Monthly Archives: March 2015

Bollywood’s favourite designer Mumtaz Khan at Pearl Academy, Jaipur

Bollywood’s favourite designer Mumtaz Khan at Pearl Academy, Jaipur

Mumtaz Khan, a very well-known name in the Bollywood fraternity, was at Pearl Academy today. He shared his experiences with the aspiring designers and enlightened them on some trade tricks. More than 200 Pearlites studying Fashion Design (UG and PG courses) attended the session at Academy’s Kukas based campus.

Mumtaz laid stress on research and knowledge and suggested to the students, “Explore and research as much as possible. Feed your brain with the right kind of knowledge and exposure appertaining domestic and international markets of fashion domain. One must know the fabric as this is the base of the design that one will create. And if one aspires to become a couture designer, remember to use the weave and hand-loom which is indigenous, rich yet have a global appeal.”

The world of fashion is very competitive. Make sure you hone your communication skills well. Work out on personality for that vital first impression. Develop good relations with the industry as they will be offering business to you in the future.” guided Mumtaz to the students.

Dr. Veena Dutta, Director, Pearl Academy-Jaipur Campus, said, “At Pearl Academy, such workshops are an interesting way to break the monotony of routine classes. Also, these sessions allow students to have an industry exposure that enhances their knowledge and skills apart from refreshing their interest in the subject. We really thank Mumtaz to take out time from his busy schedule and come down to the Academy to share his experiences with the Pearlites.

Mumtaz also mentioned that he will be presenting two garments based on Ghera work of Rajasthan on the occasion of ‘Rajasthan Diwas’ to set a world record. The fabric used in these garments is more than 1000 meters.

Mumtaz has done 20 national international fashion weeks and is renowned for using tribal prints and cotton on the ramp. He has done designing for names such as Shahwar Ali, Zulfi Syed, Jessi Randhawa, Anchal Kumar, Miss Universe Poland Marcela Chmielowska, Miss India World Natasha Suri, Big Boss fame Diandra Soares and many more including numerous South Indian actors and actresses. Mumtaz also recreated lot of historical Indian characters and did extra ordinary costumes for theatre such as Merchant of Vanice, Dropdi dance drama Maya, etc.

/ Read Article /
by in / Amazon Fashion Week
No peoples think this is good

Day 4 at Amazon Fashion week

«Submitted by Lavanya, Student at Pearl Academy, Delhi»


The fourth day of the ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week here saw a glimpse of two different worlds through the collection of Pia Pauro, and a range by designer trio Viral, Ashish and Vikrant and the collection by bodice.

Pauro came up with a boho-chic collection titled ‘Riders On the Storm’. The collection took the audience on a wild Savannah. Inspired by Navajo, a folkart, her collection was rural yet underlined with contemporary and style quotient.

Models were seen wearing elaborated quirky head-gears with intricate details with feathers which gave a very tribal feel to her collection. The collection varied from Wrap dresses, kaftans to lehngas and sarees and not to miss out on the cocktail dresses which were entirely hand embroidered in cut-work embroidery. She made use of cotton and silk with the color palette that looked inspired from Arizona desert and  the rocky mountains. Colors like yellow, burnt orange, pepper pink, cornflour blue, bone white and khaki were used in her collection. The embroideries were inspired by appliques in horse motifs and tipis.

All in all, it was a collection people would love to get their hands on to. It was simply phenomenal.

The other collection “Virtues” by Viral, Ashish and Vikrant was a romance between Military and Steam-punk with an Indian touch.  This combination was highly appreciated and was visually very appealing. The inspiration was derived from Terrorism. Yes, terrorism and how the military saves us from evil. Hence, the camouflage prints to indicate their lives. Just like military is divided into different sections, the collection was also separated through colours like green, yellow and brown. Soft subtle embroideries of zardozi were seen on the long flowy silhouettes. Mirrors and silk thread is used on satin, georgette and chanderi. Black Spectacles and fancy ear covers made the collection even more eloquent.

Later that evening, audience witnessed “Bodice”. A bodice  historically, is an article of clothing for women, covering the body from the neck to the waist. In modern usage it typically refers to a specific type of upper garment common in Europe during the 16th to the 18th century, or to the upper portion of a modern dress to distinguish it from the skirt and sleeves. Vouge India Fashion Fund presented Bodice that showcased an admirable collection on the ramp with great pride. The collection had interesting pallet of pastel colors and the designs were inspired by the modern day women.

/ Read Article /
Creative Career Conclave hits Bhopal with an array of New-Age Careers and Immense Possibilities in the Design World

Creative Career Conclave hits Bhopal with an array of New-Age Careers and Immense Possibilities in the Design World

Pearl Academy Jaipur hosted their latest round of Creative Career Conclave (CCC) at Hotel Residency in Bhopal. An initiative of Pearl Academy, CCC is a platform to bring the representatives from creative industries face to face with the parents and students to sort the latters’ queries, doubts and fears regarding a career in the design domain. The conclave was attended by a well-regarded panel of creative minds from the world of design and fashion including Mr. Mumtaz Khan, Fashion Designer; Mr. Ashish Bhattacharya, Architect & Interior Designer and Founder- Designing Cell (Bhopal); and Mr. Ajit Bhandari, Fashion & Lifestyle Accessory Designer, Design Consultant and Academician, who guided more than 150 audiences.

Dr. Veena Dutta, Director, Pearl Academy-Jaipur campus, said, “Creative Career Conclave is an initiative that addresses parents and students’ curiosity and apprehensions on the options beyond the conventional careers. Basis each individual’s creative intelligence, the world of design has so many careers to offer the aspirants that would not only make the designers grow in India but also open a gateway for them to work with intellectuals at foreign shores. Through such conclaves, our larger agenda is to create a direction for students, looking at opting for careers that might not be seen as the most favorable ones due to the lack of information on the kind of future that they might have after pursuing a creative course in various fields of design, creative businesses and fashion.”

At the Conclave, each of the esteemed personalities addressed the students, giving insights into prolific ways to use their innovative bent of mind. The conclave was well received by all the participants who expressed their interest in future conclave and interactive platforms of similar nature.

 

/ Read Article /
by in / Amazon Fashion Week
No peoples think this is good

Day 3 at Amazon Fashion Week

«Submitted by Lavanya, student at Pearl Academy, Delhi »


The day started with an incredible collection by Paromita Banerjee who showcased Bora part-2. Her work was truly inspiring in many ways. Her work is primarily influenced by the concept of “hand-made” hand loom fabrics. The color scheme was  radiantly gloomy with a comprehensive use of complimentary colors. The highlights of the show were the reversible coats. While we spoke to people about her collection, Abheer Gupta said “ it’s interesting to see how Paromita manages to put her work together and while you are wondering how does it go together , there she is putting bewildering the audience!”

The next collection was by Tanvi Kedia, her collection of ethnic wear had extensive effervescent colors and the detailed work was more than flattering.

One of my favorite collection showcased was ‘JamaliKamali’ by Anupama dayal, Her work had a lot of prints and to my surprise after talking to her kids Teesta and Neel Dayal we were informed that all the prints were handmade first by Anupama Dayal herself and then block printed on the fabrics. The colors used were very alluring and expressive.

Sanchita’s collection had a wide use of flare work on sleeves with minimal embellishments around it.  A lot of distorted prints were used which visually looked very appealing and interesting.

We also got a chance to speak to the famous designer Anikta who didn’t showcase this year but she spoke about her collection ‘saaj’ which has been inspired by ice-cream colors and geometric patterns.

/ Read Article /
Creative Career Conclave Throws Light On Unconventional New-Age Careers in Kanpur

Creative Career Conclave Throws Light On Unconventional New-Age Careers in Kanpur

Our Noida campus hosted their latest round of Creative Career Conclave at Hotel Royal Cliff in Kanpur. An initiative of Pearl Academy, CCC is a platform to bring the representatives from creative industries face to face with the parents and students to sort the latters’ queries, doubts and fears regarding a career in the design domain. Mr. Rajeesh Ravindran, Strategist & Research Expert; Ms. Shrishti Bajaj, Founder & Director, Designbait and Ms. Usha Iyer, Advertising professional and Design Educator, were the esteemed speakers at the conclave and addressed an audience of more than 150 students and parents.

Ms. Nien Siao, Director, Pearl Academy-Noida campus, said, “Creative Career Conclave is an initiative that addresses parents and students’ curiosity and apprehensions on the options beyond the conventional careers. Basis each individual’s creative intelligence, the world of design has so many careers to offer the aspirants that would not only make the designers grow in India but also open a gateway for them to work with intellectuals at foreign shores. Through such conclaves, our larger agenda is to create a direction for students, looking at opting for careers that might not be seen as the most favorable ones due to the lack of information on the kind of future that they might have after pursuing a creative course in various fields of design, creative businesses and fashion.”

At the Conclave, each of the esteemed personalities addressed the students, giving insights into prolific ways to use their innovative bent of mind. The conclave was well received by all the participants who expressed their interest in future conclave and interactive platforms of similar nature.

 

/ Read Article /
by in / Amazon Fashion Week
No peoples think this is good
New Age Courses in E-Com and Indian Couture Launched at Amazon India Fashion Week A/W 2015

New Age Courses in E-Com and Indian Couture Launched at Amazon India Fashion Week A/W 2015

In India, E-tailing is expected to grow to $32 billion by 2020 and ethnic wear industry is set to grow by 8.4% i.e. USD 11.63 billion over the next decade as per a recent report by Technopak. These industry statistics clearly indicate that the need of skilled entry and mid-level professionals will be more than ever in these domains in the near future.

In sync with the evolving Indian market and its requirements, Pearl Academy, India’s leading design, fashion and creative business higher education institute, launched UG and PG courses in Fashion & Lifestyle E-Commerce (FLE) and Indian Couture (IC) at Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW), Autumn Winter, 2015, at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The courses were launched by noted fashion designer and couturier Mr. JJ Vallaya; President of Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) Mr. Sunil Sethi, and CEO of Pearl Academy Mr. Sharad Mehra.

 

Introducing the Indian Couture Course, ace fashion designer Mr. JJ Vallaya said, “India is the biggest market for Indian couture and a dedicated course on this was much required. Pearl Academy has always been known for offering unique courses defining the future of fashion. I am glad that the Academy has taken the lead in formulating a specialized course for Indian Couture. Also, as E-Commerce is what we are heading towards, a balanced amalgamation of technology and craft is the need of the hour.

Mr. Sunil Sethi, President-Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), launched the Fashion & Lifestyle E-Commerce Courses and said, “The business of Fashion has evolved immensely in the last decade, especially the shift from four walls of stores to the ever expanding online medium. We are glad that Pearl Academy has pioneered new age courses in this domain to boost E-Tailing’s growth.”

Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “Pearl Academy has always been a pioneer in introducing courses that are futuristic and help shape the design, fashion and business landscape of India. We are extremely excited to introduce specialised courses in Fashion & Lifestyle E-Commerce and Indian Couture along with the industry. We are looking forward to train fresh talent which will further strengthen growth of these industries.

 The international, industry integrated 3 year BA Honours and 2 year PG Diploma Courses of FLE and one year PG Professional Diploma in Indian Couture have been exclusively devised to churn out highly competent and global professionals for the E-Commerce and Indian wear sectors.

/ Read Article /
by in / Amazon Fashion Week
No peoples think this is good
Day 2 at Amazon Fashion Week

Day 2 at Amazon Fashion Week

«Submitted by Lavanya, student at Pearl Academy, Delhi »

«Photo Courtesy : Ashna Khan and Lavanya, students at Pearl Academy, Delhi»


Today while the audiences were witnessing some great talent at the venue, Pearl Academy launched two new courses just before Amit Aggarwal’s show. UG and PG programs in Indian Couture and Fashion & Lifestyle E-commerce  were announced by the industry stalwarts like JJ Valaya(a prominent Indian Fashion Designer), Sunil Sethi(President of FDCI) along with our CEO, Mr.Sharad Mehra . After a lot of research within the industry, a vital need for professionals in these areas was observed along with an evident scope of job opportunities in coming years, and hence the need of such courses in the market to develop and nurture such experts.

“it is interesting how the bulk of the market offers Indian aesthetics however none of the colleges offer a professional course, and after a lot research and market study it is evident that there will be around 15,000 job openings within the next 5 years for professionals in E-Commerce.”, as were the words of Sharad Mehra.

We also had students from our Jaipur campus and LDT Nagold, Germany as a part of this grand launch. Overall, it was a great opportunity for students to interact with Sunil Sethi and JJ Valaya and it was overwhelming to see their excitement as we launched these much-needed courses.

The evening was then followed by Amit Aggarwal’s amazing show. Different silhouettes with the mix of materials like straws and Organdy fabric created a spectacular show with brilliant choreography and music.

Later in the evening, Abraham andThakore’s collection was a pure take on how black was going to be the color of 2015, the impeccable mix of Indian and western couture. His patchwork, fine use of zips and embellishments were more than complimentary and a treat to the eyes for many.

/ Read Article /
by in / Amazon Fashion Week
No peoples think this is good

Day 1 at Amazon Fashion Week

«Submitted by Pearlites Ashna Khan and Lavanya, edited by Kajol Arora»


 

The biggest fashion event in Delhi has finally begun, and did it start with a bang? Well, definitely YES. Wills and FDCI have separated after 9 years of amazing shows and FDCI has now collaborated with Amazon to bring to you the spectacular – AMAZON INDIA FASHION WEEK. Amazon fashion week showcases works from some of the most amazing designers, from old gold’s like Rajesh Pratap Singh, JJ Valaya, Gaurav Gupta to fresh designers showing off the talents of the youth. About a 100 designers are showcasing their work at this great event and we at Pearl Academy are the proud academic partners for the event.

Here, let’s recap what day 1 looked like.

A lot of chanderi, polki, block printing and various other indian handicrafts were seen in the different stalls of various designers. There was a lot of creativity seen in the setting of the stores, such as Amit Aggarwal who used straws to make chandeliers while Aneet Arora’s stall had a creative use of dolls.

We also saw great social support from Elle, who launched a campaign called ELLE BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN. Harper Bazaar was also seen supporting and displaying khandi products.

The Opening show was of Rajesh Pratap Singh, followed by Nikasha/Payal Singha, Kavita Bhartia, Anju Modi and JJ Valaya.

We must confess that Rajesh Pratap’s opening show was breathtaking. The show wasn’t really like the usual shows, he used a strategy never seen before. The theme of his show was “We are born in hospitals, we die in hospitals and then there is everything in between”. There were a number of hospital beds placed along the ramp. With his usual minimalist approach, the line had brilliant cuts, fabulous hand-woven fabric and prominent prints. The colours used went well with the theme, all on the lines of white along with shades of black. Checks, distorted polka dots and unbalanced prints were very prominent. His designs had a global appeal yet the style remained passionately Indian.

On interviewing Nasir Abdullah, Actor, he said that he absolutely loved the show and has never seen anything better. Sonalika Sahay (model), Pooman Vasudeva (designer) and Pooja Kapur (designer) seemed to agree to the show’s brilliance!

Day one definitely left us in awe, hoping for some more action in coming days. Stay tuned!

Some of the stylish people we encountered at the event are as follows, feel free to get inspired 🙂

Bela Ameen draped it off really well!Bela

Divya Arora had a very chic yet classy look topped with the hat!

Divya

 

Anupam Chatterjee – white shirt, drappy pants, scarf and parrot green slippers… that is the look!

Anupam

/ Read Article /
by in / SIDE Project
No peoples think this is good
SIDE’s International Residency on ‘Precarious Body & Work’

SIDE’s International Residency on ‘Precarious Body & Work’

SIDE, an initiative of Pearl Academy, has become even more interesting this time with the inflow of national and international artists for the current residency at the Academy’s Kukas based campus.

SIDE with Rashmi Munikempanna and four international practitioners Guliz Saglam, Joanna Figiel, Amirtharaj Stephen and Maria Juliana Byck are investigating ‘Precarious Body and Work’ through this residency program. Under the same, these practitioners who have travelled from different parts of world to be a part of SIDE’s Residency, made a presentation at Mool Foundation’s premises. This was the first public presentation of SIDE where the residents engaged with the people from diverse fields who share the common interest of addressing and raising voice against prevailing social issues.

 ‘Precarious Body and Work’ is the first six week-long residency of SIDE that started at Pearl Academy’s campus in Kukas on 20th February, 2015. The objective of ‘Precarious Body And Work’ is to explore the conditions of work, ideas around wages, the factory, the school, the city, the mall. In this residency, the practitioners have come together to see how they can across the borders deepen their understanding of conditions that allow them to work or not work. The residency has been proven beneficial for the participating students as they get exposed to multiple cultures expanding their creativity quotient as well as sensitizing the Pearlites on social issues.

All four practitioners on the residency aim to bring positive change in the society through their work. Amirthraj Stephen (Documentary photographer, India) has been documenting the anti-nuclear protests taking place at Koodankulam village of Tamil Naidu in India; Joanna Figiel (Researcher, Activist, UK/ Poland) has been working on issues of labor for artists; Guliz Saglam (Filmmaker, Video Activist, Turkey) has been making films on women and labor issues in Istanbul and Maria Juliana Byck (Artist, New York) has been looking at care work and migration in different parts of the world.

 Rashmi Munikempanna, Researcher, Facilitator, India, said, “The Residency has been designed to enable students and local communities to interact with different practices from different parts of the world and from India. Part of this is the understanding that a lot of what we encounter in our lives in India is impacted on by global forces. The Residency provides for the space to explore, think through, question and articulate the conditions that we find ourselves in.

Guliz Saglam, Filmmaker, Video Activist, Turkey, said “As an activist I am a part of the feminist movement in Istanbul. I have made these films to share women work conditions and women solidarity campaigns. Most of these stories are not shared widely, and I choose to document these stories and share these movements with as many people as possible. I am interested in finding possible ways of solidarity among women around the world. Hopefully students will start to look at the women movements that are happening in India.

 Joanna Figiel, Researcher, Activist, UK/ Poland, said, “The current residency here at SIDE is meant to allow students to experience – beyond the current curriculum at Pearl – new ways of gaining knowledge and different ways of thinking about the nature of issues such as precarity, work, and labour in the particular setting of Jaipur. Our activities here as residents and our interactions with students are meant to open multiple discussions relating, among other things, to the students’ position as both consumers and products of the higher education system, but also (soon-to-be) workers entering the labour market.

Amirtharaj Stephen, Documentary Photographer, India, said, “As an independent photographer I was able to spend a lot of time along with the people’s movement in Koodankulam (Tamil Nadu). This movement has been going on for over 1300 days and has not been documented properly by the mainstream media. I have taken my photographs into the streets and public spaces to share these issues with the general public, to inform and have a dialogue. We need to care for each other and be informed about such conditions. Many people are not even informed about ‘Fukushima’ which is very surprising to me. I’m sharing with the students how the image travels and how can we design the communication around it.

Maria Juliana Byck, Artist, New York, said, “I work in community engagement through social practice. I hope that students will see that there are many creative ways to engage with the world around them, that they will be inspired to see life from different perspectives, and begin to speak, listen, and share with others in new ways.

Concluding the session, SIDE team made an OPEN CALL for projects. Ideas around Work, Failure, Productivity, Organizing, Body, among many will be considered by the team for workshops, events, and other possible engagements.

SIDE is a post-academic space. It organized its first residency project in November 2014 and then onwards SIDE has generated interest amongst artists in national and international communities.

 About SIDE

SIDE, an initiative of Pearl Academy is an organic community space for learners, educators, and practitioners from all disciplines. It is located on the Pearl campus in Kukas, a peri-urban area of Jaipur City. SIDE is organized in a way that learners form organic connections with resident practitioners. SIDE engages with learners in different roles as apprentices, participants as well as organizers for different programs.

Utilizing collaborative and participatory models SIDE seeks to develop a critical understanding of contemporary through the accessible and effective lens of Work.

/ Read Article /
Unplugged Kanan, Heartthrob Mustafa and Break-free Sunburn Campus at Pearl Utsav’15

Unplugged Kanan, Heartthrob Mustafa and Break-free Sunburn Campus at Pearl Utsav’15

College is one of the most exciting and important phases in anyone’s life. During this period, a student comes across several experiences, and learns new things. One of such experiences is college festival which is not just for fun but adds value to a student’s academic life.

We along with our students support recently organized our annual inter-college fest – Pearl Utsav, at Talkatora Stadium which witnessed over 2700 students from more than 30 colleges competing in a spectrum of events and enjoying various performances at the fest.

The day began with Inter-collegiate competitions in Music, Photography, Fashion Parade, Dance and Drama. The celebrated stand-up comedian Kanan Gill enthralled the audience and took the fest forward later in the evening. Artist Mustafa Zahid of the Roxen Band followed Gill delivering a spectacular musical performance. The evening went fiery when Sunburn Campus played music and the gathering could no longer resist dancing.

The day was well planned by the PlanClan, student body of the Academy, and the execution was flawless coupled with great zeal and fervor from participants. The attendees included students from colleges all over Delhi/NCR and the neighbouring areas such as Guru Gobind Singh College, JIMS, Jindal Global Law School, Bhartiya Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Daulat Ram College, Ramjas College, IGDTU, Guru Teg Bahadur College, Venkateshwar College and Guru Gobind Singh College among others. The event offered the participants an opportunity to exchange ideas and display their talent on a bigger platform. The winners of competition were rewarded generously; list of winners is as follows:

 

S. No. Competition Name Name of College Prize
1 Unplugged wars Guru Gobind Singh College Winner
2  Nukkad Natak Bhartiya Vidyapeeth College of Engineering Winner
Daulat Ram College Winner
3 Razzmatazz Guru Teg Bahadur College Winner
Venkateshwar College Runners-up

 

Hope to see Utsav blow some more minds next year!!!!

 

Catch more fun HERE

 

 

/ Read Article /