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.