Real Gypsy Fashion! The Gypsy Chronicles: Interview with Erika Varga of Romani Designs

I can’t tell what I love more: Varga’s beautiful fusion of traditional Romani prints, fashions, colors, and cuts and contemporary edge; her message of peace and coexistence; the shots of her models and her inspiration; or the fact that Romani fashion is blossoming into a self-defining style in popular culture (as opposed to an ill-informed appropriation). Check out The Gypsy Chronicle’s interview with Varga for some of the most beautiful words, clothes, and shots you’ll ever find. Peace, love, and fashion, Ms. Varga– you are my heroine. Kushti baxt! 

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What are the special features of Romani Design outfits?

Erika: Traditions and modernity in the first place, also functionality and flamboyant style. We use quality textiles with flower patterns and bright colours or unique techniques in sewing and decorating the clothes. We also put huge emphasis on the making process of the clothes. In addition, we design textile and silver jewels, if someone requests we use gold as well. We use the most significant Gypsy luck symbols and motifs in jewel making: lentils, clovers, horseshoes, roses, the sun and the moon.

-excerpt from Varga’s interview with The Gypsy Chronicles

 

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Quail Bell Photo Tale: “Free Spirits”

 

I don’t know how I forgot to mention this on here, but I’m very honored to be in Quail Bell’s Photo Tale “Free Spirits” as the poet and model. There are so many things that I love about Quail Bell Magazine— it’s a fantastically beautiful indie lit and art mag that ranges feminism to the surreal, and these photo tales are such A GREAT IDEA! Fashion, diversity, and poetry should always be together. And I’m especially stoked because Quail Bell let me explore my two favorite things: Romani fashion fusion and complicated identity.

This is especially dear to me because “Gypsy” fashion shows up a lot in magazines and usually trades on offensive and misguided stereotypes about the culture, and usually doesn’t acknowledge that it is a culture at all. This is an utterly depressing state of affairs. So thank you, Quail Bell, for being progressive and delightful, and for letting me be a part of something I love. 

Photo Credit: Christine Stoddard, photographer and Quail Bell Editor extraordinaireImage