Pearl Academy, India’s leading private institution in design, fashion and creative businesses hosted their annual graduation event ‘Portfolio 2017’ at the Bombay Exhibition and Convention Centre in the city. The event showcased creative and design acumen of the graduating batch from the Mumbai campus. It was a culmination of several years of hard work of 107 students from various courses mentored by the faculty. The event was inaugurated by Naina Toor from Sony Entertainment, Subodh Dakwale from Indian oil and Linda Brown, President, Torrens University, Australia. The event saw a multitude of ingenious projects in the domains of design and luxury brands in an exhibition.
School of Fashion, Styling &Textiles and School of Creative Business also hosted two panel discussions with industry experts and professionals. The panel discussions underlined some very relevant subjects in fashion styling and creative business domains that will enable young design professions to design their career paths. The first panel comprising of Ms Lebana Penkar from Future Group Mr Sanjay Dash from 7 islands Strategic Business Consulting and Mr Rajiv Subramanian from Woodstock Merchandising discussed the various possibilities that creative business offers as an industry.
The second panel discussion was ‘Wave Makers: Stylist and Image Curators 2.0’, which included renowned industry spokespersons like Nisha Jhangiani – Fashion Director, Verve Magazine; designer RohitChaturvedi; Fashion Director &owner of Meher Ahmed Styling – Meher Ahmed and One of the country’s leading fashion and advertising photographers – Vishesh Verma.
With over 100 projects at display, Pearl Portfolio 2017 saw some revolutionary ideas in fashion, design and creative business. Fashion students came up with interesting ideas like a fashion line inspired by the fairy-tale and magical bright light of Aurora Borealis (The Northern Lights). This collection stood out with the colours and forms of the Borealis. Another unique creation was made from the used flowers collected from various temples from Mumbai. Some of the interesting design projects included a chapel cum retirement home to cater to the sociological and psychological needs of the senior citizens and a therapy centre for autistic kids.
Pearl Academy students also gave a grand culmination to their campaign #MumbaiByDesign which celebrated the spirit of people of Mumbai through various events such as designing aprons and dustbins for the eating joints of Mumbai, painting canvases on the theme of unsung heroes of the city. These canvasses will be gifted to KM Hospital, Mayor’s office, BEST office, Daabawalas Associations’ office and other government institutions. The students also designed special cushioned caps for the Dabbawalas. Giving the campaign a grand conclusion, the Dabbawalas, taxi and auto drivers and fisher women walked the ramp for the first of its kind fashion show.
Renowned icons of Mumbai including Designer Manish Malhotra, Adman Prahlad Kakkar, Actor Anand Tiwari and Sudhir Sharma founder and chairman INDI Design reflected on their journeys in the city of dreams. Meher Castelino,first Miss India and a proud citizen of Mumbai moderated the discussion.
Speaking at the event, noted fashion designer Mr. Manish Malhotra said, “I am amazed to see the creativity of the students.It is wonderful to find so much talent under one roof. I congratulate the graduating students and also appreciate Pearl Academy for their unique initiative #MumbaiByDesign. I hope that they will make a difference not just to the fields that they work in but also by taking initiatives that will take them to newer heights in their careers”.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Nandita Abraham, CEO Pearl Academy, said “This is our second portfolio in Mumbai and I congratulate the graduating class as they embark on their new journeys. With now over two decades of nurturing young professionals, our students have created a niche for themselves in the creative domains. We are really proud of all our students who graduate today and we are sure that they will create a name for themselves in the design world. I am sure that they will take with them values and skills that will hold them in good stead in their professional and personal life. We wish them all the very best for the future”
Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution in design, fashion, creative businesses and media studies has been a catalyst for success of the students across creative industries for over two decades. With a legacy of 23 years, Pearl Academy offers over 30 uniquely designed under-graduate, post-graduate and professional development pathway through its campuses in Delhi NCR (East & West), Jaipur and Mumbai. Its reputation of preparing ‘Industry ready’ professionals has been recognized by leading fashion, retail and design brands, which has helped in establishing a healthy track record of over 95 per cent placement for the last three years. Its path-breaking alliances with renowned bodies such as the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) have ensured that its faculty and students get an exclusive access to ‘industry in the classroom’.
The institution was ranked as the best private fashion college in India for the fourth consecutive year by India Today – AC Nielson survey, The Week- Hansa Survey and Outlook – Drshti Survey. Academy was awarded the ‘Best Design Institute in India’ 2016 and 2017 by industry body ASSOCHAM. Jaipur campus of the academy was ranked as one of the most beautiful college campuses in India by India Today. The institution was also awarded as ‘Best Education Brands 2017’ in Fashion Design Category by The Economic Times. Pearl Academy is a member of Laureate International Universities network, a global network that has presence in 25 countries, serving more than one million students. The Academy is also closely associated with renowned global institutions such as London College of Fashion (England), Domus Academy (Italy), Media Design School (New Zealand) and NABA (Milan) amongst many others.