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Ivy Style at FIT

By Tom Ran

Published: September 18, 2012 under Fashion & Style

Ivy Style at F.I.T. Left: Chipp, madras jacket Center: Navy blazer from J. Press Right: Blue blazer with 1916 Yale insignia

Photo: Fashion Institute of Technology

Ivy Style at F.I.T. Left: Chipp, madras jacket Center: Navy blazer from J. Press Right: Blue blazer with 1916 Yale insignia

The origins of the Ivy look has been about exclusivity and elitism. But just like the alumni that left the sacred walls of these private institutions and ventured into the world, so did their style. Through the years the look has become pervasive. It’s been reinterpreted and co-opted by labels that saw a need for the aesthetic to thrive beyond the elite universities. A new exhibition at F.I.T. explores the Ivy Style by showcasing the uniforms that were so synonymous with the look. From a grassy quad and dorm to a classroom and library, Ivy Style arranges the exhibition in settings with the appropriate attire. How fitting and ironic that the show is on view at a gallery of a school, a public school. Ivy Style is now on view till January 5, 2013.

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