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Academics Who Dress Well VII

Isaiah Berlin of “The Hedgehog and the Fox” fame:

Oh, and for the record, I’d rather be a fox.

(Via Put This On.)

Previously: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.


Academics Who Dress Well Part VI

Ladies and gentlemen, Paul Engle, sometime in the 1950s.


Previously: Parts IIIIIIIV, and V.

Academics Who Dress Well Part IV

John Gavin as a small-town college professor in Tammy Tell Me True (1961).

I repeat: If academics in real life dressed anything like academics in the movies, they’d be one of the best-dressed occupational groups in America.

See also Parts I, II, and III.


Academics Who Dress Well Part III


Cary Grant as Dr. Praetorius, a medical professor at a small midwestern college, in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s People Will Talk (1951).


Academics Who Dress Well Part II

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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Academics Who Dress Well

Gary Cooper as Professor Bertram Potts in Ball of Fire (1941)

Loved this aside from Russell Jacoby’s recent profile of Paul Piccone:

Another leftist Italian-American of working-class origins coincidentally chaired my department at Rochester. Eugene Genovese, the historian of American slavery, also dressed to the nines. He once addressed us motley graduate students, mainly from New York City and its suburbs, as we clomped about in work boots, blue jeans, and work shirts: “You think the workers like what you are wearing?” he sneered. “They despise it and you.” He fingered his own fine threads. “This is what they like. This is what they would wear if they could.”

The point is that academics need not dress in a slovenly manner; indeed, many academics dress very well, or at least they used to. This is something of a hobbyhorse of mine.