Bohemian Gypsy Culture
A look into the Bohemian Gypsy culture in the context of fashion, through my photos I’ll explore how this culture informed a movement of “self-Identity” focused fashion.
I’ll be situating this culture into it’s inspiration on festival fashion to put it in a contemporary context.
History of the Gypsy
Nomads from North India, migrated into Europe mistakenly called “Gypsies” as thought to be from Egypt. They were constant travelers going from place to place not identifying with any region.
History of the Bohemian
Bohemian was used to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians, and actors in major European cities. There were associated with unorthodox or anti-establishment political or social viewpoints, which often were expressed through free love, frugality, and—in some cases—voluntary poverty.
Bohemians took their name from the Romani Gypsies who traveled through western Europe through Bohemia (Czech Republic.) . The gypsy lifestyle was perceived as a romantic lifestyle of un-rooted wandering.
Difference by Hippy & Bohemian
Gypsy fashion was still strongly rooted on aesthetic looks while hippie allowed for more of a unisex look which did not have precedents on looks.
“The artist himself (or herself) was a piece of art.”
The shoot focuses on the identity of our model, she’s a musician and has travelled place to place most of her life. Each place adding influence onto her look as she gathers materials throughout her journeys, through the shoots she starts to question her identity from the influence of the modern culture.