When it comes to all things sartorial, academics often get a bad rap, which — to be frank — is often deserved. But while academics in real life may not dress well, academics in the movies usually do. Take, for instance, the late Paul Newman in Alfred Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain (1966), see here with his co-star Julie Andrews:
At the beginning of the film, Newman’s character is en route to an academic conference, of all things.
The “college professor look” glamorized in movies such as Indiana Jones, moreover, is a classic Anglo-American look that’s considered the height of style in some circles. If academics in real life dressed anything like academics in the movies, they’d probably be thought of as one of the best-dressed occupational groups in America.
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