Students from Pearl Academy presented their collections at the latest edition of FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week
Fashion and design education powerhouse Pearl Academy presented a brand-new iteration of “First Cut” at the finale of Lakme Fashion Week on March 12, 2023, at Jio World Garden in Mumbai. ‘First Cut’ is a platform for the final-year fashion design students to launch their collections. It gives these prospective designers an impactful stage to introduce their work to the design world.
Showcased alongside some of India’s leading designers, 32 students from Pearl Academy campuses across the country displayed their thought-provoking collections rooted in the theme “Heart to Earth.” Celebrating the transformative power of art and design in the face of adversity, the collections were indicative of how they can ignite change and bring hope for a better tomorrow during periods of darkness.
Speaking about the impressive showcase at Lakme Fashion Week X FDCI, Antonio Maurizio Grioli, Dean -Dean, Pearl Academy, added, “It was a pleasure seeing our students’ collections come to life at one of the most credible industry platforms. Their designs, centered around the theme ‘Heart to Earth’, were a clear testament to their skill and creative thought process, resulting in collections that were not only aesthetically engaging but also conveyed a meaningful message. Following this incredible initiation into the fashion industry, we are thrilled to see our students transform into complete design professionals and are even more thrilled to see what lies next for these creative minds.”
“Our students have truly outdone themselves with their interpretations of this year’s theme, ‘Heart to Earth’. Fashion has always been caring and has always had an empathetic touch towards the planet and the environment. Today’s theme takes us towards that empathy in creating a better future for the next generation. We take great pride in providing a stage for these young, talented designers to share their creativity and vision with the world. Congratulations to all the participants for their outstanding efforts and for making this event a huge success.” Alka Madhan, Regional Director-West, Pearl Academy Mumbai.
As a prelude to the event, Pearl Academy, in collaboration with FDCI and Lakme Fashion Week, hosted a forum on “Industry Immersion: Heart to Earth ” on March 10. A space for students to engage with practicing designers, fashion stylists, fashion photographers, bloggers, and fashion journalists, the forum was led by fashion industry veterans Nitin Bal Chauhan, Gaurav Jai Gupta, Ekta Rajani, and Sushant Kadam. They discussed in depth brand moods, historical narratives, cultural studies, social responsibility, culture, and the future of fashion. Sensitizing towards design, and the challenges of crystallizing ideas and making them sell. They also spoke about aligning designs or products with the needs of today’s customers and the importance of practicing one’s craft. Through these impactful interactions, Pearl Academy aims to nurture a holistic environment for the exchange of ideas and experiences that are destined to shape the fashion ecosystem. It was also imperative to leverage the creative potential of Pearl Academy’s students and faculty in formulating a shift in the zeitgeist and paving the way for a better tomorrow.