Ivy Style at FIT

Fashion & Style

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.