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Take Ivy

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Described by The New York Times as, “a treasure of fashion insiders,” Take Ivy was originally published in Japan in 1965, setting off an explosion of American-influenced “Ivy Style” fashion among students in the trendy Ginza shopping district of Tokyo. The product of four sartorial style enthusiasts, Take Ivy is a collection of candid photographs shot on the campuses o ...more
Hardcover, 142 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by powerHouse Books
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Rajit Malhotra
Oct 30, 2013 Rajit Malhotra rated it really liked it
Having attended an Ivy League institution and having developed a deep interest in preppy fashion, I was delighted to find out that an affordable version of this book was released in English. It is fascinating to see how the original author compares the Ivy League universities to Japan as it brings out the little nuances that we take for granted. I will say the book seems a bit repetitive in certain cases and is not really enlightening in terms of the history of Ivy League fashion. It simply is a ...more
Xander Mitchell
May 22, 2015 Xander Mitchell rated it it was amazing
I’ve wanted to pick up a copy of Take Ivy ever since I heard about the original 1965 version. It’s the closest thing to a photographic Bible of collegiate style that exists. While it’s relatively short at 139 pages, there is much to say about the book.

I bought this book for the classic images, but to my surprise the captions added a crucial element to the work. Repetitive and admittedly uninspired as they are, they make Take Ivy into a story about the Japanese admirers as much as it is about Ame
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Jacobmartin
This book is best read AFTER seeing The Social Network, a movie which caused me to view Harvard and the Ivy League through the lens of pants-wetting fear. Our friendly Japanese author takes us through a guide of American Ivy League schools, comparing and contrasting his own culture's pressure on the young to study hard to get into Japan's top campuses.

As an Australian looking into this book, I find a lot of things mentioning Ivy League Uni culture a bit baffling, if not terrifying. The author th
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Dec 05, 2010 A rated it did not like it
What an utter disappointment. I never saw the online scans of the original book, but the reproduction quality in this edition is ATROCIOUS. The photos are blurry and grainy, the b&w snaps are indecipherable, everything is spotted with dirt and scratches, and the color balance is completely off (unless I'm mistaken and in the 1950s-60s all Ivy Leaguers actually had beet-red fake tans and dyed their white shirts a dingy puke green). In short, the image quality in this makes a 90s punk 'zine re ...more
Leanda
Feb 10, 2014 Leanda rated it really liked it
This book was originally published in Japanese in 1965. I've been wanting to read this book since I heard it was going to be released in English four years ago. I enjoyed looking at the photographs of the classic collegiate prep fashion.
John
Feb 11, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
Purely a photo book. Great snapshot and time capsule of the Ivy League in the 1960's seen through the eyes of a Japanese photographer.
David Kriz
Apr 06, 2016 David Kriz rated it really liked it
This essentially embodies the sartorial style I most sincerely like. I don't know what else to say. Beautifully designed.
Fadhli
Jun 20, 2011 Fadhli rated it really liked it
Do you love America? Do you love American style? Do you love Brook Brothers? What about Ralph Lauren, do you love it? Final question, do you love preppy or ivy style? If 80% of the answer is yes, you gotta read this book.

There is not much paragraph on this book. You can finish it in one day, i guarantee. This book is like a gallery of Ivy Leaguer in 1960's. But the great thing is this book is written by a Japanese. I believe that Japan is the best adopter in the world. It published in 1965 and s
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Matthew Shaw
Feb 22, 2015 Matthew Shaw rated it it was amazing
Essential viewing for the preppy dresser!
Rosemary
Jul 07, 2014 Rosemary rated it really liked it
amazing
Blythe Gifford
Aug 24, 2013 Blythe Gifford rated it liked it
A strange little volume. It is a Japanese view (words and pictures) of the American Ivy League campuses, particularly campus "fashions," of the early 1960's. For most people now, this is a world as distant in time as it was a culture distant in space to the authors. As a result, the explanatory commentary is strangely resonant. I borrowed a copy from the library, and unless you are a real aficionado, I suggest you do the same.
Sarah Rosenberger
Jan 08, 2016 Sarah Rosenberger rated it really liked it
First published in 1965, this overview of mid-1960s Ivy League fashion purposely retains the aesthetic of a book you would stumble across in a vintage shop. Through both B&W and color photos and captions translated from the original, it deftly illustrates that where preppy fashion is concerned, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Gunderhaegg
Jul 05, 2012 Gunderhaegg rated it really liked it
This is the story of four Japanese men who visited the eight Ivy League schools in an attempt to document Ivy League culture. They observe fashion, mannerisms, school culture,.... you name it. The photography is fantastic, and the photo captions are fantastic reading thanks to the naive tone.
Mark
Aug 27, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
Great time, classic. Feel guilty for giving a high grade to a book which has so many crisp clean color pictures
Jen
Sep 08, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
Funny text (translated from Japanese) and pretty cool pictures make this a fun book to flip through.
Mckinley
Dec 15, 2013 Mckinley rated it really liked it
This should be under humor - the captions are awesome. They make the book.
Nicole Pesce
May 19, 2011 Nicole Pesce rated it it was amazing
Great images and unintentionally humorous writing.
Hank Stuever
Mar 27, 2011 Hank Stuever rated it it was amazing
Mesmerizing. Bizarre. What you want instead of TRUE PREP.
Emma
Sep 28, 2011 Emma rated it liked it
I want a sequel which includes the fashion of ivy girls!
Adam
Dec 08, 2010 Adam rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous look at classic Ivy style for men.
Laird Bennion
Apr 26, 2011 Laird Bennion rated it really liked it
Fun book - made better by the clunky English.
Suz
Aug 18, 2011 Suz rated it really liked it
Found this gem at Ben Silver.
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