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Portfolio 2016: From smart fabrics to design for public spaces & more

India’s largest design and fashion exhibition, Portfolio 2016, was a creative compilation of chic style, innovative products, functional apps and much more.

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Rutvika Baradiya , receiving her award for Best Project in Marketing.
Rutvika Baradiya , receiving her award for Best Project in Marketing.(Pearl Academy)

Pearl Academy recently launched the largest design and fashion exhibition in the country, Portfolio 2016, which showcased the talent and creativity of close to 1000 students graduating from Pearl Academy.

The exhibition held across its campuses in Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Jaipur featured creative projects conceptualized by graduates from various streams. Students who graduated from a wide range of courses in design, fashion and creative business, including communication design, interior architecture, jewelry design, product design, luxury brands, fashion media communication, photography and fashion design, came together to showcase their creations. The students’ work successfully showcased an array of innovative yet functional ideas that included a clothing line for people affected by polio, an affordable ‘new-born babies starter kit’ for mothers, design interventions at public spaces like metro stations and an app for bringing community based palliative care to the elderly.

Furniture design out of waste tyres by Textile Design Student Parth Ajmani. (Pearl Academy)

Apart from the exhibits, the School of Fashion, Styling and Textiles organized vibrant fashion shows that brought out the creative streak of budding designers. One of the innovative ideas on display was that of smart fabrics made of optical fibers that could change colour.

Shri Shivanand Hulyalkar and Sharad Mehra, CEO , Pearl Academy appreciating a creative windmill installation done by the students. (Pearl Academy)

Portfolio 2016 was also a platform where stalwarts from the industry interacted with and guided the students. In Delhi, this included prominent personalities like the FDCI President, Sunil Sethi, and fashion designers, Manish Malhotra, David Abraham, Rohit Gandhi, Rahul Mishra and Nikhil Mehra. Rina Dhaka and Jagdish Chandra (CEO of ETV) graced the event in Jaipur and shared their experiences with the young designers. The Jewelry Design students at Jaipur also collaborated with industry professionals and went on to winning placements with these companies.

Manish Malhotra appreciating a communication design student’s work. (Pearl Academy)

At Mumbai, the event was inaugurated by Shri Shivanand Hulyalkar, Vice Chairperson, Ministry of Textiles, and played host to noted designer Nachiket Barve and Vineet Gautam, CEO, Bestseller India. Also present was Vaishali Shadangule, an accomplished designer and Pearl alumna. The guests of honour appreciated the creativity and design thought of the students. To highlight various forces and trends that drive the industry, a series of panel discussions was also organized by the School of Design and the School of Creative Business.

CEO Sharad Mehra, guest of honour Rina Dhaka and Pearl Academy,Jaipur director Dr Veena Jhamtani Dutta (Pearl Academy)

Apart from this, a landmark collaboration between Pearl Academy and the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) was announced at the event. Both FDCI and Pearl Academy have now joined hands to nurture designers for tomorrow and will work together to offer India’s best fashion programs. In an industry first, Pearl Academy’s graduating fashion students will get to showcase their final collections at the FDCI India Fashion Week.

Portfolio 2016 ended on a high note with the awards distribution ceremony. The CEO of Pearl Academy, Sharad Mehra, concluded by saying, “Pearl Academy has provided the canvas to its students to paint it the way they want to. We hope that we have been able to impart education which will not just make our students a good professional but a good human being as well.”

Check out work from Pearl Academy graduating students: