Hungarian Roma designer fights stereotypes with fashion

Hungarian Roma fashion designer and founder of ‘Romani Design’ Erika Varga looks at her creations at her workshop on March 6, 2019 in Budapest. (AFP/Attila Kisbenedek) Hungarian Roma fashion designer Erika Varga says her label is about stitching together cultural traditions and snipping through stereotypes as much as it’s about dressmaking. “Fashion is a branch of art that interests and connects people, non-Roma and Roma,” the founder of Romani Design said. Often blamed for petty crime, the Roma, Hungary’s largest ethnic minority, face widespread discrimination, poverty and exclusion from mainstream…

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