Gypsy dressmaker Sondra Celli has heard -- and seen -- everything. When gypsies need a party dress or bridal gown, they call Sondra. Every gypsy wants the biggest, most beautiful dress. She wants to be prettier than every bride that came before her and every bride that will come after her. Sondra manages to accommodate by making each dress distinctive and incorporating details that speak to each bride's personality. Gypsy wild child Mellie Stanley got a hot pink gown trimmed in cheetah print. Young singer Jackie D wanted to light up the room on her birthday, so Sondra built her a pair of angel wings that literally illuminated with battery-powered lights.
There's no real secret to gypsy dressmaking. Put simply, "Whoever has the most rhinestones wins," Sondra says. But how expensive are these gowns? How long does it take to make them? And how much do they weigh?
Sondra answers your burning questions about gypsy dresses in this exclusive interview. Read on for more from the queen of bling herself!