With an aim to provide students with relevant industry exposure, Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution in design, fashion, business and media has been partnering with FDCI, the apex body of fashion designers in India for several years now. Enhancing this association, this year too, Pearl Academy has come on board as partner to FDCI’s upcoming India Couture Week, 2018.
Apart from this partnership, Pearl Academy has recently strengthened its alliance with FDCI, to nurture and develop the designers of tomorrow.

The enhanced learning experience includes –
• Setting up of a Designer’s Club with 10 leading members of fashion fraternity under which designers will mentor and inspire a group of students from Pearl Academy. This year’s designer’s club will be held at the Couture Week where 160 students from Pearl Academy will be meeting celebrated designers and stylists and get insights into various aspects of fashion industry. This will also provide a platform for mentoring and counseling the students by the industry experts on various aspects of the fashion industry.
• Idea Generator will be an event hosted by FDCI with fashion experts (designers, editors and stylists) where students from Pearl Academy will participate to delve upon new fashion ideas and future fashion trends. These forecasts will be presented to the industry at the annual show of FDCI – India Fashion Week.
• Brand Moods will be a live & interactive web series where 3 senior designers will talk to Pearl students about their journey from being a label to becoming a successful brand.
• In continuity of the association over last two years, Pearl Academy’s graduating students will continue to showcase their best creations at FDCI’s India Fashion Week.


FDCI President, Sunil Sethi and Fashion Stylist Gautam Kalra with Pearl Academy students at the Designer Club during India Couture Week 2018

Associations with industry seek to create a more well-rounded education that satisfies both the demand for skilled employees and the need for a knowledgeable and engaged professional. The academy’s excellent placement record of over 95% across key sectors is a testament to the same. Around 500 companies have visited Pearl Academy campuses during the current placement season. Leading fashion companies where Pearl students have found placement include Globus, H&M, Myntra, Gucci, Pantaloons and well known fashion brands – Gauri & Nainika, Hemant & Nandita to name a few. Some of the Pearl alumni who have carved a niche for themselves in the fashion industry include Nikhil Mehra of Shantanu&Nikhil designer duo, Mandira Wirk, Sumiran Kabir Sharma (label Annam)
Commenting on the alliance, Mr. Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “I am delighted to take forward our association with Pearl Academy to the next level. Our collaboration with the institute aims to provide students with the knowledge and expertise which goes much beyond the campus environment. Through one to one interaction with renowned designers, the students will get an opportunity to understand the operational aspect of the fashion industry keeping them abreast with the evolving trends. This will open up a plethora of options for them within the fashion domain. I am glad to be part of the process of nurturing young talent who will define the future of fashion and design in the coming years.”

As first appeared on HT City on 1 Aug, 2018

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