Dressing Satan's baby mama

One of my all time favourite films is Rosemary's Baby. Even going through a pregnancy of my own has not put me off this chilling, smart, and at times uncomfortably hilarious film. I find it mostly terrifying because of the extrovert neighbours, who burrow into Rosemary and Guy's lives the minute they move in. But the sense of dread and the lack of control Rosemary has over her own life and her own body are as effective today as they must have been back in 1968 when the film was first released. Mia Farrow is the perfect child wife, vulnerable, scared, and embodying an idea of middle America where people still did as they were told and yearned to be nice, polite, and accommodating.

The costumes re-enforce this image with peter pan collars, baby doll dresses, white tights and eventually, Farrow's pixie cut. These costumes are contrasted in places by Farrow's partially nudity and with the outfit that she wears the night she and her husband are meant to try for a baby. She wears a monochromatic red ensemble with a v-neck, moderately suggestive of the body hidden inside, and strikingly at odds with the prim outfits she normally wears (though the outfit is paired with some mary janes, lest she appear too sexually mature).

Now, I'm not trying to be a film critic, I'm sure many people have written far more insightfully about this film than I. I am just giving a rather long winded introduction to an illustrator I just discovered - Julia Bereciartu. My favourite of her prints is a drawing from a well known still from the film - when Rosemary has received a mysterious necklace filled with tannis root from her neighbours, once they discover she is pregnant. The root smells, the necklace isn't to her taste, and initially she shoves it into a drawer. But gradually, as the old couple's influence grows over Rosemary, she does begin to wear the necklace every day. The print focuses on Rosemary's beauty and sweetness, and you could almost forget the fact that its a horror film that's being depicted.

Bereciartu has other film drawings including Belle de Jour and Cleopatra, as well as what appear to be little fashion case studies - a bookish girl, a pile of bretton tops, and a hilarious examination of the top knot. Her art can be purchased as prints or on various items such as t-shirts, iphone cases and pillows.

Her work can be purchased from Society6. She also does commissions through her own website.

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