Be it in the form of bestseller titles or television series, Hindu mythology and culture is creating waves around the world. But, certainly, there can’t be a better way to depict these elements than through the medium of fashion. #PearlPortfolio saw these elements in full bloom and glory with two very different, yet catchy themes designed by the graduating batch’s designers.
One show was themed around goddess Kali and enthused from the deity’s spirit of fighting evil and winning over the negative forces. ‘Kali Yantra’ was the inspiration behind the designs’; a yantra is a geometric symbol existing in the inner world as well as a subject to be internalised with human consciousness, thus showing the prowess of goddess Kali. Applying the concentric triangles and lotus petal shapes in the silhouettes, the final designs represented a powerful collection echoing off the woman warrior’s fierce autonomy. The designs were infused with LEDs to showcase the ray of hope that comes after destruction – depicting how Kali’s destructive nature is associated with the revival of good after the destruction of evil.
Another graduating designer brought forward her creativity inspired by the ‘mela’ – a Hindu fair or festival. Hindu melas are usually about large gatherings, which give the feel of freedom, excitement and playfulness to an individual. Melas are perceived to be happy occasions where one rejoices in life and forgets about misery and sorrow. This collection was all about positivity and showcased colourful palettes that resonated with the exuberance created by the Indian melas.
On the last day of AIFW17, these budding designers came forward with themes that brought the mythological and cultural values to life in the form of garments at #PearlPortfolio. The collection was well received by the audience as it revived the classical aesthetics and synergised traditional patterns
This year’s Amazon India Fashion Week, India’s most sought-after fashion platform, saw young designers take the centerstage with their skills and knowledge. Pearl Academy’s annual property #PearlPortfolio yet again became a platform to give young students an eclectic vision of the future. A one-of-its-kind space, #PearlPortfolio witnessed some of the finest creations by budding fashionistas and fashion connoisseurs, 350 designers to be precise. Young talent from School of Fashion, Styling and Textiles came together to gain an industry-level experience and produce industry-challenging designs that earned them recognition from leaders and legends on the concluding day of the fashion week.
With innovative ideas like ‘6 Dots’ – a collection prepared specially for the visually impaired with braille tags and ‘Restoration’ – a collection inspired by the Delhi’s monuments and heritage buildings, the participating designers showcased a blend of inspirational and path breaking design hues. The event also saw photography projects from greenhorns, which reflected their inspiration and stimulus. A separate section dedicated to unique themes and issues such as the ecological footprint, DIY hand knit, etc. received appreciation from the jury, parents and visitors alike.
Prominent Fashion Design Council of India faces like Rimzim Dadu, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Nida Mahmood, Priyanka Modi, Divyam Mehta and Rahul Mishra were among the few who experienced the vibrancy and energy brought forth by these young designers.
Industry stalwarts congratulated this talented bunch of designers, photographers and forward thinkers for putting together a spectacular show and making Pearl Academy and FDCI’s #PearlPortfolio 2017 a stellar success.
Check out the work HERE
As the word is out that the fifth day of AIFW AW’17 will present the Pearl Portfolio. Portfolio has been a signature event of Pearl Academy for the last 23 years and has been an annual launch pad showcasing the work of graduating students pursuing their goals in fashion as well as related industries. Day five will witness five shows by the School of Fashion, Styling and Textiles of Pearl Academy, featuring over 600 ensembles by 350+ students.
As Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI stated, “We are delighted to present the Pearl Portfolio as it is a creative space, which fosters fresh ideas through enabling design education. As a leading body that promotes design excellence, this collaboration will give an opportunity to greenhorns, to have an eclectic vision for the future.” Here is just a teaser of some of the path-breaking works of student one can expect to witness at the event.
1. Sabi – This range by Rishikesh Maskar is being curated from an inspiration derived from a Japanese aesthetic of ‘Sabi’ which means ‘The Bloom Of Time & Gradual Degradation Of All Things In Nature’. It talks about how certain things, no matter how old, hold importance in life with all their imperfections due to age. The garments are conceptualized and designed out of waste textiles from factories and katran markets by up-cycling, reconstruction and zero-waste methods which contribute to the sustainability of resources and to minimize the overall textile waste caused due to fast fashion.
2. ‘Rabari’ inspired from the nomads of Gujarat. Student Supriya Jain says, ‘I want to be the source here, to spread knowledge on who are they, and what makes them special as people having been losing the value of what is authentic and what makes India’. Hence, a small Initiative, where she wishes to put herself in their shoes and revamp their clothing, embroidery etc in such a way that even in today’s world, their tribe holds the same value as it did before. The colour palette is inspired by the environment. The fabrics used are 100% handloom; 100%cotton, sheep wool, promoting the power of handlooms.
3.Gyakusetsu(Japanese for Paradox) by Vrinda Arora is a culmination of the old and new, an aesthetic turnover from natural adversities, Japan is the perfect specimen of a cultural paradox. This reflection helps build upon Autumn/Winter 2017-18, a collection aiming to bridge the gap between the extremes, yet coexisting effortlessly
in order to create a distinct identity for a wearer who believes in minimalism and comfort. Taking its silhouette direction from traditional japanese garments,the Kimono and the Hakama, the range has been designed to cater to a
casual/street wear style, keeping the look extremely relaxed. The fabrics included variations of woolen blends both heavy and light weight. The colour palette comprises of soft pinks and lilacs that move towards deep purples and maroons.
4.Student working on ‘Apatani Tribe’ collection says – ‘My inspiration comes from Tribes, it is an autumn winter collection and my collection take cues from the Ancient Culture where the tribes still continue to live a hard and non-materialistic life. This collection uses shawls of Arunachal Pradesh tribes. The garments embrace simplicity have straight silhouettes and warm color story.’
5.‘Raunaq’ by Devyani Kharbanda is a collection that uses nothing but just ‘Katran’. The garments are made out of waste material and developed by using various techniques into interesting surfaces which are usable and wearable.
If this sounds exciting to you, come join us this Sunday at Amazon India Fashion Week to witness more of such ground-breaking work by our graduating batch from Fashion Design and other related courses. Join the EVENT NOW.
Portfolio’15 was all about vision, creativity, innovation and ideas by the students of Pearl Academy that possess a great potential to change the landscape of creative industries. It is a celebration of the several years of hard work of Pearlites. Portfolio’15 presented more than 100 brilliant and innovative designs by its graduating students at Hotel Clarks Amer in the esteemed presence of Manish Malhotra as ‘Guest of Honour’. Manish Malhotra has also associated with the Academy as ‘Mentor’ for the School of Fashion, Styling and Textiles.
Pearlites were at the zenith of their enthusiasm as they were super excited about their final year projects which were put on display during the event. Innovation appeared to be the theme of the event which was perfectly supported by the fabulous installations, projects, presentations, explorations, ensemble, et al by the graduating students from Fashion Design, Textile Design and Jewellery Design courses. Enthralling ramps shows presented by Pearlites were attended by the industry leaders, aspiring designers, students and their parents.
Manish Malhotra was impressed by the ground-breaking creativity of many student projects and said, “The capabilities & artistic calibre of these young students have truly impressed me today. Pearl Academy has done a commendable job in mentoring these kids. Industry demands a constant struggle and it could be safely said that these students have that hunger in them to fight their way forward.”
Dr. Veena Dutta, Director, Pearl Academy-Jaipur, said, “Portfolio’15 is the reflection of all the values that Pearl Academy stands for. It showcases the emerging talent of the graduating batch from Textile Deign, Fashion Design and Jewelry Design. It is with great sense of pride and satisfaction that we are sending out our treasured pearls in the profession world! I congratulate the passing cohorts and the entire Pearl family for achieving another year of success. I wish all graduates a very successful and promising future ahead in whatever they peruse.”
The event was attended by the who’s who of the city including Paritosh Mehta, Founder-Trunks Company; Sunita Shekhawat, Jewellery Designer; Jaykirti Baria, Founder – Jaykirti Textiles; Ayush Kasliwal, and Jane Himmat Singh among many others.
After the towering success of Portfolio’15 in Delhi, Jaipur Portfolio was also a success and garnered admiration from all the corners of industry. Portfolio’15 ended on a high note with awards distribution ceremony for the outstanding work presented by Pearlites.
List of WINNERS from Portfolio’15, Jaipur
Undergraduate Course in Jewellery Design
# Innovative Collection
Neha Singhal for ‘Not Being to Being’
Shriya Aggarwal for ‘Seasons in the Sun’
# Best Commercially Viable Design Collection
Divya Thukral for ‘Hanami (Joy of Cherry Blossom)’
Undergraduate Course in Textile Design
# Most Innovative Collection
Anujyot Jain for ‘Metamorphosis’
# Best Design Collection
Aarushi Arora for ‘Pure’
Post Graduate Diploma in Fashion Design
# Best Design Collection
Nikita Jangir for ‘Wayang Kulit’
Undergraduate Course in Fashion Design
# Most Practical Collection
Aaransha Gupta for ‘Saral’
# Most Innovative Collection
Aashita Jain for ‘Contemporary Armour’
Pooja Vijay Verma for ‘The Post-Apocalyptic Bride’
# Best Design Collection
Shaivya Gupta for ‘La Femme Enfant’
For more glimpses, click here: PORTFOLIO’15 Jaipur
Wow, What a Success! PORTFOLIO 2015, Pearl Academy’s biggest and the most happening event ended on a high leaving everyone craving for more. The 3-day event was a perfect amalgamation of design, creativity and innovation demonstrated by the graduating students of Pearl Academy. All the graduating students from UG and PG courses under School of Communication, Media & Film; School of Design; School of Creative Business; and School of Fashion Styling & Textiles, were enthusiastic to showcase their years of hard-work and dedication at Portfolio’15.
Manish Malhotra, India’s most celebrated costume Designer, was the Guest of Honour at the event. His presence inspired the new crop of budding designers to achieve greater heights in their fields of interest. Manish Malhotra has also associated with the Academy as Mentor of School of Fashion, Styling and Textiles.
New Undergraduate courses in Jewellery Design and Product Design for the Noida campus of Pearl Academy were launched during the event by designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra along with Subhash Bhola, Director, Bhola Sons Jewellery. On Day3, Renowned fashion designers JJ Valaya and Rina Dhaka marked their presence as Chief Guests in one of the ramp shows. The guest list includes many such eminent personalities from the creative industries including Anjan Chakravorty, Design Head, Times of India; Ankur Singh Chauhan, Head & Director-CII (Delhi State); Rinki Singhania, Head-Visual Merchandising, LVMH (Watches & Jewellery); Madhu and Neeraj Manchanda from NM Architects who were present at various activities during the three days of Portfolio’15 at NSIC, Okhla.
Day one set the tempo for the grand event and started with ‘Design Immersion workshops’ conducted for over 1500 students from more than 25 schools across Delhi/NCR. If Day one was about learning and exploration, day two was buzzing with fashion shows, panel discussions and the special guest – Mr. Manish Malhotra. The last and the final day focused on panel discussion, fashion shows and the awards ceremony.
Manish Malhotra was impressed by the innovative creativity of many student projects and said, “The capabilities & artistic calibre of these young students have truly impressed me today. Pearl Academy has done a commendable job in mentoring these kids. The industry demands a constant struggle and it could be safely said that these students have that hunger in them to fight their way forward.”
Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “Portfolio’15 has been our biggest and best Portfolio till date and I’m absolutely delighted to see the response from the industry, students and guests. Pearlites have showcased some of their most creative work using this platform and I’m very proud of each one of them!”
When asked about the changing trends of design education and industry in India, Mr. Mehra quoted “What gives us immense pride is when our students go out in the real professional world, they get acknowledged for their learnings, exposure, skill-set and attitude earned during the academic years at Pearl. The industry recognizes us as best. We also seek its association and work closely to formulate pioneering courses/curriculum to make the design industries grow manifold. With the change in the design landscape in India, we have also evolved into an education provider that provides global professionals with the potential to be the future front-runners of the creative industries.”
Students used this coveted platform to display their innovative and out-of-the-box ideas in the form of installations, projects, presentations, movies, photographs, explorations, ensemble to woo the visitors. Furthermore, mesmerizing ramps shows presented by Pearlites were attended by the industry leaders, aspiring designers, students and their parents.
Unique designs, vibrant colours, enticing themes, lots of music and dance made this season of Portfolio’15, an affair to remember. The event ended on a high note with two breath-taking fashion shows on the last day followed with awards distribution ceremony for the outstanding work presented by Pearlites.