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Showcasing dreams



Stitching future... Models displaying outfits designed by students of Pearl Academy.

IN JUST eleven years, Pearl Academy of Fashion in Delhi has transformed from a small institute with 40-odd students to a well-equipped, prestigious establishment with over 800 students. The Pearl Academy graduates of the BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion Design & Technology, 2001-04, presented their final design collections at the fashion show - Portfolio `04 - at Siri Fort Auditorium the other day. A culmination of three and a half years of hard work, the show marked the beginning of the students' journey into the professional world of fashion designing. It also acted as a platform to showcase their talent and potential to the Who's Who of the fashion industry.

The students, over the time span of three and a half years, have been trained in conceptual skills, talents, creativity, technical and material expertise and market knowledge. A.K.G. Nair, Executive Director, Pearl Academy of Fashion, said "I am proud to present a platform to encourage talents of our students by providing them an enriching environment and encourage new designers to embark confidently into the industry."

Fashion honchos

Celebrated models including Jesse Randhawa, Fleur Xavier and Nethra Raghuraman presented the students' collections on the ramp. Accomplished designers including Mandira Wirk, Rohit Gandhi and Rajesh Pratap Singh were also present at the event. The Chief Guest was Rathi Vinay Jha, Director General, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI).

"India holds an important position in the global fashion industry. The design industry needs professionals and fresh talent to face the new challenges in the free-trade regime," Jha said to the crowd.

The show ended with awards for the collection. Tanya Manaktola won the Best Design Award for her collection called `Deha-Antara'. Awards were also presented for Best Avant-Garde Collection and Most Innovative Collection. In total, 50 design collections were showcased displaying the students' individualistic interpretation of design concepts blended with strategy based, market oriented ready-to-wear collections. The graduates this year experimented with innovative technology and unique material, producing collections that are an amalgamation of all kinds of experiments and Indian heritage. The designs are trendy and targeted at the younger generation.

K.M.

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