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LF: Indian Clothing Rentals in TO?

shylock_one

TRIBE Member
Anybody know of a place where I could rent Indian clothes in Toronto? I'm going to a friend's wedding next week and wouldn't mind showing up in some traditional garbs to get my lightbulb-doorknob groove on.

I tried Little Indian, but all the stores I spoke with only do sales not rentals.

Any help would be much appreciated.
 
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kuba

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there is a costume rental place on mt pleasant and davisville

not sure of the name, i think it's sugar's?

anyways- toronto.com it
 

Gfunkdiva

TRIBE Member
Support the merchants and buy yourself something. Stuff in Little India isn't that expensive and will probably cost about as much as a costume rental.

Also, tread carefully: wearing traditional garb as a 'costume' might be a tad offensive to those in attendance.
 
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the gatekeeper

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Gfunkdiva said:
Support the merchants and buy yourself something. Stuff in Little India isn't that expensive and will probably cost about as much as a costume rental.

Also, tread carefully: wearing traditional garb as a 'costume' might be a tad offensive to those in attendance.

Good points-you could probably find something to buy that's of equivalent cost.
 

shylock_one

TRIBE Member
Gfunkdiva said:
Also, tread carefully: wearing traditional garb as a 'costume' might be a tad offensive to those in attendance.

Thanks - I thought about whether it would be a good idea or not. In the end I asked my buddy and he gave me the go ahead.
 

Panday

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just buy a cheap sari! :)

after haggling on Gerrard St., they'll pretty much give one to you for a bag of peanuts and a pat on the back.
 
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vinder

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if you know where to go on gerrard, and take a brown person with you, you can prolly buy something for cheaper than any costume place.
 

deep

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Gfunkdiva said:
Support the merchants and buy yourself something. Stuff in Little India isn't that expensive and will probably cost about as much as a costume rental.

Also, tread carefully: wearing traditional garb as a 'costume' might be a tad offensive to those in attendance.

I don't think Indians would be offended if a non-Indian came to an Indian wedding wearing Indian attire. Historically they find it a respectful gesture. Or maybe your comment is more about the attitude that someone wears clothes with rather than the fact they are wearing them.
 

Gfunkdiva

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^^ Exactly. I wore a salwar kameez to my wedding a few years ago and have been known to sport a fabulous sari out of respect and love for the culture, its fashion and traditions. No problem there.

But when one wears it as a 'costume' (i.e a gag, or caricature of said culture - see lightbulb/doorknob comment above) then it's less about emulating the culture and more about making fun of it.
 

deep

TRIBE Member
Gfunkdiva said:
^^ Exactly. I wore a salwar kameez to my wedding a few years ago and have been known to sport a fabulous sari out of respect and love for the culture, its fashion and traditions. No problem there.

props :) Was recently reminded just how elegant women can look in the above.

I can't comment for all, but my experience has been that Bengalis tend to poke a good deal of fun at themselves. So a lightbulb/doorknob comment wouldn't register an insult more than it would boredom that it wasn't better material!

I think the second part of your comment is why a lot in the Indian community found the whole Bollywood Cowboy thing at Fashion Cares last year to be kind of gauche.
 
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Poot

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Gfunkdiva said:
Support the merchants and buy yourself something. Stuff in Little India isn't that expensive and will probably cost about as much as a costume rental.

Yup yup.

That is precisely what we did. :)

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edit: eek - the first one is huge - sorry. :eek: (no editing software here)
 

Gfunkdiva

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Heya Poot!! Long time no see - maybe this weekend perhaps...?

Re: Bollywood Cowboy, that's a tough one. I for one had a blast wearing a hot pink salwar kameez and a hot pink cowboy hat, and I thought the theme and outfits there were stunning. Didn't really get into the politics of it, but I can see where they are coming from.

My only beef was that JoJo Flores didn't play a NOTE of Indian music that night. So much potential... so squandered.
 

deep

TRIBE Member
Gfunkdiva said:
Heya Poot!! Long time no see - maybe this weekend perhaps...?

Re: Bollywood Cowboy, that's a tough one. I for one had a blast wearing a hot pink salwar kameez and a hot pink cowboy hat, and I thought the theme and outfits there were stunning. Didn't really get into the politics of it, but I can see where they are coming from.

Sounds like a pretty smoking combo. I don't doubt that there was probably many great personal interpretations of how the cultures mix. I think the younger generation of Indians saw it as just an expression of fashion and fun. The older generation might have perceived it as emphasizing the campier aspects of a culture to represent the culture as a whole.

Re: music...I was even recently surprised at how real bhangra and the music kids get down to in India actually grabs a dancefloor rather than make people feel like they're in a Bollywood movie. Too bad that didn't happen at the Fashion Cares event cause again that would highlight some of the substance that people may not realize exists beyond the camp.
 

shylock_one

TRIBE Member
Poot said:

Hot!

Ok, I'm convinced, I'll pick up a nice suit this weekend. Just to be clear, I really wasn't trying to pull some sort of cheap gag - didn't mean for it to come across that way.

Thanks people
 
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Rajio

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FYI most of the indian dudes at the wedding (ie those not in the immediate wedding party) will very likely come in western suits. ...any indian wedding i've been to has been like that. Generally I only see the groom and parents in indian clothes - and perhaps brothrs of bride/groom.
 

Rajio

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get some of these pimped out slippers too - the longer and curlier the toes the better. ....always a personal favorite
 
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