HOW TO BE DRESSED LIKE DEAN MARTIN
Born Dino Paul Crocetti, (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) Dean Martin is an American actor, singer and comedian, best known for his laid back demeanour, charisma and self-assurance in everything he does - his signature relaxed, warbling, crooning voice in his hit songs, his roles in film, and his appearances on radio, television, and show business. This ultimately earned him the moniker "The King of Cool", and we will be examining how you can emulate his "cool" dress style
Born in Steubenville, Ohio, Dean's early years was immensely varied and colourful to say the least, having worked as a bootlegger, a steel worker, a casino worker and then a blackjack dealer, a boxer, and amateur musician. It was through his amateur singing gigs and varied businesses with club owners that gave him his first professional singing gigs with local bands.
(Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis during an promotional shoot for their NBC broadcast, 1955)
The mid-40s saw Dean teamed with Jerry Lewis to form the Lewis-Martin show, with the zany Lewis constantly bouncing off the unflappably smooth Martin in a partnership that spanned 10 years at night club shows, radio and television shows, then film. In the summer of 1956, the duo split for irreconcilable differences and parted ways to pursue different career paths
Because Martin was a multi-talented performer who was already experienced in show business, he was quick to make a comeback. After his early success in the war drama "The Young Lions" (1958), he went on to land multiple acting roles in films of the following years, including the Vincente Minnelli drama "Some Came Running" (1958) where he first acted alongside Frank Sinatra. He would also lend his singing talents and relaxed cool vibe not just to his familiar venue of night club shows in Vegas, but also radio and TV shows.
(one of Dean Martin's many record albums, this one recorded with Capitol Records in 1957)
(The Rat Pack, August 1960. From left to right, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Junior (center), Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop)
It was during this period, that Dean managed to be part of the infamous Rat pack through his friendship with Sinatra and the other members Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and others. They were an informal group that would do shows together in Vegas and would also star together in a few films like Ocean's Eleven (1960), Sergeants 3 (1962) and Robin and the 7 hoods (1964). Dean's association with the group managed to help him build his signature persona as a smooth, easy going, free wheeling boozing playboy even though in reality he often drank apple juice in place of whiskey at his shows and was a dedicated family man
(Dean Martin during a recording session of "Sleep Warm" with Capitol Records, Frank Sinatra conducting and with arrangements by Pete King. Approximately October 1958)
It was around this period that Dean's single "Everybody Loves Somebody" managed to beat the Beatles at their height on the top spot of the 1964 billboard charts, despite the fact that the 50s crooner years are giving way to the early rock and roll scene of the 60s - his single will stay high on the "Pop-standard singles" chart for eight weeks. His other well known songs are "Ain't That a Kick in the Head", "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You, "The Door Is Still Open to My Heart", and "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On".
(Sticking with timeless designs and occasionally making a few concessions to the trends of the era)
While Dean isn't as dedicated as say his friend Sinatra in following a certain style, there are a few very specific tailoring tips he uses whenever he gets his suit or outfit made, whether it be by the Rat pack's unofficial tailor Sy Devore or else where: collars should be made a little taller to minimise his long, thick neck and the sleeves a little bigger to hide Dean's big hands, which he bruised and battered during his early boxing years)