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Suburræterna: power shifts through the look

Angelica, Nadia, Alberto, Cinaglia. Every aspect of their appearance has a very deep meaning.


8 episodes that keep the viewer glued to the screen. The new Netflix series, a sequel to Suburra, would have been a blockbuster if its key performance indicator (KPI) was box office success.

The characters evolve (those who remain alive), and with them, so does their look. It is evident throughout all the seasons how the clothing exactly reflects the journey of each character in the series and in the history of Rome. The more power they acquire, the more refined their look becomes. As the need to confront shootings increases, outfits over time become more comfortable for everyone.

The mastermind behind this work is Marina Roberti, a costume designer who has been working on Suburra since the second season. Three years ago, she told GQ: "The intention from the beginning was to create iconic characters. From the look to the colors, even the choice of hairstyles: everything was designed to bring to life very defined characters".

For this reason, the audience's affection is very high. Everyone has their favorite character to root for. Going into more detail, here's a brief iconographic analysis of the protagonists of Suburræterna.

The most iconic look: Nadia Gravone

Nadia's look is undoubtedly the most iconic of the entire sequel. Why? It's simple: she is the female version of Aureliano Adami. The authors' intention is to celebrate, through the character played by Federica Sabatini, the undisputed protagonist of the series.

When someone significant dies, their name and surname are written on the walls accompanied by the word 'lives.'

In this case, the authors have succeeded in keeping Aureliano alive through Nadia.

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The look of emancipation: Angelica Sale

Suburræterna is the season of the series where female emancipation is most strongly felt. Angelica has always represented an anachronistic way of being a woman, probably due to the cultural context in which her character lives.

Carlotta Antonelli has succeeded in emancipating Angelica, who, realizing her freedom, decides to break with the past. The first step towards a path of emancipation? Cutting her hair.

Even hairstyling can be particularly indicative of a character's status.

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The look of liberation: Alberto, Spadino

In the last season, Spadino wants to be called by his real name: Alberto. After escaping from Rome and living in Berlin for a few years, Alberto has finally had the freedom to start a homosexual relationship and pursue his passion: music.

In the German capital, the youngest son of the Anacleti family has become an important DJ. His look is completely Berlin-inspired: black and minimal.

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The wannabe look: Amedeo Cinaglia

A criminal is born, not made. Even Cinaglia's attire, the corrupt politician played by Filippo Nigro, represents that feeling of trying and never quite succeeding.

A leather jacket to appear aggressive and a shirt to seem authoritative. Indefiniteness is never a good choice.

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The revival look: Ercole Bonatesta

Ercole Bonatesta is the embodiment of social climbing, and his polished demeanor reflects it. Plenty of hair gel, anachronistic ties, and 1970s-style eyeglasses. Ercole lives in a Franco Califano song.

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The stereotype look: Giulia Luciani

Suburræterna introduces the Luciani family from Ostia, also connected to the Anacleti. Giulia, the youngest of the 3 siblings, is the caricature of the rebellious and unruly girl: half-shaved head, baggy tracksuits, and no makeup.

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Illustration by Gloria Dozio - Acrimònia Studios