As a part of its tie up with FDCI, Pearl Academy hosted its first Masterclass, with the husband wife designer duo – Pankaj & Nidhi. We had a little tete-a-tete with them, where they took us through their journey, reminiscing about their early days struggle. The duo also conducted an interactive activity with the students to test their creativity. The bunch of students were handed with mystery box with embellishments. The students were supposed to use these embellishments and white T-shirts to create their own design and style. The day was filled with sky-rocketing energies, splendid creativity and interaction that inspired many young and aspiring designers.
On asking about their journey and about Pearl Academy, this is what they had to say –
Watch out as we progress with this alliance and interact with other celebrated designers like Rina Singh Eka, Amit Aggarwal, Nida Mahmood Nida Mahmood and Anju Modi Clothing in coming months.
Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Pearl Academy announced their landmark collaboration to offer India’s best fashion programs. This was announced at the finale of Pearl Academy’s annual graduating event, Portfolio 2016 on May 8, 2016 in presence of ace designers Manish Malhotra, David Abraham, Rohit Gandhi, Rahul Mishra.
FDCI, the apex body of fashion design in India with over 400 members including Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi, JJ Valaya, Namrata Joshipura, Anju Modi, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Manish Arora etc and Pearl Academy, leading design institute with a legacy of over two decades and centers in Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Jaipur have come together to nurture and develop the designers of tomorrow.
An industry first, Pearl Academy graduating fashion students will show their final collections at the Amazon India Fashion Week. FDCI will be conducting masterclasses for Pearl Academy’s Faculty and expose them to the latest trends and techniques in the fashion industry. Regular FDCI events will be hosted at Pearl Academy campuses where by designer members, trend forecasters and fashion editors will teach and mentor students. This unique initiative has been taken by the fashion industry to shape future designers.
Speaking at the occasion, Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI who has always shown deep interest in education said, “This is a momentous juncture, as for the first time the entire fashion design council is undertaking such a deep engagement with an institution. We are very proud to be associated with Pearl Academy. I find them to be forward looking, innovative and leaders in design education. Their student work has been outstanding and I am confident that it will be further enhanced with this association. It is an opportunity for FDCI to shape the industry for tomorrow and this alliance is a first step in that direction.”
Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, added, “We have been associated with FDCI for multiple events but this association is a historic one and will change the face of fashion education. We welcome all the leading designers from FDCI to be a part of Pearl Academy and help mentor Pearlites to be future ready.”
A non-profit organisation, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), is the apex body of fashion design in India, represented by over 350 members. Founded on the premise of promoting, nurturing and representing the best of fashion and design talent in the country; its prime objective is to propagate the business of fashion. FDCI stays true to its commitment to promote the ‘Make in India’ label as handlooms take center stage, in a country, who’s heritage is soaked in the flavours of indigenous crafts.
As the winter winds gently whisper in your ears, you can feel the Delhi fashion circuit heating up. FDCI’s AMAZON INDIA FASHION WEEK in its 26th edition, promised a riveting ride . The Amazon India Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2016 was held at the NSIC Grounds, from Oct 7-11, 2015. Being Asia’s largest fashion and trade platform, the event offered thought-provoking ideas through conversational pieces of fashion in an attempt to handcraft it for a global audience by creating timeless portraits.
The buzz around `Made in India’ campaign labeled a visual documentation of what lies at the core of our aesthetics. This season’s edition featured an impressive list of 115 established style gurus as well as novices, from all across the country. The fashion week showcased works of some of the most well-known & ace designers like Rohit Bal, Rahul Khanna, Rohit Gandhi, Gauri & Nainika, JJ Valaya, Malini Ramani, Manish Arora, Namrata Joshipura, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Â Sabyasachi, and Tarun Tahiliani.
With 30 runway shows that engineered a unique language, dripping with indigenous crafts, modern luxury and counter-cultural influences. Mirroring what young India aspires for, as the new ‘cool’ meets engaging authenticity, this edition had over 100 designer stalls at the exhibit area.
The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) is known for its precision in scouring untapped potential and for giving new-found creative geniuses a lucrative opportunity, catapulting them to fame. The new set of designers challenged the status quo of the industry and the energy at the event was palpable. The talented bunch of Pearlites also made their presence felt at the premier event and set the stage on fire with their amazing collections, cool quotient, and stylish dresses.
Vaishali S, Vineet Bahl, Shweta Jain, Aditya Dugar are among the few lucky ones who presented their masterpieces on the ramp in front of industry big shots. Their scintillating collections were widely appreciated by the fashion conscious crowd. The fashion week was all about how to be minimalistic, stylish, and glamorous at the same time. The designers focused mostly on subtle colours, compact designs, earthen and peaceful colours and lots of hi-fashion appetite.
Vineet Bahl, the talented young designer and ex-Pearlite worked on the theme ‘Through the Looking Glass’ that consisted of bright summer appropriate tunics layered with basic whites and dressed with oriental inspired motifs. He focuses on the concept of fluidity and believes his collections needs to be fluid enough, so that it could be worn by anyone and everyone. At AIWSS’16, he presented some jaw-dropping fluid, androgynous and yet feminine collections. He chose minimal floral patterns which denoted femininity and oversized tops which denoted gender fluidity.
Vaishali S, another gifted designer rocked the ramp with her spell-binding yet subtle collections based on the concept of ‘Yajna’, the transformation of one form of energy into another. Vaishali is popular for merging Western attire with Indian intricate designs. Her admirable skills at merging the two sides of the world; Indian and Western, is remarkable. She has also clothed famous fashion divas like Sonam Kapoor, Vidya Balan and Tanisha Mukherjee. She has delicately put together simplicity and finesse in her work. For Vaishali S, SS16 minimalism didn’t mean minimal options. It is remarkable how Vaishali captured the modernity, the airiness and the immediateness of the creations with a traditional fabric like hand-woven khadi. The effect was quietly impressive and this talented lady is sure to find buyers queuing up to place orders! So let’s take a look at Vaishali’s collection for Amazon India Fashion Week Summer/Spring 2016 –
This ensemble could be great for those who like to keep their style simple and yet stylish.
Aditya Dugar, ex-alumna of Pearl Academy presented his collection on the 3rd day of the Amazon India Fashion Week which began with the much-awaited Hi-5 show, featuring young talent of the fashion world. Mr. Dugar showcased his first women’s wear line having clean silhouettes and intricate details for Spring-Summer ’16. This young talented lad stunned the audience with his mind-blowing creations and made dhoti pants make a comeback in versatile silhouettes.
Other alumni of Pearl Academy Divyam Mehta, Manish Gupta, Rimzim Dadu, Shipra Jain, Ruchika Sachdeva, and Priyanka Modi had also set up different stalls at the Amazon India Fashion Week. The creativity quotient was certainly a few notches higher during the event which was full of style and glamour.
The grand finale of the Amazon India Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2016 (AIFW) was held on Sunday night, with “Born in Banaras” as the theme. There were 16 designers who showcased their interpretations of Banaras on the final day. The first half was all about western silhouettes, with the likes of Namrata Joshipura presenting a black-and-golden brocade trench coat, a jumpsuit and a long dress with a slit. Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna stuck to their signature silhouettes. Banaras is a chaotic, colourful, thrilling city, a dichotomy of sorts between what was and what is. The AIFW finale couldn’t have asked for more, as the event ended on a high with ample brouhaha from the tipsy audience!
«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.
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.
«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.