Panel Discussion by Pearl Academy elicits diverse views on fashion consumption


New Delhi, March 18: Pearl Academy, India’s leading private institution in design, fashion and creative business has been hosting the What’s Next series of industry workshops and conferences discussing the future of design and design education. Carrying forward the thought provoking series, Pearl Academy hosted ‘What’s Next in Fashion’ at AIFW, where professionals from different Fashion Platforms were invited to share their viewpoints on the theme of ‘How Fashion is consumed’.

David Abraham (Creative Director of Abraham and Thakore), Phyllida Jay (Fashion Author, Journalist and Anthropologist), Nonita Kalra (Editor – Harper’s Bazaar), Ganesh Subramaniam (Founder and CEO of Stylumia), Narendra Kumar Ahmed (Creative Head Amazon Fashion India) and Manou (Photographer and Blogger – ‘Wearabout’) were a part of this celebrated panel.

Works of Wonder (WoW) book

The Academy also launched the Works of Wonder (WoW) book, a compilation of some path-breaking student work at this event.

Phyllida Jay brought her uniquely academic perspective to the table speaking about the evolution of fashion since Nehruvian times. She was optimistic about the future of Indian fashion and cited Rahul Mishra as an example of a cutting edge designer who would be at forefront of many others in bringing Indian creations to the world. David Abraham placed an emphasis on sustainability saying, “consumption is a beast and we better control it and not let it control us”. Nonita Kalra explained eloquently how the world of fashion communication was becoming both more democratic and anarchic but stated firmly that she believed informed journalism would still have a place in it.

Ganesh Subramaniam, with his vision about fashion and technology, regaled the audience with insights into the latest technologies being employed in the world of fashion. Narendra Kumar Ahmed made a fiery speech about the rapid consumption of fashion and how it is being embedded more deeply in our lives with each passing day. Manou, a photo blogger, shared enthralling pictures showcasing his work on fashion across classes.

At the end of the discussion, Claudio Moderini, the Head of Academics at Pearl Academy, summed up the arguments of the panelists by saying, “The diversity of views on offer is fantastic and it is a great opportunity for students and all attending to get a 360 degrees’ view on fashion consumption and how the industry itself views it. We will seldom find opportunities to learn such as this”.

“We at Pearl Academy are committed to providing our students with an environment that promotes a culture of excellence and self-belief. Interacting with the best designers in the industry gives our students insights that will motivate them to push the bar in whatever they do. It is our deep engagement with the industry that allows us to deliver a truly relevant education. I am grateful to the panelists who led today’s amazingly insightful debate. This is just the beginning of What’s Next”, said Nandita Abraham, EVP- Pearl Academy.

About Pearl Academy

Pearl Academy is India’s leading private institution in design, fashion and creative businesses, and has been a catalyst to success for students across these creative industries over the past two decades.

Founded in 1993, Pearl Academy is today widely acknowledged by the industry for preparing students with relevant practical and theoretical knowledge in various creative domains. Pearl Academy delivers over 30 uniquely designed under-graduate, post-graduate and professional programs through its campuses in Delhi NCR (East & West), Jaipur and Mumbai. Pearl Academy’s reputation of preparing ‘job ready’ students has been recognized by leading fashion, retail and design brands which has helped in ensuring a steady track record of securing almost 100 per cent placement record for its students. The institution is backed by the resources and expertise of Laureate International Universities network, a global network of renowned institutions such as London College of Fashion, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Domus Academy (Italy), and NABA (Milan) among many others. Laureate International Universities network has a presence in 28 countries, serving more than one million students.

For more information, please visit: www.pearlacademy.com