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The Italian Mafia aesthetic is based off of the Italian organized crime families that became prevalent in the 19th century. The word 'mafia' in Italian loosely translates to "swagger" or "boldness". Also called the Sicilian Mafia, or just the Mafia, the Italian Mafia was famous for its high class fashion and lifestyle, often indulging in expensive homes and imported goods. This aspect of the criminal organization has been idolized and fetishized over time by everyday people. The Mafia was most notably and infamously known for its use of violence and organized crime to obtain money and notoriety. They have also been known for heavy drug and alcohol use, often partaking in drug trafficking. Crime cases that involved Mafia members were of high popularity at the time of occurrence, making the members and bosses notable historical figures. Other Mafia families have popped up in places across the world, including the USA.

Current day adoption of the Italian Mafia aesthetic focuses on the expensive look and risk of danger. This topic is written into many fictional novels and fanfictions where authors and readers may use it as an escape into a more exciting life. A common name/term for the subject is "mafia princess" in which the main character is swooped away into or is involved in the Mafia and treated like royalty. Care should be taken when portraying this aesthetic to prevent supporting or romanticizing the Italian Mafia, as it was a dangerous criminal organization associated with terrorism and drugs, and it was used to stereotype Italian immigrants as being criminals.[1] Similar fashion inspiration can be taken from the Boujee aesthetic as a replacement.

Visual[]

  • Dark, shadowy alleys and streets
  • Men in tailored suits, fedoras, and sleek sunglasses
  • Women in glamorous, form-fitting dresses and high heels
  • Old school cars like classic Cadillacs and Lincolns
  • Cigar smoke-filled rooms with dim lighting
  • Luxury mansions and extravagant parties
  • Weaponry like tommy guns, brass knuckles, and flick knives
  • Confident, intimidating demeanor of the mobsters
  • Artistic black and white photography with high contrast lighting
  • Symbolic iconography like black roses or ace of spades.
  • Dark alleyway with dimly lit street lamps
  • Sleek, luxury cars parked outside upscale Italian restaurants
  • Men in tailored suits and fedoras, smoking cigars
  • Graffiti-covered buildings with looming shadows
  • Hidden underground clubs with red velvet curtains and seedy deals taking place
  • Women in elegant silk dresses and diamonds, oozing confidence and power
  • Cannoli and espresso on a checkered tablecloth at a rustic Italian café
  • Bulky bodyguards with earpieces standing watch outside a mansion
  • Intricate gold jewelry and wads of cash changing hands in secret meetings
  • A view of the Italian countryside with rolling hills and vineyards, juxtaposed with a mafia hideout tucked away in the hills
  • A dimly lit underground casino with men in tailored suits playing poker
  • A group of mafia members gathering at a secluded mansion, smoking cigars and discussing business
  • A sleek black car with tinted windows pulling up to a high-end restaurant, with the driver looking around for any potential threats
  • A mafia boss surrounded by loyal bodyguards, exuding power and control
  • A dark alleyway with graffiti-covered walls, where shady deals go down under the cover of night
  • A waterfront warehouse with crates of contraband goods being loaded and unloaded by mafia associates
  • A smoky bar with low lighting and jazz music playing, where mafia members meet to discuss their next move
  • A scene of violence, with guns being drawn and tensions rising between rival mafia families
  • A glamorous mafia wife dressed in designer clothes and dripping with diamonds, standing by her husband's side at a formal event
  • A candlelit dinner at a hidden Italian restaurant, where mafia members gather to celebrate a successful operation.
  • Dark, smoky back rooms with men in stylish suits and fedoras gathered around a table discussing business
  • Luxury cars, such as classic Alfa Romeos or sleek Ferraris, parked outside upscale restaurants or clubs
  • Expensive designer clothing, such as tailored suits and leather shoes, worn by members of the mafia
  • Opulent mansions with high walls and security systems, where mafia bosses reside
  • Vintage pistols and tommy guns displayed in glass cases as a sign of power and intimidation
  • Young men in leather jackets and slicked-back hair, acting as enforcers for the mafia bosses
  • Rich Italian cuisine being enjoyed at lavish dinners, accompanied by fine wine and cigars
  • Tattoos of crosses, skulls, and other symbols associated with the mafia culture, visible on the skin of members
  • Lush landscapes of vineyards and olive groves, depicting the mafia's influence in rural areas
  • Traditional Italian music playing in the background, adding to the ambiance of the mafia lifestyle.

Fashion[]

Fashion for the Italian Mafia aesthetic, as written in fiction and popularized online, has been highly focused on both the glitz and glam of living the high life and the slicked, preparedness for getting into trouble. There is a distinct crossover with Boujee fashion as well as Femme Fatale, Playboy, and Scrapper. This utilizes the sexy, alluring details of high fashion and class as well as the seedy underbelly of running with criminals and doing the dirty work. Significant details of both of these factions may include:

  • Cocktail dresses
    • Both short and long, mostly form fitting
  • Stiletto heels
  • Updos, buns, and ponytails
  • Gloves
  • Duster coats
  • Fur coats
  • Tall boots
  • Fitted slacks
  • Lingerie as tops
  • Leather jackets
  • Tight fitting jeans
  • Suits and tuxedos
  • Button up shirts
  • Fedoras
  • Gun holsters
  • Pea coats
  • Signet rings
  • Gold cross necklaces
  • Gold chains
  • Diamonds and precious gems
  • Duffel bags and brief cases

Media[]

Movies and TV[]

  • Little Caesar (1931)
  • Scarface (1932)
  • Al Capone (1959)
  • The Godfather (1972)
  • Mean Streets (1973)
  • The Godfather Part 2 (1974)
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
  • Prizzi's Honor (1985)
  • The Godfather Part 3 (1990)
  • Goodfellas (1990)
  • Bugsy (1991)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Mobsters (1991)
  • A Bronx Tale (1993)
  • Casino (1995)
  • Hoodlum (1997)
  • Lansky (1999)
  • Gomorrah (2008)
  • The Irishman (2019)
  • Star Trek: TOS- A Piece of the Action (episode 217)
  • The Sopranos
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (1995, manga - 2018, anime)

Video Games[]

  • Mafia Trilogy
  • Max Payne trilogy
  • Grand Theft Auto III (2001)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005)
  • LA Noir (2011)
  • Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006)
  • The Godfather (2006)
  • Made Man (2006)

Music[]

Genres[]

  • Big Band
  • Classical music
  • Opera
  • Jazz or Jazz fusion
  • Blues or blues rock

Artists[]

  • Dean Martin
  • Jerry Lewis
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Joey Bishop
  • Bing Crosby
  • The Rat Pack
  • Louis Prima
  • Tony Bennett
  • Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Big Joe Williams
  • Big Joe Turner

Playlists[]

Gallery[]

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