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When Chapel Hill was the Fashion Hub of of America

by Charly Mann

In 1964 the male students of the University of North Carolina were the best dressed in the nation. Their great sense of fashion inspired college students throughout the country. I was 14 that year, but was well aware of the fashion consciousness on the campus. I think in this article the pictures will tell this story far better than my words. For better or worse imagine a Chapel Hill today where the students were so elegantly attired.

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Comments:

Melia      9:06 PM Sat 12/17/2011

Absolutely first rate and copper-bttoeomd, gentlemen!
 

Vincent Paul MD      8:07 PM Tue 2/15/2011

Qb I got there in '69 You bet the UNC campus had the best dressed guys on the planet, eat your heart out Princeton!
 

Richard Willard      2:46 PM Tue 10/26/2010

I remember both GQ (Gentlemen's Quarterly) and Esquire had features on Chapel Hill and UNC in the 1960s. I doubt if any other town in the country had as many upscale men stores per capita as Chapel Hill in those days. (Juilan's, Varsity Men's Shop, Town and Campus, Varley's, The Hub, and Milton's were all right on Franklin Street.)
 

Stephen      9:35 AM Thu 10/21/2010

Oh, also, as to the first two sentences of the article. Is that true? Were UNC students really kinda paraded around in magazines and fashion conversations nationwide mid-sixties?
 

Bill Norwood      10:57 AM Wed 10/20/2010

Since the Chapel Hill Museum closed I think of Chapel Hill Memories as Chapel Hill's new "virtual" history museum, and enjoy visiting the site at least once a month. This is one of my favorite articles thus far. This was very much my look in those days. I bought most of my clothes then at THE HUB or JULIAN'S. I hope you do a piece on Bob Rosenbacher and the THE HUB of Chapel Hill someday.


 

Patricia N.      10:43 AM Tue 10/19/2010

I am a 2007 graduate of UNC. These photos are remarkable. The men look so much better in this style of wardrobe than what the guys wore when I was in school. I would imagine wearing such outfits would also improve one's self-esteem.
 

Stephen      2:30 AM Tue 10/19/2010

Another neat piece in the same vein: http://theivyleaguelook.blogspot.com/2009/04/southern-ivy-at-unc-ch-ca-1965.html
 

Stephen      2:27 AM Tue 10/19/2010

Amazing. Beats the hell out of the frat flip flops, Patagonia shorts and wrinkly Polo shirts or the sorority black club pants, wrinkly Polo shirts and flip flops of my days there, as well as the ubiquitous GDI (jokingly!) "UNC" t-shirts, bluejeans and sneakers.
 

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Chapel Hill is located on a hill whose only distinguishing feature in the 18th century was a small chapel on top called New Hope Chapel. This church was built in 1752 and is currently the location of The Carolina Inn. The town was founded in 1819, and chartered in 1851.

 

 

What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.

-- Charles Kuralt

 

 

Dark Side of the Hill -- Pink Floyd, the creators of the most popular album in history, Dark Side of the Moon, took the second half of their name from Floyd Council, a Chapel Hill native, and great blues singer and guitarist. He once belonged to a group called "The Chapel Hillbillies".

 

 

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There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.

 

 

The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.

 

 

 

 

The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.

 

 

 

 

William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.

 

 

The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.

 

 

Chapel Hill's main street has always been called Franklin Street. It was named after Benjamin Franklin in the early 1790s.

 

 



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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.

 

 

The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.

 

 

Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.

 

 

Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.

 

 

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