Pearl Academy Students Shine at Wills Lifestyle's 'The Debut'; Mridul Bagged the Title Trophy and Anubha Clinched the Special Jury Award

Mar 07, 2013, 05:07 ET from Pearl Academy

NEW DELHI, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Mridul Jacob and Anubha Jain, Students From Pearl Academy's Chennai and Delhi Campus Respectively, Won the Seventh Edition of 'The Debut'
  • Four out of the Fourteen Finalists, Including the Winners, Were From Pearl Academy
  • Mridul Would be Felicitated at the Forthcoming Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2013

Marking a double victory at Wills Lifestyle's 'The Debut'Pearl Academy students Mridul Jacob and Anubha Jain bagged the title trophy and Special Jury Award respectively at the grand finale held at New Delhi recently. Deveesha Batra and Sanjana Jain who showcased their collections at the grand finale, were the other two finalists from Pearl Academy, India's leading design and fashion education institute.


'The Debut' is an extension of Wills Lifestyle's association with 'Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week' and is a unique initiative recognising India's fresh talent in fashion designing. Students from other eminent fashion schools such as National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), National Institute of Design (NID), Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT), Amity School, Noida and J. D. Institute of Fashion Technology competed with each other at the regional rounds held at Kolkata, Bangaluru and Mumbai. Only the top fourteen could make it to the grand finale at New Delhi.

Exhilarated and surprised at his win, Mridul Jacob, the final year student of Pearl Academy, Chennai, and the winner of the seventh edition of 'The Debut' was thankful to the jury and the almighty. "I would cherish this experience for my entire life. This was a wonderful platform and I enjoyed every stage of it", said Mridul. Mridul would also be felicitated at the forthcoming Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in March 2013.

Sharing similar feelings, Anubha Jain, the Final Year Student of Pearl Academy, New Delhi, who won the Special Jury Award, said, "It was the best day of my life. Nothing is more rewarding than recognition at such a big platform. This award is also going to be my inspiration in future."

Appreciative of the winners, Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, "It is a great feeling to know and share that Pearl Academy has continued its winning streak this year as well. Four out of the last five years, our students have won this award becoming national winners. Congratulations to Mridul and Anubha for bringing this glory to our Academy once again! We are proud to have these jewels."

"I would also like to thank and congratulate the dedicated faculty members at Pearl Academy who taught and guided the students so well", Mr. Mehra further added.

The jury at the grand finale comprised of eminent designers Ms. Namrata Joshipura, Mr. Nitin Bal Chauhan and Mr. Sartaj Mehta, Head Designer, Wills Lifestyle, who evaluated the participants on key parameters of creativity, technicality and commercial viability.

Winner Mridul's collection was named 'Saddle Up' and was based on the theme of men's work-wear. Especially catering to the needs of men who cycle to work in Milan, the ensembles have been tailored with fabrics that assist cycling during winter.

Special Jury Award Winner, Anubha Jain's creations were based on the theme - 'Denim Revolution'. Inspired from the young, rebellious and dynamic girls of today's world, the collection was aimed to target the younger generation of the society. 

While finalist Deveesha Batra's 'M2' collection was inspired from the evergreen musical icons Michael Jackson and Madonna, the other finalist from Pearl Academy, Sanjana Jain's creations were spreading sunshine and exuding energy as they were inspired from the hippy culture and named 'Summer of Love 1967'.

Pearl Academy's name echoed in the corridors of ITC Sheraton, Saket, New Delhi, by the end of the Grand Finale of 'The Debut'. The credit for this success goes to the academy's brilliantly creative students Mridul Jacob, Anubha Jain, Deveesha Batra and Sanjana Jain.

About Pearl Academy

Founded in 1993, Pearl Academy is a leading design education institute in India with campuses at Delhi, Noida and Jaipur. Graduates of the Academy are highly sought after in the industry, and numerous Academy alumni are in key positions at leading design houses and fashion companies worldwide. The academy takes pride in its high-calibre faculty, outstanding track record in student exchange, international networking and placements.

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