We interrupt your regularly scheduled Man Candy Monday to bring you coverage of The Law According to Lidia Poët (2023), the Italian courtroom/murder mystery/frock flick that has recently dropped on Netflix. Set in Turin in 1883, the show is based loosely on the early career of Italian lawyer, Lidia Poët (played by Matilda De Angelis). The show is largely fictionalized, as far as I can tell (not being super well-versed in 19th-century Italian murder cases), but the events surrounding Lidia’s notoriety as Italy’s first female practicing lawyer, as well as her subsequent disbarment and resulting career as a legal aid to her brother, hold true to historical fact.
Not surprisingly, costumer Stefano Ciammitti was a pupil of legendary Italian costumer Piero Tosi, and Tosi’s influence is absolutely evident in these designs which are so yummy, I’m having a hard time not wanting to pull out every yard of silk satin and velvet I have and roll around in them just to deal with the cravings.
What has always fascinated me about an unattainable genius like Alexander McQueen is his love and his reinterpretation of certain historical periods, always in a surprisingly original and cultured way. In my opinion, this is what even a costume designer should try to do: not settle for faithfully reproduce. What I learned from Tosi, who was also one of the first and greatest philologists of costume, is that one can never be completely philological, and what really counts is the inspiration and artistic sensibility of those who reinterprets.
Stefano Ciammitti, Vogue Italia.
I’m only halfway through the series right now (subtitles make it really hard to enjoy the costume content, so I’m having to go back and watch everything at least twice) but I am really pleased with the show as a whole, and the costumes in particular. Hopefully it gets picked up for a second season!
Have you seen The Law According to Lidia Poët (2023)? Share you thoughts in the comments!
I’ve only watched the first episode but I want every single outfit that she wore in that one. The costumes are absolutely stunning and I love the insect brooches.
Ooh, stripey goodness! But where are the bustles? :)
There’s a fanfiction idea right there, “The Question of the Missing Bustles.”
Sounds like a Nancy Drew Mystery! :)
I enjoyed the costumes but I’d like to know why Lidia has black dots at the outer corners of her eyes? I didn’t see them on anyone else. I loved the jewelry!!
Is it conceivably possible that the insect brooches are a shout-out to Madeleine Albright and Baroness Hale, the recently-retired President of the Supreme Court of the UK, who so famous for her creepy-crawly brooches? A nod from one pioneering female lawyer to another?
I like this idea. I was in England in September 2019, and so got to watch Baroness Hale giving calm and erudite hell to BoZo Johnson, watched over by an elegant spider brooch on her frock’s shoulder: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jul/07/lady-hale-on-her-brexit-brooch-you-can-do-a-lot-with-a-spider
It’s an amusing idea and very well could be a reference, but there was also a good amount of insect-themed jewelry in the 1880s, including a very brief fad for live iridescent beetles worn as “living jewelry.”
That dragonfly brooch shown in one framecap looks pretty accurate for the period, and actual pieces aren’t hard to find.
I too want her wardrobe. I’m on episode 4
I’ve watched the whole thing… and adored the clothing. I really liked that she re-wears her outfits and her hats in different episodes, like a ‘normal’ [albeit quite a wealthy] person.
I hope there’s a second season as well.
Halfway through this show and I agree with everything above! I was also so impressed by the menswear (Proper detachable collars! Not every hat is a bargain bin top hat!) and the fact that grown women not only wear their hair up, but wear it in period appropriate updos with combs. If I had to nitpick, I’d say that the costumes read much more 1893 than 1883 from the skirt and sleeve shapes and the menswear-inspired styles, and that characters occasionally wear fabulous and intricate pieces that are obviously vintage…but equally obviously from ca. 1900-1910.
My only complaint: Where’s all the Bustles! This is the Middle of the 2nd Bustle era! The costumes read 1890s!
I was so pleased to see the women wearing their hair UP most of the time!