Celebrate Ivy Style with Jeffrey Banks

Posted on July 17, 2013

Jeffrey Bank Tile 

Fashion designer and style icon Jeffrey Banks appeared on Friday, July 19th at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT.  Jeffrey discussed the history and evolution of "Preppy Style" from Ivy League campuses to modern runways, as presented in his latest book Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style.


John Meyer of Norwich


Jeffrey's lecture was part of The Origins of Preppy: John Meyer of Norwich exhibit in the Mattatuck Museum's Whittemore Gallery.  The Preppy style was born on the campuses of America’s Ivy League colleges but it was  transformed in-part by pioneering purveyor John Meyer of Norwich.  Pictured above is a small selection of John Meyer's preppy tweed fashions on display at the exhibit.  All of these items were manufactured here in Connecticut in 1950's-1970's.

The exhibit was more than a retrospective on preppy, it also presented how this timeless fashion has evolved and is currently interpreted.  Pictured below is our stylist and window dresser, Madeline Chapman, installing the Derwin interpretation of the modern preppy family.


Preppy Chapman


Thank you to all who attended and had the unique opportunity to talk "Preppy Style" with Jeffrey Banks.

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