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Pearl Academy’s budding designers turn Day 5 of the AIFW17 into a runaway success

Pearl Academy’s budding designers turn Day 5 of the AIFW17 into a runaway success

This year’s Amazon India Fashion Week, India’s most sought-after fashion platform, saw young designers take the centerstage with their skills and knowledge. Pearl Academy’s annual property #PearlPortfolio yet again became a platform to give young students an eclectic vision of the future. A one-of-its-kind space, #PearlPortfolio witnessed some of the finest creations by budding fashionistas and fashion connoisseurs, 350 designers to be precise. Young talent from School of Fashion, Styling and Textiles came together to gain an industry-level experience and produce industry-challenging designs that earned them recognition from leaders and legends on the concluding day of the fashion week.

With innovative ideas like ‘6 Dots’ – a collection prepared specially for the visually impaired with braille tags and ‘Restoration’ – a collection inspired by the Delhi’s monuments and heritage buildings, the participating designers showcased a blend of inspirational and path breaking design hues. The event also saw photography projects from greenhorns, which reflected their inspiration and stimulus. A separate section dedicated to unique themes and issues such as the ecological footprint, DIY hand knit, etc. received appreciation from the jury, parents and visitors alike.

Prominent Fashion Design Council of India faces like Rimzim Dadu, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Nida Mahmood, Priyanka Modi, Divyam Mehta and Rahul Mishra were among the few who experienced the vibrancy and energy brought forth by these young designers.

Industry stalwarts congratulated this talented bunch of designers, photographers and forward thinkers for putting together a spectacular show and making Pearl Academy and FDCI’s #PearlPortfolio 2017 a stellar success.

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Five Revolutionary projects to watch out for this Amazon Fashion Week

As the word is out that the fifth day of AIFW AW’17 will present the Pearl Portfolio. Portfolio has been a signature event of Pearl Academy for the last 23 years and has been an annual launch pad showcasing the work of graduating students pursuing their goals in fashion as well as related industries. Day five will witness five shows by the School of Fashion, Styling and Textiles of Pearl Academy, featuring over 600 ensembles by 350+ students.

As Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI stated, “We are delighted to present the Pearl Portfolio as it is a creative space, which fosters fresh ideas through enabling design education. As a leading body that promotes design excellence, this collaboration will give an opportunity to greenhorns, to have an eclectic vision for the future.” Here is just a teaser of some of the path-breaking works of student one can expect to witness at the event.

1. Sabi – This range by Rishikesh Maskar is being curated from an inspiration derived from a Japanese aesthetic of ‘Sabi’ which means ‘The Bloom Of Time & Gradual Degradation Of All Things In Nature’. It talks about how certain things, no matter how old, hold importance in life with all their imperfections due to age. The garments are conceptualized and designed out of waste textiles from factories and katran markets by up-cycling, reconstruction and zero-waste methods which contribute to the sustainability of resources and to minimize the overall textile waste caused due to fast fashion.

2. ‘Rabari’ inspired from the nomads of Gujarat. Student Supriya Jain says, ‘I want to be the source here, to spread knowledge on who are they, and what makes them special as people having been losing the value of what is authentic and what makes India’. Hence, a small Initiative, where she wishes to put herself in their shoes and revamp their clothing, embroidery etc in such a way that even in today’s world, their tribe holds the same value as it did before. The colour palette is inspired by the environment. The fabrics used are 100% handloom; 100%cotton, sheep wool, promoting the power of handlooms.

3.Gyakusetsu(Japanese for Paradox) by Vrinda Arora is a culmination of the old and new, an aesthetic turnover from natural adversities, Japan is the perfect specimen of a cultural paradox. This reflection helps build upon Autumn/Winter 2017-18, a collection aiming to bridge the gap between the extremes, yet coexisting effortlessly
in order to create a distinct identity for a wearer who believes in minimalism and comfort. Taking its silhouette direction from traditional japanese garments,the Kimono and the Hakama, the range has been designed to cater to a
casual/street wear style, keeping the look extremely relaxed. The fabrics included variations of woolen blends both heavy and light weight. The colour palette comprises of soft pinks and lilacs that move towards deep purples and maroons.

4.Student working on ‘Apatani Tribe’ collection says – ‘My inspiration comes from Tribes, it is an autumn winter collection and my collection take cues from the Ancient Culture where the tribes still continue to live a hard and non-materialistic life. This collection uses shawls of Arunachal Pradesh tribes. The garments embrace simplicity have straight silhouettes and warm color story.’

5.‘Raunaq’ by Devyani Kharbanda is a collection that uses nothing but just ‘Katran’. The garments are made out of waste material and developed by using various techniques into interesting surfaces which are usable and wearable.

If this sounds exciting to you, come join us this Sunday at Amazon India Fashion Week to witness more of such ground-breaking work by our graduating batch from Fashion Design and other related courses. Join the EVENT NOW.

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Tihar Jail & Pearl Academy jointly set up a fashion laboratory at the prison

Tihar Jail & Pearl Academy jointly set up a fashion laboratory at the prison

A step towards encouraging women inmates to learn life sustaining skills

Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution for design, fashion and creative business took a one of its kind initiative by setting up a fashion laboratory in collaboration with Tihar Jail. Offering a unique opportunity to the women prisoners of Tihar Jail to build an holistic and independent life after prison, Pearl Academy has set up a Fashion Laboratory equipped with all the essential facilities and tools necessary for learning basics of design & construction, in the prison premises.

Furnished with pattern making tools and sewing kits backed by the latest lighting and ventilation facilities, the Lab will provide specialized sewing machines, overlock machines, ironing machines and dress forms pattern tables with cork top. Furthermore, Pearl Academy will hold certification programs with an aim to build self-confidence within the inmates. The details of the training are given below:

• Capsules of forty-five 45 days, divided into three 3 core modules, will be used in the certificate program
• There will be three 3 such capsules in a single academic year
• Two or more trainees will be assisted for placements

Mr Sudhir Yadav, Director General of Tihar Jail and Professor Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy jointly launched the fashion laboratory. Extending their support to this unique initiative aimed at skilling and hence empowering the women inmates, Mrs Punya Salila Srivastava, Secretary, Directorate of Training and Technical Education, Government of India and Mr Abhishek Singh, District Magistrate, New Delhi were also present at the occasion.

The inauguration ceremony was followed by a joint fashion show and a cultural program by the Pearl Academy students and women inmates.
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Commenting on this initiative, Mr Sudhir Yadav, DG Prisons, Tihar Jail, said “It’s a unique initiative which shows the commitment of Tihar Jail to promote skill development among inmates. It will help the women inmates to learn life sustaining skills and will provide them with great opportunities to earn a livelihood in their ‘life-after-prison. I thank Pearl Academy for their continuous cooperation and efforts in establishing this fashion laboratory and setting up well thought out certification programs.”
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Professor Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy excited about the initiative, said “Pearl Academy is committed to skill development, and this is one of a kind initiative which will help the women inmates of Tihar jail to build a new life after prison. The fashion laboratory is equipped with all the facilities and machinery needed for learning basics of design & construction skills. We are happy to be a part of Skill India Mission and also in our small way, trying our best to contribute to the society by empowering these women to help them rebuild their lives.”
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The event was covered by top publications and news channels like TOI, India Today, Business Standard, Delhi Aaj Tak et al. Catch some of it here:-

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First year at college and you don’t go to the class?

First year at college and you don’t go to the class?

Creativity is boundless and that is why we often ask our students to push themselves and thrust to explore and learn the new. The first year students at our Mumbai campus get a taste of that right from their first year. Below are couple of visits recently made by the students guided by the faculty to give them an open learning environment.

Guided Tour of NCPA, Mumbai
Warm and Welcoming NCPA personnel guided our students in an exclusive tour of all their theaters, telling us about its rich heritage, outstanding features and memorable performances that have been held there over the years. Fun and inspirational, we are sure such sessions widen their horizons and give them a new perspective on things around them.

Opera Appreciation Session, conducted by Mr. Jimmy Bilimoria
Our Foundation Design students of Mumbai Campus were in for a treat at NCPA when their resident Opera expert and supervisor of NCPA’s exclusive Stuart-Liff Library, Mr. Jimmy Bilimoria took them through the nuances of Opera in a step by step video screening of the famous Opera Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi.

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Offsite Class at Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Making Learning fun was just what our students had in mind during their visit to Bhau Daji Lad Museum, where they were exposed to history, nature and materials in a hands–on way.

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BEST OF STREET STYLE-JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2017

BEST OF STREET STYLE-JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2017

It was 10th anniversary of the most awaited event of the year i.e. Jaipur Literature Festival 2017. This was my 5th year at JLF & I was very much excited, I was literally preparing for it for a week to be precise. The Lit fest plays a silent role in staging street fashion of people from around the globe & a great platform to exchange ideas with people from all walks of life. This year as I was shooting photo stories for various publications, that allowed me to meet like minded folks & to know a bit about them.

So here are my top 10 picks of best of street style at Zee Jlf. Please comment below & let me know your thoughts about this photo story.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Ghazelle, dancer.


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Ariel Dandelion, Artist from New Delhi.


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Gita Vishwanath, Writer.


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Suman Bajaj, Fashion designer at Suman Bajaj. This is a beautiful print melange of polka dots & alphabets, now you are ready to rock in a sari.


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Anushka Seth. Who said black & tan can’t go together?


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Inna Modja, Malian-French singer, find more about the singer here. The singer was seen rocking a red jumpsuit paired up with kitschy Jaipuri bag.


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Nimisha Verma, founder of Home for Artists. From hair color to fringes to gypsy jewels, this jogan was talk of the town.


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Pallavi Chaturvedi. Fashion Blogger at That Desi Girl

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Priyasha Khandelwal, Style Blogger at Pout Out Proud. Well, I can’t stop clicking this beauty, completely picture perfect beautiful.

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Protima Tiwary, Food & Fitness blogger at Dumbbells & Drama


Check out other work of Abhimanyu Singh Rathore on his blog ISHTAILISTA

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Pearl Academy at Republic Day Parade

It is a proud moment for all of us at Pearl Academy as our students participated at the prestigious Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, New Delhi.

Strengthening our partnership with KHADI INDIA, New Delhi, Govt. of India, Pearl Academy students decked in khadi, performed on the Khadi India tableaux and showcased the collection of renowned designer Sharee Basu, a part of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) tableau, at India’s 68th Republic Day.
Our students also got a golden opportunity to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi who appreciated them for their efforts.

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Appreciation also poured in from Mr Kalraj Mishra, Minister, MSME who acknowledged the effort of our students on Twitter.
The students who made us proud are:

1. Himani Satwal
2.Vartika Nangia
3. Karanveer Dureja
4. Jatin Narang
5. Sahil Minhas
6. Tanisha Mansera
7. Saumya Sharma
8. Tejasvi Khatri
9. Pranshu Behl

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While the students won us laurels at the parade, our staff and students also made the pre – Republic Day celebrations a huge hit!
Adorned in Indian wear in shades and hues of saffron, white, blue and green, Pearlites literally wore their patriotism on their sleeve!

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Our students spent the day with the children from Manthan NGO; spreading smiles and warmth throughout, a huge thank you to our super society, Plan Clan for coming up with such a thoughtful idea and executing it beautifully.

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Yet another Sunday Style Brunch at Pullman Hotel powered by Pearl Academy

There is fashion that exists everywhere. Extending our horizons, this time we entered the hospitality industry. We are proud to associate with Pullman Hotel to present to you Stylish Sunday Brunches. So get ready to be blown away by the hottest place in town serving the best ever Sunday Brunch with a side of fashion presented by Pearl Academy. Every month there will be selected alumni and students who will be showcasing their collection at the venue. This is an initiative to provide a platform to Pearlites to connect and collaborate with and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in them. This was the second edition that took place on 15th January 2017. Here are the alumni who presented their collection at the event.

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The Mumbai Connection – Pearl Academy in the city of dreams

There is no particular reason why Mumbai has been given the sobriquet of ‘the city of dreams.’ Whether it is trade and commerce, Bollywood, fashion – the city is an enabler for all. There is an endless list of people who have come to Mumbai without a penny in their pockets and eventually became successful. Everyone from Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan to Manish Malhotra achieved their dreams here.

A city for all to make a living

Mumbai is a melting pot of diverse cultures – it houses people from different parts of the world with varying ethnicities, cultures and race. Despite the odd conflicts they all coexist peacefully.

A city with India’s largest film industry

Bollywood is not only India’s largest film industry but also one of the largest in the world. In the recent past, a spate of foreign production houses have set up shop in Mumbai – think Fox, Warner Bros, Sony, Walt Disney and many more. Budding actors, photographers, directors, makeup artists etc. dream of making it big in Mumbai and working with and learning from the stalwarts of the industry.

India’s fashion city

With its glitz and glamour, Mumbai paves the way for the latest fashion trends that the entire country follows. Young, emerging fashion designers find in the city avenues to growth, fame, money and reputation.

Below are a few of the reasons that make Mumbai a spectacular city to live in:

1. Unmatched Monsoon

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2. You don’t need to spend a bomb to get a bite to eat

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3. The smell of sea

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4. The night life is unbeatable

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5. The Mumbai local trains teach you to be patient and punctual

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Pearl Academy at Mumbai

In addition to having a wide range of courses for students, Pearl Academy’s Mumbai campus has much to offer by way of having a reputed, experienced, faculty; international exposure through exchange programmes, summer courses, global faculty exchange; and a world-class campus.

Global Alliances

– Pearl Academy encourages its students and faculty to get global exposure by collaborating with renowned higher education institutions across the world. Our extensive international tie-ups facilitate over 200 students each year to participate in reciprocal exchanges, international conferences, study tours and summer school programmes.

Global Faculty Exchange

– International teachers visit Pearl Academy on a regular basis , bringing with them immense cultural and professional knowledge, for students to learn from. In the past faculty from prominent institutions such as Domus Academy (Italy), Harvard Graduate School of Education (USA) and University of Plymouth (England) have conducted lectures / workshops at Pearl centres in India.

Global Summer Courses

– In collaboration with NABA and Domus Academy, Pearl Academy offers summer courses to its students, where over a period of 2 weeks students and faculty immerse themselves in an enriched design education.

Student Exchange Programmes

– Pearl Academy has collaborated with eminent international institutions for student / faculty exchange, training and consultancy services, international conferences etc. across the globe.

To know more on our Mumbai Centre, please visit on wwww.pearlacademy.com/mumbai-campus

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A career in journalism and media

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The pen is mightier than the sword. Or nowadays, pixels too, because you cant ignore the role of digital media in the journalism. Over the last few years, the world has witnessed an explosive growth in communication technology and media. As boundaries have blurred and the entire global community seems to have converged on the Internet, mass communication, media and journalism as streams of study and career become important.

What you need to have a career in these fields

Traditionally, people with above average communication skills and / or a degree in literature were considered to be ideal candidates for journalism and media studies. However, with the advent of technology, skilled professionals are required to work fast and efficiently to convey the message to the intended audience. Blogs and self-qualified ‘experts’ are a dime a dozen nowadays but it only takes someone with professional training to make the grade.

You should be inquisitive, alert, confident and perseverance. You should have a way with words and be able to express your thoughts to a varied audience clearly and concisely.

Job prospects

A professional qualification opens up doors for a career in TV, publishing, PR, journalism, publishing, advertising, films etc.

Pearl Academy launches School of Media and Journalism

In India, there are not enough avenues for a person seeking a professional, educational degree in media or journalism. Identifying this gap, Pearl Academy has launched courses in these fields:

Undergraduate courses:
1. UG Pathway in Journalism and Mass Media
2. UG Pathway in Fashion Media Communication

Postgraduate diploma courses:
1. Journalism and Mass Media
2. Fashion Communication

1 year Certificate courses:
1. Professional Photography
2. Photography

Please visit www.pearlacademy.com/school-of-journalismfor detailed information on these courses.

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