Many of the most familiar sartorial images of the 20th century can be traced to the prestigious college campuses of America The Ivy League Look, or Ivy Style, was once a cutting edge look that for decades led the evolution of menswear Far than a classic way of dressing, Ivy Style spread beyond the rarified walls of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to influence countless designers.Focusing on menswear dating from the early 20th century through today, this elegant book traces the main periods of the look the interwar years when classic items, such as tweed jackets and polo coats, were appropriated from the English man s wardrobe and redesigned by pioneering American firms such as Brooks Brothers and J Press for young men at elite East Coast colleges then from 1945 to the late 1960s, when the staples of Ivy Styleoxford cloth shirts, khaki pants, and penny loaferswere worn by a new, diverse group that included working class students and jazz musicians and finally the current revival of the Ivy look that began in the early 1980s.Ivy Style celebrates both high profile proponents of the styleincluding the Duke of Windsor, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Miles Daviswho made the look their own, and designers such as Ralph Lauren, J McLaughlin, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Bastian, and Thom Browne, who have made it resonate with new generations of style enthusiasts....
|Title||:||Ivy Style: Radical Conformists|
|Publisher||:||Yale University Press October 16, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
|File Size||:||779 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Ivy Style: Radical Conformists Reviews
When my wife and I left the New York City area for Texas early this year, I knew there would be things I'd miss and things I wouldn't. Pretty much at the top of my list of things I wish I was still in town for is the Ivy Style exhibit at the Museum at FIT. So I eagerly awaited what I hoped would be the next best thing, the publication of this book. Now I'm of mixed opinion. Parts of this book, like the curate's egg, are excellent. Other parts are quite good if not as obviously relevant to the topic. Then there's what felt like filler.
I traveled across the country to see the Ivy Style exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology. It is a marvelous show, with the added benefit of being open till 8pm! I was therefore keenly looking forward to the book on Ivy Style. Regretfully, the choice of font and more importantly color of ink makes the book almost unreadable. I struggled to get through the excellent essays on the Duke of Windsor and the Jazz Men and then simply gave up. How Ms Mears, FIT and the Yale Press chose a light gray ink for the text is beyond comprehension. Hopefully, if it gets to a second printing they can correct this.
I ordered "Ivy Style" with free delivery and, to my surprise, it arrived a day before the estimated delivery date. Superb service. As a follower of the various Ivy blogs, I was much looking forward to settling into a leather armchair in my library, lighting a cigar and spending a few pleasant hours with the book. However, you can't enjoy a book if it's difficult to read the type, and, alas, that's the case with text of "Ivy Style." The body type is so small and light (it looks grey on the page) that I have to strain to read it. The photo captions are even worse; they're so small that I have to use a magnifying glass to read them. This is immensely disappointing because it was really the essays in the book that I was most looking forward to. A book that is this important--to my knowledge, it is the first work to comprehensively trace the origins of Ivy style and, in particular, examine its critical British influences--should not be so egregiously flawed. How could the editors and publisher let this happen?
After following the development of the resurgence of Trad/Ivy style in the blogosphere for the past six years this book was an exciting find. It includes a ton of photos and content captured together to present a cohesive history of the style form its early pre-war development to the current resurgence.
I was excited to receive this book until I realized it was all men's wear. Interesting book but my boyfriend thinks it's way better than I do!
Most of the chapters are well done and interesting, especially the interview of Richard Press of J Press fame. Could have used more photos.
First, the good news. This is a book with excellent photos of the exhibit. About half of the essays within are worth reading, especially the one on the Duke of Windsor.
Beautiful book, filled with fascinating photos and text. BIG however - the author and/or book designer selected a tiny tiny font and then decided to use a rather light gray ink, making it very difficult for anyone who doesn't have perfect vision. Bring out your magnifiers and plus 10 readers. It's really a shame because reading becomes tedious. But the photos are indeed not only plentiful, but also wonderful.