I attended the first ever Pearl Portfolio Showcase in Mumbai, here are a few highlights from the evening!
What is Pearl Portfolio about?
Pearl Academy is India’s leading private institution for Fashion, Design & Business. Founded in Delhi, they now have three campuses across the country – Delhi, Jaipur & Mumbai. I’ve blogged about visiting the Pearl Academy Mumbai campus & Pearl Academy’s creations at Kala Ghoda Art Festival previously. Portfolio is their annual graduating class showcase, as the Mumbai campus is quite young, this was Pearl Academy Mumbai’s first graduating & hence first Portfolio event in the city too.
What Happened at Portfolio 2016?
The event was inaugurated by Shri Shivanand Hulyalkar, Vice Chairperson, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and fashion designer Nachiket Barve and Vineet Gautam, CEO, Bestseller India were the guests of Honour. The students from Pearl Academy exhibited their projects in an exhibition and grand finale concluded with a fabulous fashion show followed by the award ceremony. The event showcased creative and design acumen of 75 students from various courses with some of the best work being nominated for various awards. I particularly enjoyed the Photography on display (everything from fashion to fine art) as well as the Interior Design & Styling.
With over 70 projects at display, the inaugural Portfolio saw some revolutionary ideas in fashion, design and creative business. One student, who worked for the software giant TCS for over 3 years quit her job and joined Pearl Academy and came up with a business plan to create an app to connect volunteers with the elderly who require them. The model based on community based palliative care has been nominated for the prestigious Global James McGuire award.
The Fashion Show featured all different kids of lines like casual wear, bridal, maternity, even kids & menswear. The students came up with interesting ideas like a fashion line inspired from planet Mars and sustainable fashion fabrics created from leftover fabrics.
Portfolio’16 ended on a high note with an awards ceremony. The winners were thrilled to receive awards from the industry stalwarts present at the event.
Pearl Portfolio Video
These days I’m all about video so I also documented my experience at Pearl Portfolio in a vlog! It’s a great way to see a big of the exhibition & some of my favorite designs from the Fashion Show!
You can find out more about what Pearl Academy stands for, their faculty & the various courses they offer on their website! x