Hello MYL-ers! Michelle let me try my hand at writing a post for MYVintageLove. I decided to write about the Ivy Style exhibit opening party we attended back in the fall.
Even getting into the exhibit was an adventure. We found out a day beforehand that the opening event was a guest-list affair, and, sadly, we weren’t on the guest-list. We decided to dress the part, show up and see if a bit of sweet talkin’ would get us inside. Lo’ and behold our smartly dressed friend did all the sweet talking for us and the gates were parted and got into the show!
The party and event was lots of fun. We saw some of our fashionable friends there, and had a blast seeing Bill Cunningham of the New York Times. See the picture of Bill and Michelle sharing a laugh!
The exhibit showcased a lot of great fashion pieces from the past century that best defined the Ivy Style look. In particular, Michelle and I really enjoyed the formal wear and the sporting blazers. The expectation during those times for a young man to have formal wear, sportswear, day wear, relaxing wear, and specialty garments was really quite eye opening. All of these outfits were very cohesive, and seem very ‘buttoned-up’ in comparison to today’s era of casualness. However, as a counterpoint, the event points out that many of these young men had a single sportcoat and a handful of neckties and that comprised their primary outfit during school during the week. They may have had a variety of out outfits (tuxedos, sporting gear) but their dailywear was basic and redundant. In these days we may worry about wearing the same outfit twice in a week, but it sounds as if the basic pants and blazer were worn almost daily with the basic shirt and ties being interchanged for each day.
A great show to check and it’s open for the until January 5th, so go while you can! You can get more information about it at FIT’s site, http://fitnyc.edu/12893.asp