Happy Birthday, Woody Allen

Allan Stewart Koningsberg was born in Brooklyn today in 1935. In the early part of his career, he sported the requisite garb of a New York intellectual: buttondown collars, knit ties and natural-shouldered jackets. He’s pictured above in a 1966 Smirnoff ad in white buttondown, navy and red rep tie and navy jacket — practically the same outfit worn by handsome leading man George Peppard in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Dressed by Ralph Lauren for 1977’s “Annie Hall,” Allen settled into a uniform of patterned shirt, crewneck sweater, and slouchy tweed or corduroy jacket that he’s been wearing ever since.

Here’s Woody doing a stand-up routine in 1965: — CC

18 Comments on "Happy Birthday, Woody Allen"

  1. Well thought out joke. He doesn’t look ‘funny’ in the current day picture though.

  2. Woody Allen hasn’t been funny in years. He’s been too busy being “serious”–and boring.

    But that’s a good joke in the video.

  3. Lovely. I assume Roman Polanski will be your next feature?

  4. When’s his birthday?

  5. Ahhhh! Admiral Cod was right! You guys are all just shills to the international Jewish conspiracy. The same one that says non WASPs can somehow integrate into high society by wearing tweed jackets. In retrospect, it would seem obvious that Ralph Lauren has dressed him in the past.

  6. Wow, what a crowd. Henry thinks Match Point could have used a few more one-liners. Sir implies that Woody’s a criminal. Ben is just a good old-fashioned Anti-Semite. What’s next?

    For the more open minded: I just finished watching the Woody Allen documentary on PBS and it was terrific.

  7. I assumed Ben was being ironic.

    OK, maybe hoped is the right word….

  8. Granted, he wears some decent clothes that many of us here like. But Sir does have a good point, readers. He might not be a criminal but Woody Allen puts an extremely creepy spin on the old adage of: “Be the man you would want your daughter to marry.”

  9. ^ Matthew chapter 7 verse 1

  10. @Sartre I could not have said it better. I enjoyed the documentary and Midnight in Paris was wonderful and has remained in some theaters since it was released six months ago.

  11. Oldest Trad | December 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm |


    Let’s not forget that it’s thanks to the innernashunal joowish conspiracy that we can still dress like gentlemen, or did you think that the Baruch Brothers, Jacobi Press, and Ralph Lifshitz were goyz?

  12. Michael Mattis | December 3, 2011 at 8:00 am |

    “Midnight in Paris” was indeed a great film.

  13. I can’t believe my irony wasn’t readily apparent and was actually called into question there fellas.

  14. Matthew chapter 7 verse 1 – used as a retort supra. is stupid nonsense, devoid of context and meaning. By the reasoning implied, we should immediately disband the judicial system. We are not required to withold judgment; we are required not be hypocrites. I’m pretty confident I can avoid banging my wife’s 18 year old daughter so, the risk of hypocrisy is minimal.

  15. @Sir: This is a style blog. And let’s try not to get ad hominem so fast, OK?

  16. Though I don’t agree with his exact phrasing, Sir is right re: Matt. 7:1.

    Matt. 7:1, it is often used by judgmental non-Christians, trying to silence them. However, it doesn’t mean what most people think it does. It is an admonition against hypocrisy–something that the people who quote it are often guilty of.

    More importantly, Christians are most certainly supposed to judge whether or not certain behavior, etc. is acceptable (Philippians 1:9,10; Matthew 7:15; Hebrews 5:14; 1 Corinthians 2:15, 10:15; etc.).

    Here are the thoughts of Woody Allen & Mia Farrow’s biological son, Ronan, regarding Allen’s relationship with Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn:

    “He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression. I cannot see him. I cannot have a relationship with my father and be morally consistent… I lived with all these adopted children, so they are my family. To say Soon-Yi was not my sister is an insult to all adopted children.” (from the Wikipedia page on Woody Allen)

    I’m with the son: Woody’s actions are unacceptable.

  17. It’s about the clothes…not the man. (Although clothes are supposed to make the man?) In any event, while his actions, at times, might be called despicable, he certainly does dress in the “Ivy” mold.

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