Retake Ivy: Has Japan Ran out of American Trends to Be Inspired By?

On May 23rd, 1965, a crew of eight Japanese men boarded a plane bound for Boston. Their mission: to define the subculture that was tearing through the youth of Tokyo and unsettling the fragile infrastructure of ancient local tradition. They were to visit university campuses, make a short film and take photographs, in an attempt introduce the Ivy League aesthetic to a broader, more sheltered Japanese audience.

One of the men, Shōsuke Ishizu, was the heir to fashion label VAN. The...

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