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#PearlWrap – Pearl Academy’s roundup of events, student achievements and more… - Pearl Academy

The year 2018 marks 25 years of creativity and innovation of Pearl Academy. While we take this opportunity to celebrate the spirit, commitment and exuberance of students, faculty and staff alike who have contributed their bests to the successful 25 years of creative impact, we are excited to achieve several other milestones in the next 25 years and many more to come.
The last month saw the corridors of all our campuses echoing with anxiety and excitement as our graduating students presented their final year projects and collections in front of the jury members – a stepping-stone towards Pearl Portfolio.

Pearl Portfolio is not just a platform to display the work of our graduating students, but a showcase of more reasons than one. It is a calling to all creative minds to come together and witness the potential that lies ahead in the fields of design, fashion, business and media. This year, our students set the bar high by displaying creations that were one of a kind and contributed to the betterment of the society in many ways. Here is a brief of the Portfolios held at our four campuses – Jaipur, Noida, Delhi and Mumbai.

Jaipur Portfolio
The event was hosted at Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre, Jaipur on 4th of May. The one-day event included an exhibition of ingenious projects by students from School of Design and School of Fashion. The name behind some of the biggest fashion shows in the country, well-known fashion stylist and choreographer, Prasad Bidapa was the chief guest at the event. A group of intellectuals, creative aspirants, and budding talents from the country gathered at the event to discuss about the future of fashion and design. The event ended with the award ceremony felicitating the works of the students. Click here for a visual treat!

Noida Portfolio
Noida Portfolio, the first of its kind, hosted at our state-of-the-art Noida campus was a 2-day exhibition held on 4th and 5th of May. Day 1 witnessed the coming together of students from various schools across the city to participate in creative workshops.
On Day 2, the exhibition was followed by an intriguing panel discussion – ‘Failing to succeed’ with industry leaders Madhav Raman, co-founder of Anagram Architects; Mohor Roy, Director, brand ideation & content lead designer at Codesign and Sumit Dagar, Design thinker, entrepreneur and product design lead at 1mg, among others. The event ended with an award ceremony felicitating the works of the students. Here’s a sneak peek of the event.

Luxury Portfolio
This year, our students from Luxury Brands and Global Luxury Brand Management, presented their dissertations at DLF Emporio, India’s finest luxury retail destination, on 9th May. The event was graced by Kalyani Saha Chawla, former VP Marketing, Christian Dior; Neha Lidder, Marketing Head, DLF Emporio; and Ambica Ranger, Store Manager, Louis Vuitton, DLF Emporio. From introducing ‘vegan’ leather as a luxury material to launching ‘tea’ as a luxury commodity, our students had some of the most innovative and sustainable business ideas. Here’s what happened at Luxury Portfolio.

Mumbai Portfolio

The event encompassing panel discussions, eye-catching exhibits by graduating students, a dance recital and a fashion show, was hosted at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Goregaon on 11th of May.
Mumbai by design: The Creative Surge – a panel discussion on how students can contribute towards transforming Mumbai into a more inclusive and equal city, saw the coming together of various eminent personalities and experts from the industry.
A special panel discussion called ‘WEconomy’, was conducted in the World Café format, to discuss the emerging trends of modern economy, the rise of new business models and conceptualization of the term WEconomy.
The evening of Mumbai Portfolio was devoted to a grand fashion show, curated by the Fashion Design and Fashion Media Makeup students.
The award ceremony, felicitating the best works of the students, marked the end of this mega event. Here’s a glimpse.

Delhi Portfolio
The event was graced by Jaya Jaitly, politician and former President of Samata Party; Vivek Vaswani, actor, director and producer; and Kalyani Saha Chawla, entrepreneur and former VP marketing, Dior India, at our Rajouri Garden campus on the 11th and 12th of May. Apart from the incredible exhibition, interesting workshops and intriguing panel discussions, school students were invited to explore their creativity during various workshops such as television anchoring, communicating fashion through visuals, portrait photography, scrap metal welding and more. Here’s a recap of #DelhiPortfolio 2018.

Let’s take a look at what our students have achieved.
• Nitika Panjwani, Fashion Design student from Jaipur was selected as the official choreographer for the grand finale of ‘Mrs. India North Star’ pageant which was held on May 6, 2018 at Grand Uniara Heritage Hotel, Jaipur.
• Manavi Purohit, a student of Fashion Design (2014-18) has been offered $12900 scholarship to pursue Master of Fine Arts in Atlanta, USA. She has chosen menswear and costume design as her major subjects.
• Abhishek Tyagi, pursuing Journalism and Mass Media, made a documentary on Pearl Academy’s initiatives with Purkal Youth Development Society.
• UG & PG Journalism and Mass Media students interviewed politicians in the Aam Aadmi Party and covered the Kathua rape protests through videos.
• Students of Journalism and Mass Media created an online journal called ‘Pearl Media Journal’ to record all their journalism work and initiatives. Here’s the link to the journal –
• Illustrations created by Tanya Saggi, a student of Fashion Media Communication (2011-15) will be published in the May 2018 issue of ‘ELLE India’.
• The students of School of Business worked closely with the team of Jahan-e-Khusrau – the annual ‘World Sufi Music Festival’ held at Arab Ki Sarai, Humayun’s tomb, designed and directed by filmmaker & painter Muzaffar Ali. As festival volunteers, 25 students of School of Business worked in the following profiles – production operations, artist management, visitor management and flow of visitors. The event was scheduled from March 9 – 11, 2018.
• Nitika Panjwani and Simrit Bindra, Fashion Design students from Jaipur were awarded ‘Young Entrepreneurs Award’ for their clothing and accessories brand ‘Dhhaage’.
• UGFD student from Noida, Supreet Kaur’s creations were worn by Ms. India Urvashi Rautela at a recent promotional event.

• Neelakshi Yadav, a student of Fashion Media Communication (2015 -19) got featured in a TV commercial (Wild Vitamin Drink) as a Martial Artist.
• UG Journalism and Mass Media students Vedika Sharma, Swati Luthra and Mahima Hasija participated in a conversation in The Print (news website) with congress leader Digvijay Singh hosted by Journalist Shekhar Gupta.

Here are some of the Faculty Achievements

• Ambika Magotra presented a paper on “Weaving Social Fabric for a Brighter Tomorrow” at the IFFTI 2018 conference held in Shanghai from April 9 to 13, 2018.
• Puja Anand from School of Design, along with Seema Singh from School of Fashion presented a paper titled “Restricting Indoor Pollution through Organic Wool – Futuristic Sustainable Interior” at Circular Economy for Global Sustainability.
• Rachna Imam, School of Fashion, presented a paper titled “Revival of Craft in New Era” on March 27, 2018 at the ‘National Conference on Fashion, Apparel and Textile 2018’ conducted by Amity University, Noida.
• Dr. Priya Mary Mathew, Head – School of Business, presented a paper titled ‘Attitudinal segmentation of online consumers in India’ at the IFFTI 2018 conference held at Donghua University in Shanghai on April 11th, 2018.
• Ujjwal K. Chowdhury, Head – School of Media authored articles on various issues related to media and education industry. His articles got published in publications like Business World, Deccan Chronicle,, Dainik Aajkal, Gomantak Times daily and Assam Tribune daily.
• Our faculty, Deepmala Moorjani along with Parul Jain, a student of PG Fashion Business (Marketing and Merchandising) co-authored a paper titled “The Pace of Change Driven by New Technologies and Technological Advances will Require Frequent Upgradation of Existing Skills in the Teaching Workforce”. This paper was presented at the ‘National Conference on Fashion Apparel and Textiles 2018’ conducted by Amity School of Fashion Technology, Amity University on March 27, 2018.

• Dr. Priya Mary Mathew and Amitesh Singhal presented a paper on ‘Active Citizenship – Whack on the Head’ at the IFFTI 2018 conference held at Donghua University in Shanghai on April 12, 2018.
• Dr. Priya Mary Mathew presented a paper titled ‘Attitudinal segmentation of online consumers in India’ at the IFFTI 2018 conference held at Donghua University in Shanghai on April 11th, 2018.

Industry Exposure for Pearlites
• UG & PG students of Fashion & Lifestyle Business Management from Noida went for an industry visit to a processing mill – ‘RMP processors’ and they were exposed to the various wet processing techniques along with roller printing process.
• On April 10, PG students of Luxury Brands visited 3 luxury fashion brands – Burberry, Corneliani and Paul Smith at their stores in DLF Emporio. The students had a very elaborate session with the consultants at the store who walked the students through the latest offerings and even provided insights into some intricate details about how they perform sales and other operations. The management of the stores showed the various levels of craftsmanship and the kind of services they offer.
• Armani Exchange opened their new store at the Ambience mall in Gurgaon. The invite-based launch event saw professionals from the retail world, bloggers, and influencers. Students of School of Business also attended the launch party held on April 20. The evening was a rare experience for everyone; the store’s physical elements such as the walls and fixtures were converted into various musical touch-points, performed by Bangalore based artist Akshai Sarin who enlightened the guests present at the event.
• PGFD students went for an industry visit to ‘Export House Violet Apparels’ on April 4, 2018 to understand the overall working process in the garment industry.

• Adrien Yakimov Roberts, Director of Education at Academia Costume E Moda, Rome Italy conducted a masterclass with UG and PG students of Fashion Design on April 23, 2018 at the Rajouri campus.

• A workshop on Motion Graphics and Broadcast Media was organised for UGCD Level 1 and Level 3 students with Sujeet Shyam from Grasshopper Media on March 29 at Rajouri Campus.
• A masterclass was organised at Jaipur Rugs on 25th April for our PG Interior Design and Styling students with Himanshi Singh, Manager, Corporate Communication & Research Function at Jaipur Rug.

Other Events

• World renowned fashion designer and our Ideation partner, Manish Arora visited our Delhi and Mumbai campuses on April 13 and 19, 2018 respectively. The ace designer took Pearl students on an interesting career journey through a motivational presentation. It was a moment of great inspiration and learning for the students. Take a look!

• Pearl Academy organized the ‘Creative Career Conclave’ across various cities for prospective students and parents. With the aim to create awareness about new courses, the conclave provided an interactive platform for discussing new opportunities in the creative fields.

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