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!