Sondra Celli understands a gypsy's fashion priorities.
"Whoever has the most rhinestones wins."
"We need to make a train that goes forever."
"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that BLING!"
"It is absolutely going to be loaded and loaded and loaded with crystals."
These are just a few of the phrases to pass the lips of America's No. 1 gypsy dressmaker. Headquartered in Boston, Sondra's studio welcomes colorful clientele. She doesn't bat an eye when getting a phone call from a gypsy bride who needs the biggest, boldest, best dress ... in just five days. What prepares a designer to work at lightning speed and with such originality? Sondra graduated from NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology and studied in Denmark, England, France, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland under the Scholastic International Program. Her award-winning work has been seen in publications such as Harpers Bazaar, New York Magazine and Vogue.
Do gypsies read Vogue? That's irrelevant to Sondra, who knows instinctively what her clients want when they place that all-important call. A gypsy girl who wants to "blind" teenage boys gets a pair of knee-high boots covered with 43,000 pink rhinestones and pink hot pants with hearts on the back pockets. A bride whose wedding theme is Winter Wonderland is given the snow queen treatment with fur, iridescent crystals and LED lights.
Sondra delivers because she's been a part of the gypsy culture for years. She understands how important a baptism or a communion is to the parents and that from the very first day a little girl is born, she is on display. That's why Sondra makes those precious bling-tastic baby gowns with matching booties and blankets and those sparkling, poofy dresses full of bling! And those dazzling wedding gowns? Sondra makes each one unique and better than the rest, because she knows that after the wedding day, the bride settles down to a lifetime of child-bearing and cleaning.
See Sondra's designs and hear her always accurate, often humorous gypsy commentary in My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, Sundays @ 10/9c.