Long time readers of our comment section have in all likelihood noticed these two themes: that the Southern interpretation of the Ivy League Look is underappreciated, and that college students dress poorly.
Recent news out of Chapel Hill will have the first group cheering and provide further consternation to the latter. The Wilson Library at UNC is holding an exhibit entitled “From Frock Coats to Flip-Flops: 100 Years of Fashion at Carolina.” The exhibit opened February 25th and will run through the 5th of June.
The announcement states, “This exhibitions explores the stylistics shifts that took us from collared to casual, and what these changes — big and small, gradual and sudden — reveal about 20th-century student life at Carolina.”
The friends of the library newsletter that the exhibit announcement appears in shows some heyday images and is promoting a talk by designer Alexander Julian later in the spring. Julian’s father and uncle were instrumental in introducing UNC to Ivy style. — CHRISTOPHER SHARP