– Submitted by Surbhi Jain, School of Communication, Media & Film, Level 3, Pearl Academy-
Talking Spaces is an initiative taken by the level-3 students and faculty of Experience Design at Pearl Academy. It was an interesting and interactive morning, where we hosted our guests Mr. Iftikhar Mulk Chisti, Mr. Amardeep Behl and Ms Nidhi Kukreja, renowned people in the area of spatial design. It was indeed a morning full of inspiring and motivating talks and display of work.
Professor Chisti spoke about the ideology of design motivating us “ to look within ourselves, to introspect, and create design” which would not only help us realize our potentials but bring it to a realm of functionality. To encourage students into a problem solving and goal oriented approach he led the students through a simple rule “ learn to live and sleep with your problems and trust your dreams”.
Mr. Behl showcased some awe-inspiring work, which truly motivated us and left us quite awestruck. It was indeed very insightful and has certainly awakened a spirit of creativity within us. In his words “ volume is the soul of space and space is my palette “. His display of work in the field of museums and sets helped the students gain a more practical approach to the industry.
Ms Kukreja, our young alumni spoke about visual merchandising in the real world. It was yet another motivating talk and explained us the working of the visual merchandising industry.
The audience enjoyed these conversations, which continued well beyond the stimulated time. The students belonging to the initial levels of their graduation as well as the ones who are ready to step into the industry gained a great level of insight and knowledge from this event. We do hope we are able to engage in more such activities led by our faculty, school heads and the students.
The event was a combined effort of Ms Deepti Pant, Ms Lolita Dutta and Mr. Manas Barua and the students of level 3 experience design, Aanchal Arora and Surbhi Jain.
– Submitted by Janki Bhrany,Interior Architecture & Design, Level 1, Pearl Academy
Image courtesy: Annchal Mohill, Pearl Academy –
February 26, 2015: Both Oxford and Urban dictionaries explain JUNK as “seemingly useless rubbish which sits around for months and is inevitably disposed”. Pearl Academy thought of using this Junk for better reasons than just disposing it. “JUNK COUTURE ” hosted by Pearl Acadmey at SGTB KHALSA COLLEGE was judged by our faculty Ashish Dhaka and Sonica S. Khar from School of Fashion, Styling and Textile.
There were 2 rounds held for the competition where participants were to make garments using waste items like paper. CDs etc. Round 1 was dedicated to build the story line, teams were faced with a constraint of using only newspaper, adhesive and a board. With great enthusiasm 31 teams participated with 3 members in each and the ideas of all the teams were overwhelming. Few story-lines took audience on an emotional ride from being patriotic while few added the bollywood masala to spice it up, some shared motivation for social causes while some made it romantic with love stories. Top 10 teams got selected which evidently was a tough decision for the judges . For round 2 winning teams were to create a garment with theme “sustainability in future fashion” with old cds , newspapers , ropes , folks, straws and waste paper.
And then came Round 2 which was ridiculously amazing. Surely participants found the hidden designer in them and Pearl Academy helped them to do so. The event ended with some jaw dropping presentations by the participants and it was concluded that there is an innate designers in Delhi university too
«Submitted by Garima Garg, Student at Pearl Academy, Delhi»
When a 13 year old achieves astounding heights of success, it can take a toll on any average person’s self-esteem. But instead of envying her it is time for us to start getting inspired by this teenager girl from Austin, Texas.
When she was just 8 she attended a sewing camp and instantly got addicted to the world of creativity and soon her parents realized that her aspirations of getting into the fashion world could be turned into a reality and that is when Isabella Rose Taylor struck her first major deal with Nordstrom.
Nobody gets famous overnight unless you have Kardashians for parents. Isabella went through a slow process of building buzz when she started using all possible means of social platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. This also shows her forward sense of marketing that helped furtherance her creativity and brand.
Her line has been described as hippie-grunge, yet feminine while Isabella herself says that the key to her success has and will always be “blood, sweat and glitter”, she describes glitter as the cause of her imagination and her creativity, and we can only agree with her and hope that she will continue to rise and turn her passionate dreams into reality.
Check out more about her brand HERE
– Submitted by Srishti Sud, School of Creative Business Pearl Academy –
The words that amused and excited us as children; words that told us that there was something magical, something comical and something that was the stuff of our dreams that was about to begin; a story with some of our favorite characters.
Walt Disney pioneered the way as he created a plethora of “Once upon a times” for us with characters that are still near and dear to our hearts whether it was Mickey Mouse with his iconic ears, Minnie Mouse with her cute polka dot bow, Goofy goofing around with Pluto or the Disney Princesses dancing in their beautiful ball gowns and tiaras.
But in today’s day and age, Walt Disney does not only remain a creator of these characters that create a big part of each individual’s childhood. Today, it is one of the top animated film producing companies with Pixar, the 5th largest toy company, the biggest licensing company and most importantly the 9th largest Apparel Company in the world.
We, the class of PGFM, received a tremendous opportunity to receive a talk by Mrs. Mrunmayi Avachat, the former Creative Head of Fashion, Walt Disney. We got an insight into the concept of licensing and how product development takes place at Walt Disney for its apparel sector.
We all see Mickey Mouse t-shirts, Minnie Mouse inspired head bands, Hannah Montana pencil boxes but as students venturing into the apparel industry we might think about how the products were made or what fabric is used but none of us would have ever stopped to think about the characters that inspired these products.
Licensing is a concept where properties (characters) are licensed out to manufacturers, retailers or traders for a certain period of time to produce products with these properties such as apparel, jewellery, footwear and other accessories.
We are aware of the merchandise created for children but as we were informed Walt Disney has been trying to create merchandise for the adult market as well. Animated films have taken a turn to create an interest in the adults and are not called kids cartoon movies any more. Similarly, Walt Disney wanted to break through the mindset that Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse can only be appealing to the younger minds.
Walt Disney created a jewellery line in partnership with Popley and showcased their products at the IIJW. Their aim was not to make profits; this line was an “aspirational” attempt to showcase that these characters were more than kids’ cartoons.
The young and dynamic first year student of Post-Graduate Fashion Design course at Pearl Academy, Noida campus, Sana Sapra wins the fourth edition of online Facebook competition ‘The Air France Manish Arora Contest’. Sana’s entry received maximum likes – 350 likes on her final entry that earned her fully paid trip to Paris Fashion Week A/W ’16, and a pass to watch Manish Arora’s show in the fashion week.
Overwhelmed with the joy of winning this contest, Sana Sapra said, “I don’t know what to say. It all happened pretty quickly for me. I had to make the illustrations within a week span and had to put in all my efforts in that. I really want to thank my teachers especially Gaurav Mandal who guided me and also helped me by teaching Photoshop to make these illustration possible. Also, I am very thankful to all the family support, friends’ likes and people who believed in me. I am super excited to go to Paris and learn more from this reputed global platform.”
Nien Siao, Director, Pearl Academy-Noida campus, said, “Sana is a very bright student. At Pearl, we encourage our students to participate in various competitions which boost their confidence as well as give them good exposure. We wish best for Sana and her future endeavours.”
Sana spoke about her illustrations and explained about each one of them:
“My inspiration for this piece is my belief that our mind holds the key to limitless possibilities. Every evolution has exponential timing it’ll be half as long till the next breakthrough that blows our mind. It’s up to the people to brave on with experimentation move forth the species by unlocking our imagination.”
“Je suis Charlie! I dedicate my design to the cause of Charlie Hebdo which is a satirical French newspaper whose offices were recently attacked for publishing cartoons that were deemed offensive by extremist groups.”
“I am inspired by the beauty and the smell of the pines. Way up in the mountains on a high timberline, there’re twisted old pines. The wind there is bitter, it cuts like a knife. It keeps the pinecones holding on for dear life.”
A great achievement by this young Pearlite. Way to go Sana!!!
At the recently held DLF Emporio Design Awards 2014-15 at DLF Emporio, New Delhi, Tanya Bansal from UG-FD (2011-15) course at Delhi campus bagged ‘The People’s Choice Award’ and Ankur Tyagi from UG-Jewellery Design (2011-15) course at Jaipur campus stood Runner-Up. A double treat for all of us!
Both Tanya Bansal and Ankur Tyagi have also been awarded with one year mentorship under one of the leading fashion designers of India and their creations will be on retail in a commercial space during the Mega Luxury Shopping Festival at DLF Emporio, New Delhi from April to May this year. Also, a dedicated news piece shall be published in quarterly DLF Emporio magazine.
Additionally, Pearlites Aditi Agarwal, Nikita Luthra, Mansee Gupta and Hinal Patel from the New Delhi and Jaipur campuses made it to the list of Top 26 finalists of the awards.
Interestingly, Shagun Mahendro from the Delhi campus of Pearl Academy was one of the top three winners in the first edition of these awards in the year 2012. And, then in 2013 Anubha Jain from the Delhi campus again was a Runner-up with her ‘Denim Saree’ collection in the second edition of the awards.
Tanya Bansal’s designer wear is inspired from Taj Mahal. The fabric used has been hand woven to reflect the intricate craftsmanship of the Mughal era and the motifs are block printed. The silhouette is inspired from Men’s Achkan from the Mughal times that is bold and a modern-day woman would treasure and pass on to next generation as an eternal symbol.
Ankur Tyagi’s ‘Cup of Love’, a wine flask with Jali, is a set of beautiful earing that has been crafted using brass and blue sapphire stones. Ankur derived his inspiration from the miniature paintings in which the Mughal royalty figures use a crafted wine flask to savour the finest of the wines. Also, it was the detailing work on domes of Mughal era buildings and the shape of domes too that caught Ankur’s eye and which he really wanted to incorporate in the jewellery piece. So the shape of wine flask and monument pattern incorporated in earing ‘Cup of Love’ is supposed to be a cup of love which spreads the love from the royalty to everybody throughout the empire.
Launched in 2012, the DLF Emporio Design Awards has been created to encourage and support young fashion designers. Each year, DLF Emporio recognizes and honor young, innovative and emerging talent in the field of fashion and design.
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Pearl Academy rolls out Full Scholarship for India’s Top 10 creative minds at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
A Full Scholarship for all B.A. (H) Program Courses and an all-expense paid-trip to Santa Fe Art Fest at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) in US by Pearl Academy. The scholarship was announced at the recently held Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) in Mumbai, for 10 most talented minds of India who aspire to alter the creative and design landscape in future.
Festival Design Partner of KGAF, Pearl Academy – Mumbai, leaves its mark on Design enthusiasts at the fest with an installation named ‘Confluence’, a larger than life Canvas Wall and a magnificent fashion show by Academy’s renowned and talented alumni. The fashion show was attended by Bollywood actor Sonu Sood and fashion designer Rocky S.
Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “Pearl Academy has carried the beacon of design and creativity for over two decades and events such as Kala Ghoda Arts Festival are extremely crucial in molding and refurbishing the creative ecosystem of India. With Pearl Academy as the Festival Design Partner of KGAF, the intent is to further propel the progress and recognition of designers and their work. And, we see this scholarship to top 10 creative minds of India as reaffirmation of our commitment to the creative youth of India.”
“At Pearl Academy, we believe in giving real time experience and the best opportunities to our students. What could have been a better venue than Kala Ghoda Arts Festival for the Pearlites to showcase their talent! Their work has been appreciated and Mumbaikars are now looking forward to more of such talent exhibits by us. We take this as our responsibility to provide the best of Pearl’s legacy to our students as well as the design landscape.” says Bulbul Chaudhary, Director – Pearl Academy, Mumbai about the association with KGAF.
Bulbul Chaudhary along with the celebrity guests made the major announcement that will change the lives of 10 students – the Full Scholarship for any BA (H) Program and an all-expense paid-trip to Santa Fe Art Fest. To win the scholarship, the student must be a resident of India, should have completed class 12th by June 15, 2015, and should have qualified the Pearl Entrance exam.
Top 20 entries will be shortlisted by the jury at Pearl Academy and will be called for a personal interview round. The jury includes Prof. Vikas Satwalekar, Ex Director, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; Mohan Neelakantan, Ex Fashion Editor – Elle, Stylist & TV Anchor and experts from Pearl Academy – Sanyogeitaa Chadha, Head-School of Fashion, Styling & Textiles; Dr. Priya Mary Mathew, Head-School of Creative Business; and Nidhip Mehta, Area Head-Interior Architecture and Design.
Last date of application is April 20, 2015, and the winners will be announced on 15th June, 2015. More information on the scholarship is available on: http://www.whosnext.pearlacademy.com/
Festival Design Partner Pearl Academy, Mumbai leaves its mark on design enthusiasts at HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
[embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_mieXbk2lU[/embedyt]The Academy recently collaborated with the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) as Festival Design Partner hosting an installation – ‘Confluence’, a larger than life Canvas Wall and a stupendous Fashion Show by the renowned and talented alumni of the Academy. The fashion show was attended by bollywood actor Sonu Sood and fashion designer Rocky S. The Academy also announced Full Scholarship for any BA (H) Program and an all-expense paid-trip to Santa Fe Art Fest at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) in US to the 10 most creative minds of India aspiring to be a part of creative businesses in the future.
Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “Pearl Academy has carried the beacon of design and creativity for over two decades and events such as Kala Ghoda Arts Festival are extremely crucial in molding and refurbishing the creative ecosystem of India. With Pearl Academy as the Festival Design Partner of KGAF, the intent is to further propel the progress and recognition of designers and their work. And, we see this scholarship to top 10 creative minds of India as reaffirmation of our commitment to the creative youth of India.”
“At Pearl Academy, we believe in giving real time experience and the best opportunities to our students. What could have been a better venue than Kala Ghoda Arts Festival for the Pearlites to showcase their talent! Their work has been appreciated and Mumbaikars are now looking forward to more of such talent exhibits by us. We take this as our responsibility to provide the best of Pearl’s legacy to our students as well as the design landscape.” says Ms. Bulbul Chaudhary, Director – Pearl Academy, Mumbai.
Renowned fashion designer and Pearl Academy’s alumnus Vaishali Shadangule, whose collection was also sashayed by the models during the fashion show, said, “It was a great learning experience at Pearl Academy. It’s my pleasure today to showcase my collection here at Kala Ghoda for an institution which has the potential to produce best of the Indian designers.”
The installation – ‘Confluence’ was conceptualized to reflect upon the identity of Pearl Academy that has produced many design innovators, entrepreneurs working with the industry in this glocal world. And, the ‘Canvas Wall’ was the product of Pearlites’ passion which reflected some moments from the festival and some from the city with a touch of Pearl Academy in that.
The magnificent fashion show was put together by 22 alumni of Pearl Academy and was orchestrated by choreographer Achla Sachdev. Overall, the show was based on a central theme ‘Sparsh’. The audience witnessed 60 garments made by Ex-Pearlites under three broad themes – Steel Magnolias, Nomadic Drift and Tokyo Drift. The fashion show had fresh concepts that are futuristic and trendsetting; it showcased budding design leaders of Pearl Academy who are also socially responsible and want to make the world their stage.
But the Surprise element of the entire fashion show was that one major announcement that will change the lives of 10 students – the Full Scholarship for any BA (H) Program and an all-expense paid-trip to Santa Fe Art Fest. To win the scholarship, the student must be a resident of India, should have completed class 12th by June 15, 2015, and should have qualified the Pearl Entrance exam.
Stay tuned for more information on the scholarship.
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The two day filmy extravaganza in the form of Pearl Utsav’15 came to an end at Pearl Academy’s Kukas based campus where students from various education institutes participated in multiple competitions. The 7th Annual Inter-College Cultural Fest of the Academy was based on ‘Bollywood Ishtyle’ theme this year which witnessed over 1000 audiences and participants on 12th and 13th February, 2015. Also, for the first time, international students from Germany, who were already here at the campus, participated in the fest. These students from LDT Nagold University, Germany, were learning the rich art and craft of Rajasthan at the Academy and displayed their products during the fest.
During these two days, students proved their mettle in competitions such as Selfie Contest, Bolly Quiz, Collage Making and Pop Art Graffiti, Talash Star Treasure Hunt, Solo and Group Dance Competition; War of Bands, Make-up Dada and Fashion Show. While on day one the filmy fever soared higher with the fantastic music performance by DJ Yash, the mesmerizing performance by Hare Rama Hare Krishna band and the much awaited fashion show raised the mercury level on day two.
Dr. Veena Dutta, Director-Pearl Academy, Jaipur campus, said, “The energy level of Pearlites and students from other colleges was extremely high. It was their power-packed performances made both the days so lively that it was a different world within the premises of Pearl that these students had created. Pearl Utsav was thoroughly enjoyed by everybody including students, faculty and staff.”
“This fest is for the students, by the students and of the students. We all wish them millions of enjoyable moments and cheers!” added Dr. Dutta.
A new pedagogical initiative by Pearl Academy engaging international students through a rich learning experience in India
The School of Creative Business from Pearl Academy hosted 40 International students from LDT Nagold University, Germany, at its Delhi and Jaipur campus. This industry led and real time project based exchange program commenced from Delhi where these students were taken to many visits, workshops and interactive sessions with the experts like Pearl Global factory, Li & Fung Corporate Office, Moda Cocktail export house and the likes.
Followed by the visit to our Kukas based campus where students learnt various colourful art and crafts of Rajasthan under the guidance of expert Pearl mentors and local artisans. During the workshops, the international students delved deeper and explored the traditional art in textile and jewelry of Jaipur region of Rajasthan. Pearl faculty and local artisans, who are the mentors to these students, taught them the intricate processes of crafts such as Lahriya, Bandhej, Gotta Patti, Dabu print of Bagru, Patwa Kaam, Kundan Meena, Wire Inlay, Lac, Stone Work, Leather Work, et al.
Dr. Veena Dutta, Director, Pearl Academy-Jaipur Campus, said, “Pearl Academy is a part of Laureate International Universities (LIU) network which has more than 80 campus-based and online institutions in 29 countries. We collaborate with our fellow institutions globally to provide international exposure to our students and vice-versa in terms of knowledge sharing, education practices and cultural/student/faculty exchange. The students from LDT are a part of such initiatives and we shall be witnessing more international students visiting our campus in the future to come.”
Clamens, one of the German students said that, “The workshops here at the Academy are more structured and clearer which allows you to learn better from the mentors, practice the methods right after seeing those and take home the beautiful learning that you will never forget. Today, I was a part of Tie-and Die workshop which I knew already, however, not to that extent. It was a wonderful experience to be a part of it and know it better as well as first hand.”
“It feels so nice to know that we will be taking home all the pieces that we will be working on here. I am really excited that I am learning so many things and I will be showing my work to everybody back at home and my school in Germany.” said Karen, another student from LDT at Pearl’s campus.
The students also got to visit Princess Diya Kumari Foundation Society (NGO), People of Bagru Industry, Ankohi Museum and Karigar Khana to gain insights on the rich culture and heritage of Jaipur city.
At the end of the workshop these international students got the chance to showcase their finished products in the category of Fashion and Jewellery.