How to Dress as a Gypsy

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A gypsy costume uses bright colors and multiple layers to get a distinct look. Discover how to create a great gypsy outfit with the help of a costume professional in this free video.

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My name is Carol Hughes. I've owned Custom Costumes of Rochester for 25 years now. Today I'm going to demonstrate some basics of costuming to you. How to dress like a gypsy, the one shown here has a pair of pants and then it has a skirt over it. Both of these you can knot to whatever length you want. Otherwise, you can take a full skirt, usually a gaily colored skirt. You can add a shawl or a coin belt around the hips. The scarf for the bodice you can use as a rectangle and tie it around the neck and tie it around the waist or you can fold it catty corner like a triangle and you'll bring it up from around the waist and around the neck in a halter style and tie that way. You have to be a smaller person to do that. The bodice can be short or long. Then we have this gorgeous shawl that you can just wrap around your shoulders or drape over your head. It's very ornate with sequins and embroidery. You would probably want a curly black wig to go with it and a scarf around the head in a gypsy style or even a pirate, you might call it, a pirate style. And that is how you dress like a gypsy.

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