage, Workwear, Obsession (London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd., 2015).
Loving You, dir. by Hal Kanter (USA: Paramount Pictures, 1957).
Rebel Without a Cause, dir. by Nicholas Ray (USA: Warner Bros., 1955).
Rock All Night, dir. by Roger Corman (USA: American International Pictures, 1957).
Rock Around the Clock, dir. by Fred F. Sears (USA: Columbia Pictures, 1956).
Shih, J., Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs: Late 1950s (Atglen PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1997).
Sims, J., Icons of Men’s Style (London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd., 2016).
Skinner, T., Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs: Mid 1950s (Atglen PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2002).
Smith, D., Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs: Early 1950s (Atglen PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1998).
Stock, D. and J. Hyams, Dennis Stock: James Dean (London: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2015).
Tanaka, R., Lewis Leathers: Wings, Wheels and Rock ‘n’ Roll: Vol.1 (Tokyo: Ten Print-Directors & Associates, 2017).
Tanaka, R., My Freedamn! 5. Featuring Rock ‘n’ Roll Fashions: Part 1 (Tokyo: Ten Print-Directors & Associates, 2006).
Tanaka, R., My Freedamn! 6. Featuring Rock ‘n’ Roll Fashions: Part 2 (Tokyo: Ten Print-Directors & Associates, 2007).
The Wild One, dir. by László Benedek (USA: Stanley Kramer Productions, 1953).
Andrew Nunes is the creative director and model, among many other things, at Um Homem na Cidade. Interested in the aesthetics of the 1950s, its material culture and images, this web-project addresses such interests through showcasing 1950s menswear and clothing evocative of this era. Day-to-day, however, Andrew is not solely influenced by the 1950s style, but also enjoys many contemporary and recent past influences. Outside of this project, Andrew is a scholar holding the degrees, BA in Iberian and Latin American Studies (Portuguese); MRes in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies; and a PhD in Portuguese Studies; who has written on 1950s music and fashion revivalism in Portugal in the book Luso-Retro: Past and Present Portuguese Representations of Mid-Twentieth Century Rock ‘n’ Roll and Americana Subculture (first published in 2019).
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> 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.
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