This article is sponsored by Pearl Academy
Mansha Patni, a student of Pearl Academy, is ecstatic. She has returned to India after a hectic, enlightening and exciting sojourn in Paris, where she had gone to be a part of the recently concluded Paris Fashion Week. She and six of her course mates had gone to Paris to assist internationally acclaimed designer Rahul Mishra at the recently concluded Paris Fashion Week.
To be a part of the prestigious Paris fashion Week is the dream of all aspiring fashion designers. And, for the first time in its history, a group of six design students from India participated in this event as assistants of acclaimed designer Rahul Mishra. The students’ involvement with the designer and his collection started in India and went on till the show ended in Paris.
Reliving the experience, Mansha says, “When I found out I was going to be part of the Paris Fashion Week, the first things that came to my mind were – models, make-up, clothes, camera, and so on. But it was a lot more. There was so much planning and strategy involved. It was exciting not just to be a part of the event and work with the stalwarts and listen to the designer explain the idea behind his collection, but we also saw the paparazzi live in action.”
This was Mansha’s first experience at an international fashion week she admits that this was made possible not just because of her talent, but also because of her institute. She appreciated the efforts put in by Pearl Academy to help students realise their dreams.
The other students - Aakriti Jain, Akshita Nangia, Upasana Goel, Tanaya Bora and Sakshi Narula- agreed that this experience was amazing and it gave them the confidence to pursue a career in fashion. Akshita Nangia, a student from Agra who went abroad for the first time said, “”It was like living a dream. Getting insights on how a global fashion fiesta is managed was fantastic.” Reliving her experience, Tanaya Bora from Assam said, “It was amazing to be a part of the action and learn at the Paris Fashion Week. I would like to thank Pearl Academy and my faculty for providing me this great opportunity”.
This story is not an isolated one. Students and alumni at the fashion institute reiterate one thing - Pearl Academy gives wings to their dreams.
Pearl Academy – Empowering creative minds
Offering a spectrum of courses spanning Lifestyle, Accessory Design, Personal Styling and Grooming, and Fashion Communication under the umbrella of Design, Fashion and Business, Pearl Academy equips its students to hit the ground running. The focus on internationalism, entrepreneurship and employability and catering to the needs of the design, fashion, business and the retail industry, has greatly benefited students like Sreeked, a graduate in Jewellery Design, who worked on a project that was sold at a price value at Rs 10 crore while interning at Vacheron Constantin – a luxury Swiss manufacturer.
Pearl Academy leads the education sector with unique offers like international student exchange programmes, global faculty exchange, global summer courses, workshops, and internships at some of the world’s best-known brands. A member of the Laureate International Universities (LIU) network, which is a leading international network of quality and innovative institutions of higher education, Pearl Academy actively fosters innovation among its students. No wonder that it is today considered to an industry leader that develops courses with a finger on the pulse of the needs of the entire industry.
Students are given unlimited opportunities to stretch their creativity to the maximum and enhance their potential by this institute. An example of this is an alumnus of the academy, Rohan Chhabra, who bagged a job at Ralph Lauren in New York. When he was a student, he made headlines with his project – Endangered – which explored the issue of extinction of endangered species. As part of the project and to remind people of the complexity of the problem, he designed a series of hunting outfits that turn into representations of animals under threat.
Pearl Academy believes in honing students’ business acumen and provides them with the necessary skills needed to convert their ideas into reality. Kartik Verma, a student of Fashion Business Management (FBM) conceptualised his dream project aimed at helping many like his sister, who is a nursing mother, to comfortably attend to their babies in public spaces. The project titled ‘Assuage Mom’ won the prestigious Global James McGuire Business Plan competition 2015, US. He was given a low-interest loan of $50,000 for his business plan.
Canvass by Pearl
Helping students like Kartik is Pearl Academy’s incubation centre called ‘Canvass’, which fosters and supports innovation, creativity and knowledge-based entrepreneurship among alumni and students alike. Canvass helps the student community during the pre-incubation and incubation phase. The initiative offers mentoring sessions, ideation exercises, on and off -field activities, entrepreneur meet-ups et al . Once the business plan is finally ready, members of the incubation cell are offered free consultation sessions in areas like finance, legal, strategy development, and IT. As part of this initiative, Pearl Academy connects clients with top freelance professionals across Pearl campuses. It also liaises with companies for expert-led projects and opens up work opportunities for self-employed or independent professionals.
The real worth of an institute is realised when students stand out as beacons in the real world. And Pearl Academy alumnus’ have proved again and again that they can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in the industry and also forge ahead with the skills inculcated in them during their student days. As Claudio Moderini, Head Academics Pearl Academy, says, “Pearl Academy provides life changing experiences to its students. Our endeavour is to help young minds to find themselves and empower them to Be Somebody. This year over 200 students from Pearl Academy have experienced the world through opportunities provided by us.”