MUM­BAI’S MAD HAT­TER

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Who is Lit­tle Shilpa? Well, she is not so lit­tle. She’s 38, Lady Gaga’s head­gear muse and she has jaded cou­turi­ers of Europe drool­ing over her ec­cen­tric and en­chant­ing hats. Then why “Lit­tle”? She is pe­tite and she be­gan small, as Shilpa Cha­van, daugh­ter of a traf­fic of­fi­cer in Mum­bai. Talent took her places, in­clud­ing work un­der Bri­tish milliner Philip Treacy. Her USP? The abil­ity to sur­prise: From crys­tals (Gaga had 950 of Swarovski’s best in her fa­mous hel­met) to plas­tic bot­tles, avi­a­tor glasses, rub­ber chap­pals, origami and mil­i­tary medals. She be­came the hottest ticket at the re­cently-held Paris Fash­ion Week with her ode to mid­night crea­tures, the Ves­per Bloom collection.

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