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Choir Gypsies' Clothes

 
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In XIX century stage dresses of Gypsy choir singers didn’t have Gypsy national features — shawls were an exception. Men wore kazakins — knee-length coats decorated with lace and passementerie. Initially it was trim clothes of prosperous Russians. Having borrowed kazakins Russian Gypsies wore them till the end of 1930s. Some artistes tried to escape both Russian and Gypsy national details in their stage appearance though. They liked frock coats, snow-white shirts, ties and other attributes of nobility. Seeing this tendency to look like aristocrats audience could hardly conceal their irritation.

Look at the dresses on these photos — Gypsies wore them both at home and on the stage. Dancers and singers tried to copy noble women — to look like princesses and countesses so they gave concerts dressed in silk and velvet. By the end of XIX century audience got so fed up with all this snobbism that they lost interesting in Gypsy choirs. Russian people wanted to see real Gypsy artistes. As there was no other way to explain it, they started “to vote with feet”…Being left without usual profit choir singers had to make some concessions to the audience — that was the time when coin necklaces, bright frilled skirts, wide sleeves and other tabor charms came into fashion. Russka Roma took that all from Kalderash Roma’s women who had just come from Romania. We chose photos which show this reluctant change of image. But it would be fair to say that artistes became fond of their bright national dresses after some time. So the surrender turned out to be a success. Tabor style became extremely popular in restaurants and concert halls even before the Revolution.

Some time later Bolsheviks would take credit for this esthetic revolution. But we know that this exotic stage dress appeared when noblemen and merchants “pressed on choirs with money”.

Russian Gypsies' choir, stage costume

Gypsy woman with a guitar

Gypsy woman with a guitar

Gypsy woman

Gypsy woman

  Russian Gypsies' choir, stage costume

Gypsy man with a guitar

Gypsy man with a guitar

Russian Gypsies' choir, stage costume

Russian Gypsies' choir, stage costume

Gypsy woman

Russian Gypsies' choir, stage costume 

Gypsy man with a guitar

Russian Gypsies' choir, stage costume

Gypsy woman

Gypsy woman

Russian Gypsies' choir, stage costume

Gypsy woman in a folk costume

Russian Gypsies' choir, stage costume

 

 

 

 

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