A Celebration of Design and its Impact on the city of dreams Pearl Academy Hosts Portfolio 2018 in Mumbai


By Ashok Punatar, Mobile No : 9820746494. E- Mail: ashokpunatar@gmail.com

Khyati Saraf holding the garment designed by her on Braille designed especially for visually impaired at the Pearl Portfolio 2018

Celebrating 25 years of creative impact, Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution in design, fashion, business and media, today hosted Pearl Portfolio 2018 - a launch pad for graduating students that mark their entry into the professional world. The event encompassing panel discussions, eye-catching exhibits by graduating students, a dance recital and a fashion show was held at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Goregaon and attracted eminent personalities and experts from the industry.

Pashang Dadyburjor with his project on Parsi community at Pearl Portfolio 2018

Gautami Shinde communication design student with her project titled beautiligo at Pearl Portfolio 2018 - an effort to create awareness on Vitiligo

The panel discussion held on the topic –Mumbai by design: The Creative Surge had Mumbai city’s creative community, experts from various domains of design and media discussing about how the graduating Design Students could, through their projects, transform Mumbai into a more inclusive and equal city. The stirring panel discussion raised many pertinent questions about the design projects, their impact on city life and how they can balance the often unbalanced equations. Stalwarts likeAlyque Padamsee, Ad Guru and Actor; Koral Dasgupta, Author; Hemant Suthar, Founder and creative Director of Fractral Ink; Chandrakant Wyawahare, Director, Futuring Design Pvt Ltd; Liladhar Parab, Principal Architect & CEO Liladhar Parab Architects & Designers; Abhinay Deo, Owner, Ramesh Deo Productions and Kapil Sharma, Sr. Vice President, Marketing & PR 9X Media Pvt Ltd added interesting dimensions to the discussions.


Design exhibits from School of Design included an exhibition of some ingenious projects.Prachi Kagathra, a student of Interior Design & Styling, has developed a design studio called SAROM to promote a free and a progressive workspace for design professionals.Diksha Jaiswal’s project focused on revitalizing the experience of traditional paintings by using interpretive technologies and storytelling techniques for visitors, with the aim to infuse new life into the traditional Indian paintings.


A special panel discussion called‘WEconomy’, was very innovatively conducted in the World Café format, to discuss the emerging trends of modern economy, the rise of new business models and conceptualization of the termWEconomy.  This special session was arranged for the students of The School of Business, selected student projects were presented to a few industry experts, giving them an opportunity to discuss their projects, interact and receive feedback directly from industry experts; while finally inferring their learnings and presenting to the audience. Guests from Future Group, Shoppers Stop, Mafatlal, Sty Fi, Pepe, Gini and Jony, Tata Trent, Siyaram, Starbucks, etc. were a part of this event.


Acontemporary dance piece based on the fairytale “Alice in Wonderland’, was styled by the first graduating batch of the fashion styling course. The dance recital was choreographed by The Danceworx Academy set-up by Indian-Australian choreographer Ashley Lobo.


AFashion Show was also held where graduating Fashion Design Students showcased their best collections. Trying to understand the age discrimination in the fashion industry,Mehr Sahni’s work focused on AGEISM in fashion which is stereotyping and discriminating against the elderly population. Another interesting project displayed wasBRAILLE – the art of dots by Khyati Saraf, inspired by the life of a visually impaired person. The garments of her collections are asymmetrical with real braille quotes with dots having no definite shape.Tashreef Rakhiye – Please have seat by Krithika Chandramouli, exhibited widely available clothing solutions for wheelchair users bridging the gap between fashionable and functional clothing. It aims to make the idea of adaptive clothing mainstream keeping an array of clothing options available for the consumer, irrespective of age.

Prominent industry guests attended the fascinating fashion show including Nikhil Mehra, a Pearl alumnus, from Shantanu & Nikhil; Meher Castellano, James Farrera, Vaishali S, Mohit Dhanjal CEO, Raymond; amongst others.

The event was followed by an award ceremony felicitating the best works of the students. Pearl Academy has always been at the forefront, providing students with unparalleled national as well as international exposure, thereby making them industry-ready. Students, this year and in the past, have been placed at sought after organizations like Accenture, Walt Disney, IBM, Capgemini, NDTV, Vogue, Godrej, Burberry and many more. Pearl Academy is the first Indian institute to be ranked number 21 among top 25 Graduate Fashion Colleges in the world by Business of Fashion.



Commenting on the occasion,Prof. Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy said, “It was a proud moment to see such variety of creative artwork by our students today. It won the appreciation of distinguished industry guests present on the occasion. I would like to congratulate Mumbai Campus Director, Ruchita Verma, the faculty members of Pearl Academy Mumbai and all the students for their excellent work.”


About Pearl Academy


Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution in design, fashion, business and media has been a catalyst for success of the students across creative industries for over two decades. With a legacy of 25 years, Pearl Academy offers over 30 uniquely designed under-graduate, post-graduate and professional development pathway through its campuses in Delhi, Noida, Jaipur and Mumbai. Its reputation of preparing ‘Industry ready’ professionals has been recognized by leading fashion, retail and design brands, which has helped in establishing a healthy track record of over 95 per cent placement for the last three years. Its path-breaking alliances with renowned organizations such as the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) have ensured that its faculty and students get an exclusive access to ‘industry in the classroom’.


The institution was ranked as the best private fashion college in India for the fourth consecutive year by India Today – AC Nielson survey, The Week – Hansa Survey and Outlook – Drshti Survey. Pearl Academy was awarded the ‘Best Design Institute in India’ in 2016 and 2017 by industry body ASSOCHAM. Jaipur campus of the academy was ranked as one of the most beautiful college campuses in India by India Today. The institution was also awarded as ‘Best Education Brands 2017’ in Fashion Design Category by The Economic Times. It is the only Indian institute to feature in Business of Fashion’s Top 25 Global Fashion School Rankings (Graduate) in 2017. Pearl Academy is a member of Laureate International Universities Network, a global network that has presence in 25 countries and is serving more than one million students. The Academy is also closely associated with renowned global institutions such as London College of Fashion (UK), Domus Academy (Italy), Media Design School (New Zealand) and NABA (Milan) amongst many others. For more information, please visit:www.pearlacademy.com

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