Pearl Academy-Jaipur Portfolio 2018

Pearl Academy recently hosted Pearl Portfolio 2018. The event showcased designs by the graduating batch of Jaipur campus  where students displayed their collections on ramp inspired by various themes. Fashion guru Prasad Bidapa was the chief guest.  The show was choreographed by veteran choreographer Rashmi Virmani. Popular faces like Kanika Dev, Ankita Jain, Donna Masih & Priyanka Khatri sashayed down the runway wearing student’s unique creations. Here’s a glimpse of amazing work by fashion, jewelry, make up & media students. Pastel tones, avant garde head gears & monochromes ruled the catwalk at Jaipur  portfolio 2018.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Backstage-The Hottest Male Model Portraits

Since Rajasthan Heritage Week 2016 was full of crafts & celebrating the handmade in Rajasthan, the day 2 of the fashion week seems to be entirely dedicated to the handcrafted indian saree. The fashion week overall was high on womenswear but what grabbed the attention of the female attendees majorly were the handsome indian male models donning the 6 yards of grace (saree) with lot of panache & confidence. It was interesting to see how handcrafted sarees by the national awarded weavers were draped on male models, taking inspiration from ancient indian saree drapes.Talk about sarees as stole or sarees with denims, it included all the major possible experiments with 6 yards of fabric but on a male model body this time . So here is a small black & white photo essay celebrating the beauty of indian men in saree, which is very rare & completely deserves the attention.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Rishabh Bajaj.
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Harshvardhan Ahlawat.

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Dev Paimal with lord Shiva tattoo on his back.

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Model Mohammed Iqbal (left) & Rishabh Bajaj (right)
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Prajwal Ponnanna

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Well once Vidya Balan said “Saree is the only garment which covers the right amount & shows the right amount” . Does that applies on men too?
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Model Sandy Malik with Harshvardhan
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Siddharth Vijayvargie
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Irfan Shaik
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Well it’s not easy to look masculine in sarees, take a note from these boys.
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Sandy Malik.

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Vibhu Verma

The Fashion i-Workshop- Pearl Academy

Last week was full of fun & was completely memorable as I had this wonderful opportunity to do a collaborative fashion visual making workshop with photographer Tarun Garg at Pearl Academy, Jaipur. It was completely a different experience as I graduated two years back from Pearl Academy & now conducting this workshop with the students of the academy as a guest faculty. The 3 day workshop included lot of fun activities & of course the best part was photoshoots. It was interesting to see new students coming up with fresh ideas & even more fun was to guide them throughout the whole project & also to work so closely with the upcoming designers.

I won’t say much but I was impressed with the enthusiasm of the students & here is how we worked together on this workshop.

Photographs & Text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Official Poster for the workshop designed by Kunal Dutta

 

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Final Result– Proud to see my students work being appreciated in exhibition at PORTFOLIO 16. Here are the credits for the images. 1. Shot by Gunjan Jain, Styled by Anjali, Model-Drishti, 2.Shot & Styled by Rajat Mittal, Model Shreshtha, 3.Styled by Mansi, Shot by Palak, Model Sakshi Khanna, 4. Designer & Photographer-Shubhangi Jain, Model-Vaishali,     5.Shot & styled by Palak Jain, Model-Mansi, 6.Shot & Styled by Drishti, Model-Vasudha Tiwari

Some behind the scenes action

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Me working on Styling( Picture Credits-Rajat Gupta)
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Photographer Tarun Garg guiding students on image making.
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Student capturing the images.
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Want to see more Behind the Scenes action? check out a small film I shot while students were working on the workshop. Click the link below for the Fashion Film

 

I can’t thank enough to Pearl Academy for making me part of this creative effort. Thank you so much Dr. Veena Dutta & Kunal Dutta for this amazing experience.

 

Portfolio 2016-Pearl Academy, Jaipur

Pearl Academy, Jaipur witnessed another trendy season of their annual event Portfolio 2016. The event showcased creations by the graduating batch of fashion design & jewellery design on the ramp & textile design along with the first batch of Interior design presented their work in the exhibition before the runway show.The show was choreographed by ace choreographer Rashmi Virmani of The Ramp. Top models like Donna Masih, Radhika Bopaiah, Rinku Pahel & Saud Khan to name a few graced the runway in students’ creations. Veteran designer Rina Dhaka was the chief guest of the event.

Here are few of the best designs by the graduating batch of Pearl Academy, Jaipur.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Classic shapes.
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Femme-fatale.
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Models in surrealist fashion.
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Robotic Mughal women? Love this statement creation by designer Kinnori Talukder.
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Model in avant garde design by student Dinesh Kumar.
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Model Donna Masih was seen in all happy mood in colorful creation by designer Sukriti.
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Corsets again.
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Texture play.
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New checks. Model Saud Khan looked dapper in this print on print creation by student Nikhil Dawani.
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Delicate details.
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Who need shoes when we have divine white dresses like that.
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Model Aanchal in creation by Harshika Kewalramani.
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At the end all the hard work paids off.
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Reminds me of Panchatantra illustrations.
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Model Radhika Bopaiah in monochromatic dress.

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Arabian nights
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Beautiful cape created out of jute.
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Print Mania-Model Runa Laha with Subhamita

Street Smart Looks

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Trend-Denim on denim

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Geek chic.
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Modern grunge.
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Stripes play.

Accessories Alert

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Models Namrata Shetty & Aanchal Oberoi in creations by jewellery design student of Pearl Academy,Jaipur.

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Futuristic sunglasses.

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Model Rinku Pahel donning warrior inspired jewellery.
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These boots are meant for walking.

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Backstage-IISW-Jaipur

Pink city Jaipur witnessed another fashion extravaganza, this time it was India International Style Week (IISW) . The show was graced by Bollywood celebrities like Soha Ali Khan, Mandana Karimi & Nusrat Bharucha as showstoppers. The designers showcased their spring/summer line for the first season of IISW, city’s very own designer Gazal Mishra opened the show in neat silhouettes using vegetable dye mixed with kantha stitch. While designer Ken Ferns showcased his beach wear collection (which I will share in the next post) designer Shivina Agnani displayed the red carpet glamour & designer Akash Chaudhary presented his menswear line. Ace models from Delhi & Mumbai like Pooja Bimrah, Jitesh Thakur, Hida Siddhiqui, Jyotpriya Sud to name a few participated & increased the much needed glamour quotient of the event.The ornate show was choreographed by Lokesh Sharma who is also the show director (this time used a lot of grovy music on the runway).

I like always had fun time shooting at my favorite place-Backstage. Like I always say the real fun is backstage & I madly love the behind the scenes chaos at the fashion week( I also had an awkward moment ‘Bhaiyaji meri bhi photo lena’ which every fashion photographer hates, fashion blogging is an age old concept now but it seems it is still very new & developing atleast in Jaipur). Surprisingly the models were very cooperative as my photo essay was kinda invading their privacy, some of them refused & some agreed but overall it was a fabulous experience as I went home with some good clicks.

So this time presenting the show from the other angle & to let my viewers/readers to know (a little) about the glamorous & hectic lives of indian fashion models at the fashion week through this photo essay.

Text & Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model-Bhavyata Sharma.

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Model Tridisha & Ishika (left) Miss India Heritage 2015 Pooja Bimrah in red carpet kinda pose (right)

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Frilly affair- Model Shweta Kaushik

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Candidly Mandana Karimi.
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Happy smiles! Soha Ali Khan (left) Bigg boss 9 star Mandana Karimi with designer Gazal Mishra (right) both the celebrities were showstopper for designer Gazal Mishra.
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Starry eyes-Model Tridisha Baruah

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Let me take a selfie. Model Pooja with Jitesh Thakur.
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All smiles- model Nikita Yadav
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Model Dushyant Katewa in four piece sky blue suit by Gazal Mishra.
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nervous moments.
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Model Tridisha Baruah & Ishika Agnihotri in sequinned gowns.
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Men in bandhgalas by designer Gazal Mishra.
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Designer Shivina Agnani presented her metallic evening gown designs inspired by theme ‘Drama Queens’.

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Model revising the choreography sequence.
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Model in headgear.
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Model Pooja Bimrah.

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All that glitters!

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Model Ishika right before going for the catwalk for designer Shivina Agnani.
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Go Green- Models in nature inspired creations.

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Make-up moments before the runway.
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This tribal jewellery is so kitsch. 
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Model-Jyotpriya Sud.
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Model Hida Siddiqui.
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Metallic jacket.
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Provogue Mr Photogenic winner Jitesh Thakur, dressed up in formals.
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Model Hida Siddhiqui all ready for the runway.
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Yes! men can wear pink.
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That look! male model in intense beard.
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Men in cool pastels.
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The wait- models lined up before the show.
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Model Jitesh Thakur in Gazal Mishra’s menswear line.

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Love this folk inspired metallic neckpiece.
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It is a very hectic moment for models as they have to run after every show for the next change & sometimes just have few minutes to change the clothes & get ready.
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Models in Gazal Mishra‘s creation.