Welcome to The Ivy League Look

This blog presents a historical view through articles, photographs, reminiscences, and advertisements, of an American style of men's fashion of the mid-20th century known as "The Ivy League Look" or "The Ivy Look."

This blog will not present modern-day iterations of this "look"; it will be shown in its original context as an American style worn during this specific era. Author commentary will be kept to a minimum.

This is not a commercial site and links to commercial sites will not be posted.

April 7, 2009

The Gleam of Gold and the Shine of Silver

TOP ROW: two antique brass English hunt club designs (each set of 7, $13.50), Old Buttons, Inc., New York; authentic shotgun shell (set of 7, $3.50), Abercrombie & Fitch, New York; Stanford University and other school seals (set of 7, $7.50), Neiman-Marcus, Dallas; antique Civil War uniform (set of 7, $59), Old Buttons.

SECOND ROW: gold horsehead (set of 7, $100), Abercombie & Fitch; antique French mayor's guard (set of 8, $15), Dunhill Tailors, New York; sailboat (set of 7, $53), Old Buttons; College of Hard Knocks (set of 7, $9), Ara's, Wellesley, Mass.; gold wood-grain design (set of 8, $256), Cartier, New York.

THIRED ROW: gold-and-blue-enamel ring design (set of 8, $300), Dunhill; gold rope and anchor (set of 7, $130), Car-tier; custom design for Ford Motor Co. (to order), Ben Silver, Inc., New York; gold threaded design (set of 7, $155), Cartier; gold and malachite Greek head (set of 8, $375), Old Buttons.

BOTTOM ROW: Harvard (set of 7, $7.50), Neiman-Marcus; authentic English coin (set of 7, $26), Old Buttons; brass jumping fish (set of 7, $11), Old Buttons; gold basketweave design (set of 7, $243), Tiffany, New York; silver flying geese (set of 7, $25), Old Buttons. The silk blazer fabrics are from Chipp, the twill and hopsacking from J. Press, New York.

The first blazers often were so riotously striped in a "blaze" of club and school colors (hence the name) that cricket and boating contests looked like circus parades. Some of the buttons in the collection opposite are antiques left over from the jacket's earliest days when blazers were also fitted out with pocket crests in gold bullion thread to signify membership in all sorts of organizations, civil and military. In fact, the navy flannel blazer is a carry-over from the British love for a uniform, and ex-military types in England most frequently adorn their blazers with crests or buttons signifying air groups, fleets and regiments.


SI - 4/3/67

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