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The Chinese Connection – Pearl collaborates with HIEU!

Pearl Academy has added one more name in its list of Global Alliances – Hunan International Economics University (HIEU), Changsha City, Hunan Province, China.

Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy and Mr. Fangping Zhang, President, HIEU, signed MoU recently at the New Delhi campus of Pearl Academy.

Under this collaboration, both the institutes will experience:

  • Faculty exchange and academic cooperation in research, pedagogy etc
  • Participation in international conference/events
  • Student exchange programmes

A brief intro of HIEU

Founded in 1997, Hunan International Economics University (HIEU) is one of the largest private universities in the People’s Republic of China, and has been ranked as one of the top three institutions among over 300 private universities in China by the China University Alumni Association for the past eight consecutive years. It is accredited as a four-year comprehensive university with the approval of the State Ministry of Education and Hunan Provincial Government. More information can be obtained from: http://en.hieu.edu.cn/

 

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Yet another milestone achieved by Pearl Academy – 4 awards in the kitty at Edutainment Awards 2014!

Edutainment Awards-26th April, 2014It seems to be a year of celebrations and rejoice at Pearl Academy. After a hattrick at Brands Academy Education Excellence Awards 2014, we have clinched 4 awards at Edutainment Awards 2014!

The New Delhi campus of the Academy has been awarded as the Best Design School (North India) 2014. And, other awards that we bagged are:

– 2nd best Fashion school (National) 2014 – Pearl Academy New Delhi

– 5th best Design school (National) 2014 – Pearl Academy New Delhi

– 5th best Design school (South India) 2014 – Pearl Academy Chennai

Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, congratulated the faculty members and students for being an equal partners in the success of the Academy. “It is a very happy and fortunate moment for all of us. Our mutual efforts to excel and be the best in our domain has only made this feat possible. I am thankful to Edutainment Awards for acknowledging our campuses as one of the best in India, for both design and fashion.” said Mr. Mehra.

The awards, which were held in Mumbai, were based on comprehensive evaluation and rating of media, design and communication institutes in India. The jury was headed by Dr Bhaskar Das, Group CEO, Zee Media Corporation Ltd. and comprised eminent personalities Gokul Krishnamurthy, editor, Campaign India; Lajwanti D Souza, managing editor, Pagalguy; Sanjeet Saha, Star TV; Nikhil Garth D’rozario, film producer; Brian Tellis, director, Fountainhead Events; Rajesh Kejriwal, founder, Kyoorius Group; Anand Gurnani, Animation Express, and Pranjal Khindadiya, head, Sony Pictures. Renowned colleges such as St Xavier’s, IIMC, Jamia Millia Islamia, SNDT University, SIMC, Loyola, Jain University, FTII, Sophia, NID, NIFT and WWI among others participated in the awards.

Not only we have been acknowledged this year for our fashion design education but also we have achieved another milestone by getting the award for best design school in North India. Pearl Academy is the new address for the aspiring creative professionals to pursue their education and achieve their dreams in creative fields.

 

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Hattrick by Pearl Academy at 6th Brands Academy Education Excellence Awards 2014

Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO-Pearl Academy, recieving Brands Academy Education Excellence Award from Mr. VVS Laxman in a gala ceremony

Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO-Pearl Academy, recieving Brands Academy Education Excellence Award from Mr. VVS Laxman in a gala ceremony

In the recently held Brands Academy Education Excellence Awards 2014 in New Delhi, Pearl Academy scored a hattrick by bagging three awards for its New Delhi, Noida and Jaipur campuses – ‘Best Fashion Design Academy in Delhi/NCR’, ‘Best Fashion Design Academy in Uttar Pradesh’, and ‘Best Fashion Design Academy in Rajasthan’ respectively.

Former Indian batsman and cricket legend V.V.S Laxman gave away the award to Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO-Pearl Academy in a gala ceremony. On winning these awards, CEO of Pearl Academy, Mr. Sharad Mehra said, “We have always strived to become the most preferred choice of students for creative education and will continue to do so in the future. This award is a testimony to our quality education, high pedagogical standards and professional commitment to produce best industry professionals. We are glad that our efforts are being acknowledged by the industry. We would like to extend our gratitude to Brands Academy for giving us not one but three reasons to celebrate our victory this year!”

V.V.S Laxman giving away award to Nien Siao, Campus Director, Nioda - Best Fashion Design Academy in Uttar Pradesh

V.V.S Laxman giving away award to Nien Siao, Campus Director, Nioda – Best Fashion Design Academy in Uttar Pradesh

“Education is the true cornerstone for the future growth of our country. The education sector has witnessed a sea change over the last decade with so many institutions that have come up all across India,” Mr. V.V.S Laxman said on the occasion, “A benchmark like the Brands Academy Education Excellence Awards helps students identify the institutions that can best meet their goals and aspirations. Brands Academy’s initiative to promote Excellence in Education is worth applause. I hope that the success of the winners will motivate others to pursue excellence!”

The 6th edition of the awards was organized to felicitate some of India’s most powerful brands in the Education domain for their exemplary achievements. Brands Academy is one of Asia’s leading brand management and consulting companies and the recently held award ceremony acknowledged worthy institutions across India.

V.V.S Laxman giving away award to Col. Surojit Bose for Jaipur campus - Best Fashion Design Academy in Rajasthan

V.V.S Laxman giving away award to Col. Surojit Bose for Jaipur campus – Best Fashion Design Academy in Rajasthan

Other leading institutes which were awarded in the ceremony includes names such as AIIMS, Delhi University, IIT Delhi, Indian Institute of Management Kozikhode, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Department of Management Studies IIT Delhi, National Institute of Industrial Engineering and National Institute of Fashion Technology among many others.

 

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  • Pearl Academy Now in Mumbai & The Charcoal Project National Scholarship in Alliance with Sussanne Roshan
  • Pearl Academy Now in Mumbai & The Charcoal Project National Scholarship in Alliance with Sussanne Roshan
  • Pearl Academy Now in Mumbai & The Charcoal Project National Scholarship in Alliance with Sussanne Roshan
  • Pearl Academy Now in Mumbai & The Charcoal Project National Scholarship in Alliance with Sussanne Roshan
  • Pearl Academy Now in Mumbai & The Charcoal Project National Scholarship in Alliance with Sussanne Roshan

Pearl Academy Now in Mumbai & The Charcoal Project National Scholarship in Alliance with Sussanne Roshan

On the 15th of April ‘14, Pearl Academy launched its all-new campus in one of India’s most creative cities- Mumbai. This launch set a new milestone for Peal Academy all together. For the very first time, Pearl Academy has come together with the successful and very talented Sussanne Roshan in light to Ignite Creativity by joining hands with the academy offering ‘The Charcoal Project National Scholarship’.

“It is really exciting for Mumbai that Pearl Academy is coming to the city,” says Sussanne Roshan at the launch. This full four year long scholarship will be offered to three highly motivated, ambitious and talented students in the creative industry and three other students will get the opportunity to attend the amazing ‘Artfest’ at Santa Fe College of Art & Design in Santa Fe, USA. The ‘ArtFest’ is a full paid 3 weeks long festival where artists, designers and students from more than 40 countries participate.

Pearl Academy has set a very high benchmarks in the quality of education, employability, international exposure and has presented numerous successful alumni to multiple creative industries in the last 20 years. Sharad Mehra (CEO, Pearl Academy) says Pearl Academy is committed to replicate the same in Mumbai.

At the event, Alumni’s & Sussanne Roshan emphasized greatly on the term ‘Inspiration’ and what it means to them.

Who do you take inspiration from? Above every other voice you listen to your heart. You listen to your heart and you know the right direction.
Bandra 190 is a concept store where Charcoal project is held. There is no agenda. Take a step at a time. If it feels right, then do it.
Continue to something meaningful and contribute to the lives of young design students. It is important to have inspiration and have a mentor
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– Sussanne Roshan

Design is a thought which should provoke you, instigate you, calm you, seduce you.
Any design has that kind of effect on a person.
A good design should have a serene and calm effect on me.
Design and feelings go together. If a design evokes feelings, it’s a great design.

– Harshdeep, Alumna

Each member who is and has been in the past associated with Pearl Academy had some fascinating and inspiring stories to tell about their journey. Amongst the esteemed guests present the most notable Alumni were Leon Vaz, Vaishali Shadangule, Karan Bajaj supporting us at this new milestone. Watch what they have to say about their journeys.
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In all, this was an absolutely fabulous launch. Excellence at its best!
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Pearl Academy hosts ‘Creative Careers Conclave’ in Lucknow

Alumni Ratika Rastogi shares her views at Creative Careers Conclave Lucknow

Alumni Ratika Rastogi shares her views at Creative Careers Conclave Lucknow

Pearl Academy, India’s leading institute of design, fashion and related business courses, hosted ‘Creative Careers Conclave’ at Hotel Levana, Lucknow. The interactive session witnessed a creatively charged audience of more than 130 students and parents wanting to know more about education and careers in world of design, fashion, retail and other creative areas.

The conclave consisted of an esteemed panel of ingenious minds from the world of fashion and design – Fashion Designer Manish Tripathi, Interior Designer Ritu Bhatia and renowned Jewellery Designer- Akanksha Agarwal. Apart from them, the panel included expert academicians from Pearl Academy – Chris Hand, HOD–Communication Design; Nien Siao, Director, Noida campus; and Dr. Tarun Panwar, HOD-Business. The Sunday morning that went, experienced a crisp dialogue between the audience and panelists. The amalgamation of dreams, choices and learning saw an artistically put together essay of vocations inclined towards the finer things of life.

Speaking about the workshop, Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “Today, cities such as Lucknow have humongous talent and creativity. Our various initiatives including Creative Careers Conclave are a regular feature across cities to reach out to the budding and creative think-tanks of tomorrow – students who are willing to make their own identities and leave their footprints for others to follow. Our aim of conducting such conclaves is to ensure that these students make informed decisions to channelize their energies and potential in the right direction. This will pave a path for them that will lead to success and success only. Interestingly, the conclave has been welcomed by and found extremely helpful to both parents and students encouraging us to continue it.”

“Our admission process has already started and we look forward to the talent pool of Lucknow joining our campuses across Delhi, Noida, Jaipur and Mumbai. We are certain that they will bring with them innovation, passion and out-of-the-box thinking that Pearl Academy looks for in its students”, Mr. Mehra further added.

Manish Tripathi, Fashion Designer, Label-Antardesi, shares her views at Creative Careers Conclave Lucknow.JPG

Manish Tripathi, Fashion Designer, Label-Antardesi, shares her views at Creative Careers Conclave Lucknow.JPG

Manish Tripathi, Fashion Designer, said, “It has been a pleasure to be a part of such an inspired dialogue session organized by Pearl Academy. The future is here and it is an absolute must for people like me and the rest of the esteemed panelists to be a part of such an event – that brings us face to face with the gen next. Platforms like these bring together ideas, thoughts and potentially an answer to what lies next in this dynamic world of creativity. All that the budding aspirants of today need to know is that conviction is everything; you need to stand up for what you believe in.”

Post the seminar one of the parents who attended said “This session, helped me realize that there is a wide range of opportunity lying out there for students, like my child who want a career in a creative field. I have always believed that if our children choose to opt for a career in a creative field, it is our duty as parents to extend our full support to them as there is a plethora of opportunities for every profession in the market.”

Designed to enhance deep understanding of the creative field, education and careers, the event brought together a combined young vibrant energy of the 21st Century. This experience of a creative dialogue was enjoyed unanimously by parents and children.

Ritu Bhatia, Owner - Space Designers, shares her views at Creative Careers Conclave Lucknow.JPG

Akanksha Agarwal, Owner - Aishpra Jewellery, shares her views

Akanksha Agarwal, Owner – Aishpra Jewellery, shares her views

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Pearl Academy launches New Campus in Mumbai

Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy and Sussanne Roshan, Celebrity Interior Designer & Founder-The Charcoal Project, launch the new campus of Pearl Academy in Mumbai

Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy and Sussanne Roshan, Celebrity Interior Designer & Founder-The Charcoal Project, launch the new campus of Pearl Academy in Mumbai

Pearl Academy, India’s premier institute for design, fashion and related business courses, with its strong commitment to excellence, innovation and employability now has a center in one of India’s most creative cities- Mumbai. At a recent press conference hosted at Bunglow 9, Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, along with Sussanne Roshan, Interior Designer & founder ‘The Charcoal Project’, announced the launch of new campus which will absorb talented students in six Under-Graduate and six Post-Graduate programmes across domains. The campus is centrally located in Andheri East, next to Marol metro station and will boast of a unique architecture and thoughtfully designed spaces for creative learning. The admissions have already begun for 2014 session and classes will begin from August, 2014, onwards.

Additionally, in an endeavor to explore fresh talent and hone creativity, the institute has collaborated with ‘The Charcoal Project’ to give away ‘The Charcoal Project National Scholarship’ to highly motivated students looking for an opportunity in creative careers. ‘The Charcoal Project National Scholarship’ will provide an opportunity to 3 deserving students (applicants as well as non-applicants to All-India entrance examination of the Academy) who want to study design at Pearl Academy. These students, who would be shortlisted after a series of screening tests, will receive a scholarship with all-paid tuition fees for their academic years at Pearl. These scholarships would be offered one each in Pearl’s campuses at Mumbai, Noida and Jaipur. Also, 3 runner-ups on joining Pearl Academy will receive a fully paid trip to ‘Artfest’ at Santa Fe College of Art & Design in Santa Fe, USA – a 3 weeks long festival where artists, designers and students from more than 40 countries participate.

Speaking about the launch of new campus, Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “We are very excited to introduce our institute to a city which is home to some of the most creative minds in the country. We have set-up high benchmarks in the quality of education, employability, international exposure and have presented numerous successful alumni to the creative industries in the last 20 years. Pearl Academy is committed to replicate the same in Mumbai. We are also eager to ignite creativity among students through our association with Sussanne Roshan. We do believe that together we would be able to promote creativity and design for students across the country.”

Students wanting to apply for the scholarships need to send in a portfolio along with a write-up/presentation/short video/art work/installation etc. on the chosen theme. A jury consisting experts from Pearl Academy and Sussanne Roshan will review the entries and meet the shortlisted candidates for final selection. The finalized winners will be awarded ‘The Charcoal Project National Scholarship’ at Pearl Academy.

Talking about the association with Pearl Academy, Sussanne Roshan said, “It is really exciting for Mumbai that Pearl Academy is coming to the city. With its rich heritage of over two decades and excellent academic standards in the fields of design, fashion, business and retail industry, the Academy will fulfill the demands of creative industries. I strongly believe that our partnership will help us encourage design as a whole across the country. It’s a thrilling opportunity being offered to the young students by Pearl Academy and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”

The Pearl Academy has been welcomed wholeheartedly by the industry in Mumbai with prominent designers, brands and media houses reaching out to support students for internships, placements and expert inputs.

As a part of the Laureate International Universities (LIU) Network, Pearl students get international exposure and education. International faculty is a part of Pearl and every student at Pearl Academy gets an opportunity to study abroad in a partner institute. All PG Diploma courses are validated by Domus Academy, Milan. Our global alliances have around 30 international institutes including Nottingham Trent University, London College of Fashion, NABA Milan, Media Design School NZ, New school of Architecture, Santa Fe College of Art and Design, et al.

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Pearlite does it again!! Gourav Goel wins Wills Lifestyle ‘The Debut’

Gourav Goel receiving 'The Debut' award from Soha Ali Khan at WLIFW'2014

Gourav Goel receiving ‘The Debut’ award from Soha Ali Khan at WLIFW’2014

Gourav Goel, Level-3 student from the Fashion Design course at Pearl Academy, wins the 8th edition of Wills Lifestyle hosts ‘The Debut’.  The triumph also brought to Gourav a sponsored trip to UK for a befitting course at the London School of Fashion.

“For my Wills collection, I was inspired by motion and youth. I incorporated the comfort of sportswear to become a part of current trends. The thought was to prepare a practical and fashionable line. The fabric used in the line was organic and the entire collection was hand-made.” explained exhilarated Gourav about his creation after winning India’s most coveted contest for budding fashion designers.  

 

Check out Gourav’s collection here:

 
Apart from Gourav Goel, 6 Pearlites from Noida, New Delhi, Jaipur and Chennai campuses made it to the finale – Bhumika Bhagchandani, Mehandee Dureja, Nisha Takker, Saumya Singh, Dheeraj Kumar and Gaurav Prajapati. Also, Mehandee Prajapati and Gaurav Prajapati were chosen as the grand-finalists along with Gourav Goel.

Take a look at the glimpses of the event where seven Pearlites showcased their creations at The Debut’14 in New Delhi: Click here

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Day 3 – A Lot Of Glam & Net At Wills India Fashion Week

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Pia Pauro’s Scottish glam rock seemed like Scottish glam rock meets Indian couture, with all the heavy embellishments, embroidery and all the Zari work, she certainly brought some zing to her collection. Her show saw a lot of black, golden and red no surprises here. She surely knows how to make skirts with Zari work or stripes look fabulous with stockings. She had a lot of net in her Lehenga’s and dresses, which again came as no surprise because net is banging at the moment. The collection also saw a lot of Kurta’s and crop tops teamed up with pants. The biggest show of her collection was the intricate floral prints and embellishments on pretty much all her garments, which personally kept me stunned for a while. All in all I feel it was a show that set the bar for the day at the beginning. Also, a splendid start to day 3.

The thing I adored in Urvashi Kaur’s collection was the shimmer in the off white pieces which looked so dreamy and sophisticated. While she paired the colors dull blue and red with off-white in her collection she still did manage to make them look pretty eye catching. In her collection I saw a lot of stripes, well of course isn’t that like the second preferred print at the moment? Yes it is. With her beautiful elegant Sharara’s and Anarkali’s it was a show that made me go “Whoaa, not my colors but I’d absolutely wear it”! Also the thing that was worth blowing minds was the crumpled material with shimmer that was seen on her pieces, but the dark lemon glasses and the types of scarves totally stole the show away for me. So I’d say that it was a good continuation to Pia Puaro’s show.

The next show during Day 3 of Fashion Week was by Gaurav Jai Gupta & Paromita Banerjee. They used dull earthy colors that somehow for me, did not leave a mark. But I was still looking forward to more.

Archana Roa kick started her show with sky blue and white lace with a metal belt that surely did catch some attention, adding the metal belt to almost all her garments was a genius idea, I’d say it giva a new look to the usual outfit. Her collection also saw a lot of bright pastels if I may say, paired up with white. Not that perfect for winters but what the hell anything for fashion! The thing that I loved the most in her collection was firstly the beautiful shiny Pearls on the tops and the floral lace-look-a-like work on almost all the pieces. It boggled my mind as to what exactly was the material, well we can let that secret be with her. Her collection saw a lot, a LOT of checks and skirts with a slit and flairy peplum tops and the super sophisticated beige pants that never go out of fashion. She brought in some interesting colors too with yellow, mehandi green, ombré in peach thanks to them there wasn’t any monotony in the show. Also her showstopper outfit was a total win-win, it was a black and white long skirt with floral lace-look-a-like with a black peplum top with the metal belt, I mean need I say more? What a stunner!

As soon as Dev r Nil & Arjun Saluja’s shows started I said to myself, “Great! Another show with earthy color to sit through” but boy was I wrong! Thank God for leather, the day was saved. Now that is how you do earthy colors well, you add the edge through tanned or black leather. There were leather crop tops made into blouses and then there were clothes with the color palette of a rainy muddy day that were turned memorable thanks to the zips and the leather. It was a good ‘pick-me-up’ for me, certainly.

Payal Pratap, took inspiration from Japan and how! With her black and white floral kimonos she surely started off with a bang. The thing that I loved was that she maintained the bang with her Persian blue, orange and rust colored floral kimonos. A surprise material that entered her collection was velvet, she brought in velvet with her crop tops. I personally loved it because I feel velvet gives a very deep effect to any color and gives it more depth. Semi kimonos were seen too in her collection which she paired up with plain black stockings, which I feel, makes sense. Then came the beauties, golden silk kimonos with floral print embossed in them which totally took away my heart, I’d never wear that but damn how gorgeous is that! So basically all her kimonos have floral print and black in them, which are totally in.

Okay so Sanchita’s collection was say that the pieces were not in sync with each other but such beauties I tell you! From the glitter below the knee skirt to the floral jackets to the studded crop tops, I loved pretty much all of it. Absolutely loved how she played with checks and stripes in her collection, mid blown. So she got in her floral print, black and white, checks, stripes, studs, glitter, crop tops I mean what else is needed to cover. Also loved how she blocked her full glittered skirt with a plain black studded crop top, absolutely crazy of her to do that! The lady also got in some accessories to die for with the studded clutch to the maroon-ish brown colored suede shoes, I mean look at them and tell me if you wouldn’t kill to have them!

And then Satya Paul! The Wait Was OVER. I was standing on the edge of my holy grail and I couldn’t contain the excitement. I’m not much for Indian Designers since the first collection I ever saw (on T.V.) was of Marc Jacobs and I never looked out of New York and Paris after that – don’t worry, I’m learning now and I do realize now that I have missed out on a lot. But like Manish Arora, Masaba had made a special place for herself in my heart. Masaba was like, my girl. She started with the song Royals by Lorde and I swayed in my boots hoping the guards would let me in already. I missed the first few pieces but I stood stunned when I saw the first outfit. She is brilliant! She chose the most popular color of the season and the most sought after material and formed her collection. She used metallic red in holographic material and formed her artwork. Hands down to her. I can go on and on, but let me not set this into a rant.

Abraham & Thakore– Down to earth Indian couture is what I’d like to call their collection. Takes us back in time with its khadi material and the draperies. For me their collection was something which was very near to my style so I adored it completely. With the coffee colored Sarees, Kurta’s and pants I loved how they teamed everything up with a thin copper belt to give some zing to the otherwise boring attire. They also got in temple print on their Sarees and hell lot of triangles in their pants and Kurta’s. Thankfully they did add some shine to their garments with black leopard print embroidered on the Sarees and coats. What stunners they were, something I’d die to wear! Also totally loved their attempt at a plain black dress with a lot of embroidery and sequins. All in all I’d say that it was a good end to day 3.

Stay tuned for highlights from day four and check out images of all the shows on Instagram.

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