Think there are no gypsies in the U.S.? Well you’re wrong. It is estimated that one million gypsies live in America. They live all over the country but primarily live in Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina and West Virginia. Most live in secrecy to hide from the plague of discrimination. While much of their life doesn’t seem too far out of the ordinary; they have jobs, you may know one without realizing it, there are some stark differences. If you watched TLC’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, these things won’t necessarily surprise you, like the fact that girls go out at 14 looking for a husband, the thousands spent for the skimpiest and most blinged out dresses for their weddings, child’s communion and other celebrations. Yet with the traditional values that the gypsies hold dear, like a woman’s place being in the home and not expected to work, there is this weird dichotomy between a young girl dressing like Shakira while maintaining these strict traditional gypsy values that is even more fascinating and puzzling than the clothing itself.
And, like Thelma Madine, the dressmaker for the gypsies in Great Britain, Boston dressmaker Sondra Celli will appear throughout the series making elaborate gowns that are a trademark of gypsy tradition. Ah, I can’t wait!