Saturday, January 5, 2013

Last Call: Ivy Style

A Back to School spread from the trade magazine Apparel Arts.

Today is the last day to see the wonderful menswear exhibit Ivy Style at The Museum at FIT so I thought I’d share a few more photos I took at the press preview. I think my favorite part of this exhibit was learning how very prescribed the wardrobe was for a young man entering an Ivy League school during the start of the last century right up to about the mid-1960s.

It cracks me up that these are supposed to be college men. They all look like they’re 45!

I’m looking at these “Back to School” spreads from Apparel Arts, a magazine created for wholesale buyers and retailers, and thinking, Really? College men? They all look like my husband, who’s 45! I have to say, I went to San Diego State University, and I would’ve absolutely melted had I met a young man wearing any of these clothes. Most of the college “men” I met dressed like absolute fraternity brother slobs. Or Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. No thank you! I prefer the look below, robes and all!

Do wear a 3-piece suit under your seersucker robe while in the dorm room, college boys!

I was at New Year’s Eve party the night I met my husband and he was wearing a gray herringbone blazer. In San Diego. I cannot overstate how unusual this was (and probably still is). He was the only man in the room wearing a jacket of any kind and I was immediately smitten! As those sage gents from ZZ Top once sang, “Every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man!”

Blazers from Yale (1916) and Princeton (1923.) Orange Princeton reunion blazer, 1919.

I definitely need a pair of these for around the house.

The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York NY 10001-5992

8 comments:

triskelos said...

Thank you so much for sharing gorgeous exibition photos with us!
I'm a huge fan of school/univercity uniform blazers, and those are amazing) I love the Prinston one, in navy and with red trim)

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Good morning, Jill! Wow, college has really changed...my boys attend classes in athletic shorts, T shirts, and sandals or Sperry topsiders. My husband likes to dress up for work and has been complimented at his job for being best dressed...he loves it. I would love to see men's fashion return more this direction than where it currently is. Dress up for one of my son's is a nice polo, jeans, and boots. I did finally get him in dark denim...it made a HUGE difference.!

Marla Robinson said...

Wow, those gorgeous blazers from Yale and Princeton. Fabulous! Love those devil and pitchfork slippers!! Thanks for posting this.

happyface313 said...

I love this, dear Jill! A well dressed man does make a statement. And I like that very, very much! I like it when they have their very own style - may it be a heringbone jacket, red socks or some other wild style. I bought the Sotheby's auction catalogues secondhand of The Duke and Dutchess of Windsor - and they are amazing history of fashion..he was just as obsessed as she was. Love every page of it :-) - Thank you for the wonderful pictures! :-) Have a very HAPPY weekend :-)

Anne said...

Darling slippers!

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playingwithscarves said...

Hello Jill!
And Happy New Year :-) I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas time and a fabulous New Year's Eve. Did you receive the hundreds of scarves you had ordered????
Sounds you are ready to celebrate Valentine's Day. Your post is a true ode to your DH. Lucky man to have such a nice and lovely wife(oh well, after all my dh is lucky to have me too. LOL)
I wish you the very best for 2013. Hope to meet you in person this year.
xoxo
Anne Touraine (Playing with Scarves)

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