“Not every Indian designer wins an International acclaim quite that often, but when it does, it makes it big.”
Delhi-based designer Suket Dhir’s brand Suketdhir won the famous ‘International Woolmark Prize’ this January 2016 at the Pitti Uomo (the biannual menswear trade show) in Florence, Italy. The award recognises design excellence using merino wool.
Dhir made it to the list of six finalists from over 70 nominees around the world, before winning the award. He quoted to NY Times on his win “I didn’t expect it, but I was hoping. My god was I hoping. This is the most beautiful and surreal moment for me, my family and all my team back in New Delhi. It is a real game changer for the house of Suketdhir.”
Launched in 2009, the brand wins a cash prize of $70,000, and also partnerships with department stores around the world to sell the winning collection. This award will steady the career ship for fledgling designer’s career. Dhir said that while he wanted to go international, he didn’t have the right contacts. So, this win will provide him the perfect Launchpad to grow his name globally on the fashion circuit.
“The judging panel said it was impressed by the collection’s contemporary take on classic Western tailoring with an Indian twist – homage to the style of his grandfather that marries sharp lines with a romantic sub continental fluidity,” the New York Times report further stated.
In 2014, designer Rahul Mishra also bagged the similar award in the women’s wear category.
Earlier last year, Suket Dhir also shared his valuable inputs with the fashion design students of Pearl Academy Noida. During the chat with the Pearlites, Mr. Dhir quoted the importance of organic fashion in the near future. Dhir also runs a Weddingwear and Womenswear capsule but these are not his priority list.
Check out more of his work: Here
Our quest to find India’s 10 most creative minds through ‘Who’s Next’ scholarship program has come to an end. More than 1700 entries from all over the country were submitted in to win the prestigious scholarship. Adjudged by the ‘Who’s Next’ jury including renowned names from the creative industries – Manish Malhotra, Sussanne Khan, Rahul Mishra, Prof. Vikas Satwalekar, Mohan Neelkantan, Dr. Sanyogeitaa Chaddha and Dr. Priya Mary Mathew, the contestants were marked on various skill sets including their level of creativity, innovation, originality and ability to tackle complex problems. The competition proved to be a great platform for young & dynamic minds who wish to make it big at the top level while studying at Pearl Academy.
Want to know who made it to the top 10 and why! Here is a dope on the innovative ideas submitted by India’s most creative minds:
Sakeena Tayebji’s ‘Khana Do’ initiative was conceptualized keeping in mind only one goal – How could we think out of the box to solve one of the perennial problems – hunger, plaguing the mankind. She makes an attempt which couples human values such as philanthropy, love and caring with cutting edge technology such as smartphones, the internet and social networking.
Md. Umar from Tonk, Rajasthan, presented the idea of making fashionable yet affordable clothing for the ‘mango people’. His dream is to design clothes for people from all walks of life, so that no one has to bend their desires to live the life of their dreams.
Another innovative idea of an Eco-Friendly washroom was presented by Divyansha Rawat who impressed everybody with her unique concept. Her aim through her project is to eradicate the problem of wastage of water by recycling it for using it again.
Ambika Ajmani from Bhopal touched sensitive issues like gender equality and openness, female foeticide and abuse, illiteracy, women empowerment, youth depression, and eradication of poverty. Her vision is to bring a change in the society through collaborated efforts by reaching out to the people who are working on such causes to build a better nation.
Chinar Sharma from Dehradun has taken a beautiful initiative to help the cancer affected patients by designing fashionable clothes for them, which will break the monotony and will provide them a trendy look. Her main aim is to make the patients feel empowered and confident among themselves when they look into the mirror.
Nishtha Singh simply floored the judges with her beautiful creations which she made using the paint brush and colours to the maximum effect. Her artwork is mostly inspired by mythology, mystical and magical things depicting the beauty of nature, flora and animals, especially horses.
Sukriti Garg’s projection of a ‘Chair’ is used in her representation to portray a theme that if a person has just the right knowledge, then for him/her the world is a playground (as it is a chair and a book shelf too). Knowledge will get him the opportunity to showcase his talent to the world.
Shashank Shekher Singh discussed the serious issue of child marriage in his project; with this artwork his aim is to eliminate this evil practice completely from our society. He wants to convey this message that marrying at such an adolescent age can completely spoil the innocence, youth and dreams of a girl child.
India is a big country and is densely populated. The issue of ‘Overpopulation’ has been plaguing our country from a very long time. Garima Singhal made her project on this topic by using lamp as a metaphor to perfectly depict this ever-growing problem. Her aim is to create awareness among the masses related on this complex problem.
This ‘Mumbai ki Chori’ a.k.a Monica A. Vanniyar surely won the hearts of judges. She worked on the given theme – ‘World is my Playground’ in a unique manner. According to Monica, her creativity is the mirror image of herself and she also feels that entertainment is one of the best ways to express your feelings. Beauty of Nature, innocence of happiness, heights of achievements, kingdom of creativity, wisdom of entertainment, colors of emotions, simplicity of hard work are few pointers which were discussed in her presentation.
The projects who won this prestigious scholarship program were unique in concept and also have a mass appeal targeting the larger group of audience. The chosen candidates have won scholarship waiving off the whole tuition fee and an all-expense paid study trip to the USA offered by Pearl Academy.
Heartiest Congratulations to all the winners on making it big with Pearl!
“I was not able to help my sister but then I decided to help all those sisters who face the same problem.” says Kartik Verma whose maiden project ‘Assuage Mom’ took him to the top 3 positions at the Global James McGuire Business Plan Competition. The project that caters to the pregnant and nursing women, has already received huge appreciation at International level for its perfect value proposition and unique target audience.
Kartik is a Level 3 student of Fashion Business Management (FBM) at Naraina campus of Pearl Academy. Talking about the journey of his ambitious project ‘Assuage Mom’, Kartik says, “Assuage Mom was conceptualised in level 2 of my graduation when we were supposed to develop a business plan to fill the market need gap. Many ideas came to my mind but they were not beneficial for the society. So, I thought of listing down the products that would be beneficial for any of my family member. And, that’s when I thought of solving my sister’s problem. She had to think twice before going out with her baby about her clothes and the place. Many a times she ignored outings so that she could feed her baby comfortably.”
‘Assuage Mom’ is an exclusive brand developed to provide clothing for nursing mothers, especially catering to the Indian culture where feeding is considered to be a very private practice. As a brand, Assuage Mom not only fulfils the functional parameters but it is also high on fashion quotient to meet the needs of the contemporary Indian women.
With the rapid increase in number of working women professionals, there is a huge need gap of such products to support them in maintaining a fine balance between personal and professional lives. The idea behind this is to make these super moms look good, confident and not restrict them from their day-to-day activities. She should look a gorgeous and proud mother with no hints of shyness or embarrassment.
Another major USP of the brand is the organic fabric used in manufacturing the garments, which makes them eco-friendly and sustainable. Also, these clothes are skin-friendly, anti-bacterial and softer than cotton that will pamper women during this most important phase of their life.
While designing the product line, factors like comfort and convenience were given utmost priority to provide the mother a soothing experience. These garments will comfort moms in their last trimester of pregnancy and will also prove to be a beneficial option for nursing after delivery.
How it is different from other Maternity Brands? Assuage mom is not a just a maternity wear brand, it is a lot different from all the maternity wear brands present in the market online or offline like Ninematernity, FirstCry, etc. today. The uniqueness of this brand lies in the concept that it takes care of the mother during the period of pregnancy and will carry the same during the nursing phase. The Indian market has yet to experience something of this sort.
Kartik achieved what many would aspire for but the real task is actually a mammoth one and it is standing right in front of him – to prove the worth of his pioneer brand ‘Assuage Mom’ and turn it into a successful venture.
We wish him Good luck for the competition finale and for his future endeavors as well!
***The Global James McGuire Business Plan Competition promotes the entrepreneurial spirit among students at Laureate International Universities Network institutions. This competition has two categories – one for undergraduate students and the other for working adults, graduate students and recent alumni. The team with the best business plan at each participating network institution receives an award established by the local institution. The top six teams in the network (three undergraduate and three graduate/alumni/working adult teams) are invited to a global competition, which takes place at the Annual Laureate Leadership Summit. To know more about the competition, click here: Global James McGuire Business Plan Competition
Three students from the School of Communication Media and Film at Pearl Academy Noida have made the academy proud by winning this year’s international Laureate Impulse Photo Contest. The impressive works by Vijaya Sondhi, Akansha Malhotra and Arohi Jain were adjudged best by the selection panel at Laureate.
The Laureate Impulse Photo contest was open to students across the world. The participating students had to write an inspiring phrase, using one of the impulse words; creativity, clarity, courage or comparison and upload the photograph and the phrase on the Impulse Facebook page. The winners were decided on the basis of total number of likes that they received from all over the world.
Congratulating the winners, Ms. Nien Siao, Director, Pearl Academy-Noida campus, said, “I’m very proud of our students who have stepped up to the challenges of presenting their creative works at international platforms. It is exciting to know that our students are so finely tuned into the digital environment on a global scale. We commend the students’ drive to reach international benchmarks and the confidence to share their visual expressions on an international scale; it speaks volume of what they have learnt in their nourishing academic environment. I am more proud of their attempt and effort to be contemporary, to be progressive creators and to contribute to making the world a richer place with diverse views, while winning the contest is an added bonus.”
Pearl Academy is a member of the Laureate International Universities (LIU) Network, which has a presence in 29 countries serving more than 950,000 students globally.
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|
Hope to see Utsav blow some more minds next year!!!!
Catch more fun HERE
«Pearl Academy partners with WEvolve’s global campaign to create awareness and drive social change on Gender base Violence (GBV)»
We are proud to join hands with WEvolve to spread awareness on Gender based Violence through multiple student driven and participative activities PAN India. Marking the beginning of this partnership, a T-Shirt Design competition was organized by the Academy and WEvolve which churned out innovative designs conceptualized by some of the talented Pearlites across 4 campuses in New Delhi, Noida, Jaipur and Mumbai.
The winners of the competition were announced today at hotel Palladium in Mumbai during the official launch of the WEvolve campaign in India.
Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “Pearl Academy is proud to be a partner of WEvolve. This global campaign is a much needed initiative to bring people together to address, challenge and break through the prevailing norms that underpin gender violence globally. The younger generation can be a catalyst in this process; their conditioning and participation is must for a better tomorrow. The T-Shirt design competition was just the beginning of our partnership with WEvolve. We have many more activities planned to contribute towards the cause.”
Maria Correia, gender expert at the World Bank, a WEvolve founding partner, said, “WEvolve is a collaborative effort, involving many partners. We will work with young men and women to change gender norms that lead to gender-based violence, and we will partner with the creative industries to identify innovative solutions to this intractable issue. We are very pleased to have Pearl Academy as our partner and wish to congratulate the winners of the t-shirt contest – Rituparna Bhattacharjee, Rinkle Paresh Chheda, Riya Ranchhod Patel and Rajni Maallah, and look forward to continuing this partnership.”
The competition winners were chosen by the WEvolve team from several entries sent by the students of Pearl Academy. Whether winners or not, the journey of creating the designs was enlightening for each Pearlite as the student delved deeper into the issue of GBV and it’s impact on the society. WEvolve rewarded the winning designs by printing those on T-Shirts and giving as a souvenier at the launch event to the attendees.
BE OPEN Foundation’s ‘Made in India Competition 2013-14’ gave some unforgettable moments of joy, pride and accomplishment to two Pearlites – Pallav Choudhury from Textile Design (Cohort 2010-14) and Chhavi Porwal from Fashion Design (Cohort 2010-14).
Talented Pallav Choudhary’s idea of contemporary handcraft design ‘Simplicity with a touch of anarchism’ brought home winner’s trophy of Made in India Competition by BE OPEN Foundation. Pallav designed a Scarf collection of dyed fabrics that reflected and resembled the beauty and purity of Pangong Lake in Pangong Tso, his inspiration for this collection. Each scarf is unique hand dyed piece of fabric, which has been delicately folded, resisted and dyed. Earlier in the year, Pallav had also presented a handcrafted scarf to none other than Condoleezza Rice, former US secretary of state, during her visit to India.
Chhavi made Pearl Academy proud by winning the prestigious Made in India competition by BE OPEN Foundation under the category of fashion. Her beautiful collection in black and white colours wowed the jury. The Design Concept of her project deals with the story which travels through the rules followed by universe, which preferably are the methods or solutions of the survival and were discovered and followed by nature itself, where only experience could take us.
Both Pallav and Chhavi won won a cash prize of 1500 dollars each.