Amethyst stones, dark flowing clothing, coloured chalk hair and reflective John Lennon sunglasses are hitting the street big time. This gypsy trend is rapidly growing from a selective group style to a major consumable fashion statement amongst the mainstream audience. No longer is this voodoo, grungy style a staple for only a selected dedicated group, but now an aesthetic sought out trend by young women.
The gypsy culture extends back a thousand years in which they gypsies became an extension of the Romany’s. They were the masters of impersonators, fooling the Spanish royalty in order to secretly steal their fortunes and jewels. Today many Gypsies are still seen as somewhat untrustworthy. Their characteristics and personal habits reflect in their fashion style. Lavish adornments of beautifully designed silver and gold jewellery and the textural, layered designed clothing has become the disguise for the gypsy group, making them intriguing to most outsiders.
This intrigue is more likely to be the purpose of the returned trend today, rather than the disguise for manipulation and stealing. Another would be the huge popularity in outdoor music festivals such as Splendour in the Grass and Big Day out, which attract the freedom, peace and love of many subcultures with their carefree attitude and love for music and expression.
In 2012, New York Times author Ruth La Ferla, quotes in the article “Joining the Gypsy Caravan”, from Vogue editor Ms. Burke, that the trend of Gypsy wear is “ more reflective in its current incarnation of a mood or attitude” rather than the lifestyle of the Gypsies. The laid back, easily styled and aesthetic trend of clothing and accessories is attainable and popular amongst young street stylists. This trend tends to be on and off again, as do most popular trends, but for the moment it seems to be staying in keep with its hugely widespread popularity.
- La Ferla, 2012, “Join the Gypsy Caravan”, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/12/fashion/joining-the-caravan-the-gypsy-aesthetic-gains-in-popularity-on-runways-and-streets.html
- Berry, 2014, Lecture Week 5 Street Style and Subcultures, 2432QCA Contemporary Fashion, Griffith University, College of Art, https://bblearn.griffith.edu.au/bbcswebdav/pid-1010412-dt-content-rid-2625166_1/courses/2432QCA_3145_SB/Course%20Content/Week%205%20Street%20Style%20%26%20Subcultures/fashion%205%20street%20style%20lecture.pdf
- N.A., copyright 2014,“What is a “Gypsy” exactly, and where do they come from?”, Gypsy Psychic/ Spiritualist Scam, http://www.gypsypsychicscams.com/faq/4-what-is-a-gypsy-exactly-and-where-do-they-come-from/