Roma Representation & the Fashion Industry

Actions and Detail Panel


Event Information

Share this event

Date and time



Online event

Event description
From the runways to the fashion ads, brands portray romantic, carefree images of a "Gypsy" lifestyel. What does this mean for Roma?

About this event

From the runways to the fashion ads, brands invoke “Gypsy style” to conjure images of a romantic, carefree lifestyle. Do these images perpetuate stereotypes of Roma? Who profits from these portrayals? Join us for a conversation with fashion journalist Alden Wicker, who has written about this topic in Vogue, with perspectives on Roma women’s contributions to the fashion world from Émilie Herbert Pontonnier.


Alden Wicker | Sustainable Fashion Journalist & Founder of

Émilie Herbert-Pontonnier | Researcher, Writer & Founder of Romani Herstory Digital Archive

Naomi Negrón | Co-Founder of The Dikhlo Collective


Alden Wicker is a sustainable fashion journalist and expert from New York City who writes about how the fashion industry impacts the environment and people. She is the founder of and has contributed to publications like The New York Times, Wired, Vox, and Vogue. She's working on a book about the toxic chemicals used on fashion and how they're making us sick.

Dr Émilie Herbert-Pontonnier is an independent researcher and writer of mixed French, Belgian and Manouche origins. She was trained in Film-making at Kingston University London (UK) and, in 2019, gained a PhD in Media, Culture and Communication at the University of Liège (Belgium). She is the author of several policy reports on gender equality and cultural diversity in the media, and her articles for international magazines like JFA: Justice For All, Axelle Magazine and Feminist Realities explore the relationship between Romani history, culture and politics. Émilie Herbert-Pontonnier is also the founder of the Romani Herstory digital archive, a platform that aims to bring visibility to women of Romani descent from the past and present, unsung heroines and trailblazers who refuse to conform to stereotypes.

Share with friends

Date and time


Online event

{ _('Organizer Image')}

Organizer The Roma Peoples Project at Columbia University

Organizer of Roma Representation & the Fashion Industry

The Roma Peoples Project at Columbia University is a platform for Roma and their allies to share knowledge and stories, to understand the Roma peoples in a global context, to develop kinship with other marginalized and stigmatized groups, and to reflect on Roma experiences of survival and resilience.

Save This Event

Event Saved