You've just received a note from your kid’s class-teacher that your daughter needs to dress up like a Japanese girl on World Fiesta Day. Or your son needs to turn up in class as a British Airways pilot on Air Vehicles day. You are foxed about how to get the funky costumes stitched by a tailor without paying a bomb. Fret not. In Mumbai, the heart of filmi duniya, there are plenty of dresswallas.
Whether it is Sage Valmiki you need to duplicate or an elephant with tusks, Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb or a mere champi wala, help is at hand. Just dial and find out whether the costume is available on that particular day, for hire, in the size that you want. Then make a visit to book the ensemble, after checking it out. Arrive to rent it, 24 hours from the day of wear, and then return within the following 24 hours. The prices commence at Rs 80 and vary depending upon the kind of costume you are looking for.
Maganlal Dresswalla is the oldest in the business. Rent everything you could need for a wedding from here. Favoured by the Bollywood brigade.
Chandan Dresswalla in Malad West does a neat job of customising outfits. Your kid needs to get into the feathers of a peacock? Not to worry. Chandan Dresswalla will have it all deftly sewn, the resplendent headgear with beak included.
Then there is Diamond Dresswalla in Borivli West. Run from an apartment, this costume-rental depot is stocked in every kind of dress you could be looking for—from a red rooster or a black rat to the legendary Garuda, from Disney characters to vegetable veneers in cloth. However, this place is open only after noon.
If you need exotic costumes, like that of a penguin, your best bet is Atul Dresswalla (28412856). Holed in a dusty apartment near the Times of India printing press at the Malad signal, off the Western Express Highway, this one is the least popular though. Remember to wash the costume before putting it on.
Cleanliness isn't an issue at Popin Designer, near the Kandivli West station. You can hire costumes for the bride and the groom, the pagdis for the baratis, and a plethora of fancy dress items for the kids. Thursdays closed.
Need a funky costume for a fancy-dress party? Now you know whom to call.