Post Number 666: Rosemary’s Baby, 1968

In honor of Ivy Style’s 666th post, we’re lighting the fire-and-brimstone-scented candles, putting on Berlioz’ “Witches’ Sabbath” (or maybe the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil”), and paying tribute to the 1968 movie “Rosemary’s Baby” with a hearty cry of “Hail Satan!”

In the Roman Polanski film, which is actually set a few years earlier, actor John Cassavetes plays a struggling New York stage actor who joins a Satanic cult in order to further his career. The things people will do to get ahead.

Cassavetes wears some tradly items in the movie. There’s also an elderly gent character in the film who wears a great tan duffel coat.

But we don’t recommend you check out the film for style reasons. It’s a fun watch and creepy watching Mia Farrow learn she’s given birth to the spawn of Satan, who’s named Adrian. You can be sure the kid will grow up to be well dressed. After all, the devil is a dandy. — CC

7 Comments on "Post Number 666: Rosemary’s Baby, 1968"

  1. I can’t help but wonder if those are actually Vans. Vans started in 1966, and didn’t have distribution outside of the west coast until the 70’s. Vans were originally designed for boating, adequately preppy/trad, and the slip-ons were a boating shoe. In the Sneaker Freaker article on Vans Steve Van Doren says the company his father worked for prior to Vans had a slip-on shoe, so it stands to reason there were other companies making slip-on boat shoes in the 60’s.

  2. D.B. McWeeberton | January 16, 2013 at 10:59 am |

    Nice apartment, too! With a few flaws…

  3. They looked like Vans to me when I rewatched the film last week, but one of the loonies at FNB said they’re not. Alas I already sent the DVD back. If anyone can verify, I can either keep that line or cut it.

  4. T Charles Swancocke | January 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm |

    Ahh, but you need a go-to-hell-pants reference to round out the theme.

  5. Squirrel Nut Zippers anyone?

    It’s the D and the A and the M and the N and the A and the T and the ION.
    Lose your face
    Lose your name
    Then get fitted for a two-tone flame!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uiYp8xKjLM

  6. Always amazed me what really great apartments young struggling New Yorkers lived in. And in safe and attractive neighborhoods. Guess it’s like how you can see the Eiffel Tower from every window in Paris…at least in the movies

  7. Corey
    I don’t know much about Vans, but according to Wiki they began production in March 1966 with the production of 12 custom made deck shoes. Seems their main production was mukluks for the US Air Force during the late 60s. My guess it was the government contracts in the late 1960s that led Vans to gear up for their consumer operations of the 1970s. Someone familiar with early Vans should check out the movie, plus there might be a Hollywood yachting connection since the originals were custom made. It would be interesting to learn more.

    Also, many rubber / sneaker / deck shoe companies made similar canvas shoes decades before.

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