Neon wedding gowns and blinged-out strollers: Fashion designer from My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding gets her own TLC spin-off
22:59 GMT, 28 August 2012
She made a name for herself as the mastermind behind the larger than life gowns showcased on My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.
And now Boston-based designer, Sondra Celli is stepping into the spotlight with her very own reality series.
'Bling It On', which premieres September 20, follows Ms Celli as she faces some of her most difficult clients yet, including a Vegas bride who demands a startling neon ensemble and a drag queen diva who is looking for something fabulously flamboyant.
Sondra Celli has been handcrafting gowns for decades and says she is often shocked by some of the bizarre requests she receives
Viewers of the three-part series are invited inside her redbrick studio, where a team of seamstresses work around the clock to prepare all of the elaborate garments.
The designer, who has been creating
wedding gowns for America's traveling communities for 33-years,
previously told MailOnline that some days she just 'sits there, shaking
her head' as the bizarre requests roll in.
the US series, which was adapted from the British one titled My Big
Fat Gypsy Wedding, debuted on April 29 Ms Celli has been inundated with
requests and was astonished when she received '300 emails in two weekends… so many more
Behind the scenes: Ms Celli's team work around the clock creating garments for customers
A drag queen diva ruffles feathers (left), while another customer showcases a brilliant white ensemble
Both gypsy fans of the show and non-gypsy fans have reached out to her and requested similar designs to many of the ones featured on the reality series.
One of those designs include the frothy Barbie pink gown worn by 14-year-old Priscilla in an episode, which had been valued at around $10,000.
'People also want her rhinestone boots,' the designer says. 'But her gown is popular. It was packed with crystals and piped in neon pink because she loves Barbie pink.'
Hot to trot: Ms Celli's creations for the dance floor (left) and a fancy seventh birthday dress (right)
Princess: Ms Celli designed the above frock, worn by 14-year-old Priscilla
She added that many customers are
especially savvy, sending in ideas from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, asking
'can you change this, can you involve that'
the majority of Ms Celli's customers love bright colours, prompting her
to keep the most popular shades in stock at all times.
'I stock so much colour,' she added. 'Neons are really big this year, lime and highlighter yellow and that kind of thing.'
Bling It On premieres Thursday, September 20 on TLC