Stalking The Wild Madras Plaid Wearers Of The Ivy League

by MR Magazine Staff

In May of 2008, the style blogger Michael Williams posted a few dozen scans of an obscure 1965 Japanese photo collection called “Take Ivy” to his Web site, “A Continuous Lean.” The images documented a golden age of Ivy League campus life—young American men strolling across the quad, eating hot dogs in dining halls, and studying for finals in libraries. Most importantly, the students dressed in the pinnacle of classic Ivy League style: madras cotton blazers, oxford-cloth button-down shirts, khaki Bermuda shorts, and patinaed penny loafers. The photos went viral and, two years later, the Brooklyn publisher powerHouse released “Take Ivy” for the first time in English. Read more at The New Yorker.