Friday marked the opening of a new exhibit in town dedicated to mapping the history of menswear at elite American colleges. The Ivy Style exhibit at The Museum at FIT is filled with college prep fashions from the earlier twentieth century to modern day collections, including pieces from designers such as Thom Brown, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Bastian and Ralph Lauren.
Deputy curator Patricia Mears did a wonderful job in mixing pieces from many different designers and time periods. There was a wall dedicated to college jackets from the 1920’s, a spiked studded Thom Browne suit, and an eye-catching full length raccoon fur coat, among other notable pieces.
Many forget that the “Ivy style” as we know it began as a more formal way of dress on campuses like Harvard, Yale and Princeton, which eventually spread beyond those all-male universities. In blue blazers with gold buttons, madras prints, bowties and pocket squares, the exhibit proves this iconic way of dressing continues to influence today’s designers.
Ivy Style runs till January 5, 2013 at the Museum at FIT 7th Avenue at 27Th street.