Pearl Academy brings Second Edition of Design Carnival to the Pink City

Manish Malhotra, renowned fashion designer inaugurates the incubation centre – ‘Canvass’ for budding entrepreneurs

Jaipur, 15th May 2017: Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution in design, fashion, creative business and media hosted its second edition of the Design Carnival. A unique celebration of design in the pink city, the festival saw a brilliant showcase which involved an array of innovative ideas, interesting opinions and creative expressions by uniting various fraternities of design, art and culture with an aim to encourage cross-pollination of past and the future.

The two-day festival created an electrifying interactive space that successfully engaged many intellectuals, creative aspirants, and budding talents from the country. The interactive session witnessed an in-depth sharing of creative and thought exchange between young minds and eminent personalities. The eclectic activities in the festival included residency workshops on ‘Make and Learn Toys’, ‘Lime Jaali’ And ‘Ply Split Braiding’ coupled with innovative demonstrations such as Tangalia, Patwa, Meenakari, Blacksmithy and Jaipur Rugs. The festival entailed an excellent display of some ingenious projects from budding designers of Pearl Academy’s School of Design as well as School of Fashion, Styling & Textiles. Some of the interesting design projects included a concept to create a training and outreach centre that aids young adults suffering with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and who are struggling with the transition into society after high school.

The jewellery projects of the students, already picked up and sponsored by renowned jewellery brands such as Amrapali, Bluestone, PC Jewellers and Voylla impressed the industry representatives and other visitors.

The Academy also hosted two panel discussions called ‘The Conversation’ with industry experts and professionals. The panel discussions underlined some very relevant subjects in design. The first panel titled ‘Design Fusion or Confusion’ comprised Architect Pof. Kiran Mahajani, Designer Kavita Chaudhary and writer Shamini Shanker. Moderated by architect & academician Tapan Chakravarty the panel discussed various aspects of design. The second panel discussion was ‘Fashion Design & Entrepreneurship’ which included renowned panelists such as fashion designer Manish Malhotra and design entrepreneurs and Pearl Academy’s alumni – Namita Bhandari & Chirag Nainani.

Mr. Manish Malhotra also inaugurated the incubation centre– ‘Canvass’ at Pearl Academy. Aimed at boosting entrepreneurship among students, Canvass aims at providing an ecosystem with infrastructure facilities and critical industry mentoring to help the bold entreprenurial ideas of students to become a business reality.

An enthralling musical performance from Omar Farooq gave a grand culmination to the carnival.

Visiting the Design carnival, Noted Fashion Designer Manish Malhotra said,” I am amazed at the creativity and the abundance of talent that is displayed here at the Design Carnival in Jaipur. The crafts and exhibits that we have here are indeed refreshing and thought provoking. The Canvass, their incubation centre, is also a great step to boost entrepreneurship in the fashion industry. I congratulate Pearl Academy for this pioneering initiative which I am sure will go a long way in promoting design. “

Commenting on the occasion, Prof. Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy says, “It was a proud moment, to see such a wonderful display of design and craft at the carnival. Such engaging sessions and exchange of ideas play a significant role in promoting local art and craftsmanship and bringing them closer to our budding design students who, we hope, will take the legacy forward through their work. We also hope that our newly-launched Canvass will boost India’s StartUp Movement and get more fashion entrepreneurs to join the StartUp bandwagon”.

About Pearl Academy

Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution in design, fashion, creative businesses and media studies has been a catalyst for success of the students across creative industries for over two decades. With a legacy of 23 years, Pearl Academy offers over 30 uniquely designed under-graduate, post-graduate and professional development pathway through its campuses in Delhi NCR (East & West), Jaipur and Mumbai. Its reputation of preparing ‘Industry ready’ professionals has been recognized by leading fashion, retail and design brands, which has helped in establishing a healthy track record of over 95 per cent placement for the last three years. Its path-breaking alliances with renowned bodies such as the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) have ensured that its faculty and students get an exclusive access to ‘industry in the classroom’.

The institution was ranked as the best private fashion college in India for the fourth consecutive year by India Today – AC Nielson survey, The Week- Hansa Survey and Outlook – Drshti Survey. Academy was awarded the ‘Best Design Institute in India’ 2016 and 2017 by industry body ASSOCHAM. Jaipur campus of the academy was ranked as one of the most beautiful college campuses in India by India Today. The institution was also awarded as ‘Best Education Brands 2017’ in Fashion Design Category by The Economic Times. Pearl Academy is a member of Laureate International Universities network, a global network that has presence in 25 countries, serving more than one million students. The Academy is also closely associated with renowned global institutions such as London College of Fashion (England), Domus Academy (Italy), Media Design School (New Zealand) and NABA (Milan) amongst many others. For more information, please visit: