Today we revisit the sequel to “Take Ivy,” which shows how fast things changed following the fall of the Ivy heyday.
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The global Ivy Trendwatch continues as a Japanese publisher has re-released “Take 8 Ivy,” photographer Teruyoshi Hayashida’s follow-up to his 1965 tome “Take Ivy.”
Sequels are rarely as good as first offerings, and while “Take Ivy” captured the last rays of twilight of the heyday of the Ivy League Look, “Take 8 Ivy” is devoted to a 20-year span, most of it the 1970s. Needless to say, things had changed significantly.
But there are some shots from the ’60s that evidently weren’t used in the original book. Below, Mr. Slim Fit wears his penny loafers with dark socks, while Mr. Traditional Fit wears his loafers with no socks:
But Weejuns are few and far between in the pages of “Take 8 Ivy,” as most of is devoted to the Boat Shoe Years:
Looks like shoes and socks have provided us with a fitting leitmotif. This guy has the destroyed sneakers look down pat. His canvas tennies look rescued from some sort of trad burial ground:
“Take 8 Ivy” is disappointing, not for the photographic content, but for the rather jarring reminder of how wholeheartedly the Ivy League Look was jettisoned on the campuses from which it takes its name. For the entire 20th century it was a breeding ground of good taste and innovation tempered by tradition. This is what made students from the Ivy League models for college students across America.
By the ’70s, however, following what many social critics have called a complete inversion of values, students across the nation no longer wanted to look “Ivy League,” and instead Ivy Leaguers began to look just like any other students across the nation. — CC