On Display

Ivy Style
Fashion Institute of Technology Special Exhibitions Gallery
Seventh Avenue at 27th St
New York, NY 10001-5992
September 14, 2012 through January 5, 2013

Today, we had the privilege of engaging some sartorial history. Our thoughts on our experience and its impact have been summed up by answering the following questions:

1. What was your first impression when you entered the gallery?
2. What was done well? What was your favorite feature?
3. What would you have changed?
4. What would you incorporate into your personal style?

Thierry Augustin (left), Stephen Obisanya


1. I was immediately impressed by the quality of the writing attached to the pieces. It not only provided the context for these sartorial developments but also engaged me in a way that automatically increased the personal value of the exhibit.
2. It’s always in the details. I thought the staging/posing was incredible. I loved the patterns, the stitching, all the nuances contributed by Bastian, Browne, Lauren, etc who were influenced by “Ivy Style”; the subtle cuff of a jacket sleeve, the blend of various textures, the choice of footwear. And now we can see a more contemporary rendition with new designers such as The Brooklyn Circus.
3. I would’ve enjoyed the use of more media. If they could have included video footage from that era or from the recent runway shows that displayed some of these pieces, I feel that would’ve bridged both the advent of this trend and its impact on us now.
4. CREW NECK SWEATER, OXFORD SHIRT, TWEED BLAZER! (still excited, my apologies.) And cable knit socks, practical for the season and a great accent piece to boot.

back to basics (no pictures allowed)


1. The presentation–setting and documentation–was captivating in that it allows the audience (I’ll speak for myself) to feel a part of the history on display.
2. For me, it boiled down to the juxtaposition of the garments with the environment–the display of formal wear coupled with the vibe of a gala setting, the trendy casual looks with the backdrop of a blackboard to evoke the setting of a classroom, etc. Being a college student, I especially loved the campus store display and the high quality of the clothing and accessories–Oxford shirts, newsboy caps, and luggages/briefcases–available to students in the mid twentieth century.
3. I found the exhibit to be quite informative. I think a more extensive collection would do well for future displays, but it was free so I can’t complain!
4. Thom Browne’s collection has me thinking Tweed blazers, man! You know Thierry and I are one of a kind when crew neck sweaters become a wardrobe necessity after a single encounter.

If you’re in the area, it would behoove you not to take a peek.

These sights are worth seeing.


1 Comment

  1. While certainly an inrtteseing fellow, Thom Browne bugs me. I can’t help but get hung up on practicality sometimes and his work just really isn’t. The men I’ve seen in real life trying to rock Thom Browne always look a bit silly and self conscious/self impressed. And i like to show off my ankles, personally. With Thom It’s always been all good in the hood for me from the waist up, as i like the snug chest and arms, but i lose it on the way down. This is, of course, based off of nothing but my own narrow worldview. I certainly can’t knock the man for his skill and flair. The T(h)om for me is Tom Ford. Safe? Maybe. Awesome? Definitely.

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