new york: ivy style

© the museum at fit - madras jacket by chipp [ca. 1970]

prep style has never gone out of fashion, and can easily be considered as one of the most enduring clothing styles of the 20th century. opening on fri - sep 14 at the museum at fit in new york is ivy style, an exhibition that elaborately explores the origin and aesthetics of this dress style. although it is now generally perceived as a classic form of dressing, the style originally was a cutting-edge look worn exclusively by affluent young men, and has since influenced the evolution of menswear. the show focuses almost entirely on menswwear, and presents the three main periods of the look: the interwar years of the 1920s and 1930s, the post-war era to the end of the 1960s, and the style’s revival from the 1980s to the present. on display are more than 60 ensembles, both historic and contemporary. they're arranged thematically in a special scenography that evokes an ivy league university campus to accurately illustrate the creation and subsequent reinterpretation of ivy style. a related fashion symposium is held nov 8-9, and brings together a motley crew of scholars, authors, designers, and curators to discuss, debate, and celebrate the ivy league look. speakers include menswear designer jeffrey banksbrooks brothers c.e.o. claudio del vecchio and the exhibition's curator and deputy museum director patricia mears. location: 227 west 27th street [nomad].

© the museum at fit - brooks uniform company, black blazer with orange trim and 1923 princeton university insignia