This show falls firmly into the category of “the things I do for you people.” Except I only tried one episode and was so annoyed that I didn’t try any further. Yep, it’s that bad. Incredibly silly fantasy story with incredibly bad fantasy costumes, all vaguely very loosely hung on the very barest of a historical framework. Speaking as someone who finds Reign amusing as a soap opera, this just made me want to throw things at the TV. Does it get better? I don’t care! And now, with this third season available online as of October 24, 2015, Da Vinci’s Demons is leaving TV and good riddance. Maybe we’ll revisit during Snark Week. Until then, here is all you need to know…
1. Leonardo da Vinci is searching for the Book of Leaves so he can see into the future or something. This is the BS fantasy part of the story that doesn’t really matter, so I didn’t pay much attention.
They’re not even trying with the costumes here.
At least Leonardo’s sidekick Nico has balls.
Is that the Iron Throne? Nope, if it were, then we’d get costumes that at least made sense for each character.
2. Leonardo wears mostly leather jackets and pants. He’s not unattractive in them, I’ll say that much. This is just another part of the BS fantasy, I guess, like most of the costuming.
Carefully designed to resemble a historical figure from 15th-century Florence not one bit.
The red silk shirt adds a jaunty touch tho’. Makes me wonder, is the International Male catalog still around?
Leo must have a full array of leather jackets for every occasion & in every color.
3. The two main women — Lucrezia Donati, a sort-of love interest, and Clarice Orsini, a sort-of antagonist — wear ridiculous dresses that would fit right in at a fantasy-steampunk ball or Society for Creative Anachronism event. Or occasionally, a prom (I mean, a legit prom, not a haute couture prom like Reign; btw, I’d rather look at Alexander McQueen gowns than this junk).
The sad thing here is that the guy to the right of Lucrezia is wearing a decently 15th-c. Florentine costume (down to a pretty historical pouch). While she’s dressed like a drag queen who hasn’t yet done her makeup.
The only good thing I can say about this is that I don’t see obvious metal grommets (tho’ I think they used painted-orange metal eyelets, which are essentially the same thing).
This, I actually like. It’s fabulous, & there’s an excuse for it, because Lucrezia is dressed for a carnevale ball. Not that it’s anything even remotely close to what was worn during the period to masked balls, of course.
Off-the-rack medieval-oid fantasy gown. Inaccurate AND boring.
This yellow gown on Clarice offends me. It’s like they’re going out of their way to screw up historical shapes.
Off the shoulders??? HULK SMASH!!!
Bought at David’s Bridal. Also, what is this show’s deal with sticking necklaces on all the women’s heads?
It’s a promo shot, so I’ll give them the zebra-print chaise. But what the hell does this embroidered caftan & head-necklace have to do with 15th-c. Florentine fashion?
The most historical gown Clarice wears (tho’ it’s more 16th-c. than 15th), but it doesn’t fit. *headdesk*
4. There’s a lot of sex and nudity, which, fine OK, premium cable, I get it, I watch Game of Thrones, I’m far from being a prude. But I can’t tell if Da Vinci’s Demons uses sex/nudity to advance the plot or as an excuse for skimpy costuming. Because look at this crap.
Da Vinci & pals travel to the New World & get waylaid by sexy Inca girls. Uh-huh.
5. Open shirts and doublets, no smocks/chemises worn under gowns, unstyled hair, weird fabric choices — you know the drill. Obviously, they aren’t really trying for historically accurate costuming here, and the costuming isn’t particularly good at world-building or defining the characters either. I can’t tell that there’s a specific creative vision holding this mess together. Hell, I don’t find the costumes especially pretty or visually interesting most of the time.
I guess Girolamo Riario is supposed to be a baddie, so that’s why he gets totally modern pointed collars slapped onto his cloak.
Giuliano Medici wears a Versace shirt — because that’s Italian & designer, so it’s accurate. *eyeroll*
Barn door’s open, dudes.
Where do we start? With the crop-top bodice? The slash pockets? The sleeveless smock? Or should we just be grateful for the lack of big honkin’ metal grommets?
In what world does Lorenzo the Magnificent wear panne velvet? Oh right.
So good-bye, Da Vinci’s Demons. I’m not sorry I didn’t get to know you better.