Vintage Point: Picks From The ‘Lady Pow’ Pop-Up Exhibition

Betty Clifford is a Bandra resident with an enviable address – she occupies the iconic blue Peace Haven bungalow on Perry Road – and a desirable wardrobe. Some of the contents of her cupboard will be up for sale at a shopping exhibition called Lady Pow from Thursday, December 15 until Thursday, December 22 at Lifaafa studio in Bandra. The name Lady Pow is a play on the term makapao, as Goans are colloquially referred to, and the word ‘power’, said fashion consultant and freelance stylist Nikhil Dudani, who got to know of Clifford’s extensive wardrobe during a shoot at her bungalow.

“She has a very keen sense of fashion and was critical of everything I put on my models,” said Dudani. Over the course of that conversation Clifford mentioned wanting to get rid of many of her “barely worn” clothes that she had been hoarding. After Meenal Agarwal, who runs Lifaafa, approached Dudani to curate a pre-Christmas sale at her production design studio and store, Dudani, who’s now a friend of “aunty Betty’s” as she’s fondly known, hand-picked 45 items from her closet to exhibit and sell at Lady Pow.

The pop-up has “a focus on thrift and second-hand shopping, which I have always felt close to,” said Dudani. Some of Clifford’s clothes have been reimagined and altered by him. For instance, he has converted a gown into a skirt. The sale will also feature clothing and accessories from Indian brands and designers “that would appeal to a Bandra lady’s aesthetic”. These include labels such as James Ferreira, Runaway Bicycle, Shift by Nimish Shah, Raw Mango, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Bodice and Pero. On the racks will be skirt suits, pleated skirts, tennis skirts, lace shirts, pussybow blouses, cotton frocks and floral printed saris. We asked Dudani to pick his top four pieces at the sale and why he chose them:

“This blue cape dress was a floor-length gown we made into a shorter day dress.”

“The teal pleated skirt was an evening gown that I thought had seen its best years until I repurposed it to be an elasticated waist midi skirt. It would have to be my favourite piece. The blouse here is one of three that Betty Clifford bought on a whim and never used. It’s pretty great to wear with a pair of jeans.”

“I love turtlenecks and this colour makes this one so special. Teamed with this pleated tennis skirt also from aunty Betty’s wardrobe, it has got to be on the top of this list. The skirt is free-size as it comes with an elasticated waist band.”

“This organza jacket from Runaway Bicycle is free-size and great to layer over anything crochet or printed.”

Lady Pow will be held from Thursday, December 15 until Thursday, December 22 from noon to 7pm at Lifaafa, Vithal Bhavan, 11/12 Guru Nanak Road, behind Notan Heights, Bandra (West). Get directions here. Prices will range from Rs1,500 to Rs25,000. See the Facebook event page for the complete line-up of designers and labels. 

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