Whistling Woods & Ace Fashion Designer Neeta Lulla collaborate to set up a School of Fashion
The Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion opens in August 2013
Thinking of fashion as a career option? You no longer need to look at Paris or Milan for a formal education. Two legendary game-changers in their respective industries, Subhash Ghai and Neeta Lulla, have joined forces today to create a revolutionary fashion school, the Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion (WWNL) in India. Spearheaded academically by Neeta Lulla and featuring a guest faculty of renowned fashion industry greats, the WWNL aims to create the next generation of fashion designers and fashion industry professionals. The WWNL will commence classes in August 2013 with admissions opening in the second week of May 2013.
Speaking at the formal launch, Subhash Ghai, Founder and Chairman- Whistling Woods International said “Fashion has always played an integral role in films. Through fashion, characters come alive before the camera. Neeta Lulla who has spent so many years with the industry has continually strived to grow the field of fashion, both within the film industry and outside of it. I’m delighted that Whistling Woods is partnering with her to create the Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion”.
Courses run will be a Diploma in Fashion Design (1-year) and an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design (2-years). Students will undergo a rigorous and thorough curriculum designed under the tutelage of Neeta Lulla and adhering to the high academic standards set forth by Whistling Woods. The WWNL School of Fashion will also be bridging the gap between industry and academia by bringing on board an Advisory board consisting of industry specialists, guest & visiting faculty from the industry. The institute also plans to invite globally renowned teachers from Europe’s finest fashion schools and the global fashion industry to deliver guest lectures.
Neeta Lulla, winner of four National Film Awards for Best Costume Design, who has partnered with Whistling Woods International as the Dean of the WWNL, said, “When I started out in the fashion industry, there were limited options available within fashion education in India but today, it gives me great pride to announce our school of fashion that will train fashion aspirants to excel at the highest levels. I could not see a better fit than Whistling Woods to partner with and to launch a structured comprehensive School of Fashion and I’m thrilled to be working with Subhashji and his institute for the same.”
Ms. Meghna Ghai-Puri, President-Whistling Woods International said “We’re very excited to be launching the fashion space. This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and we couldn’t have found a better partner. Whistling Woods has always been the best platform for industry aspirants. With the launch of the Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion, we are reinforcing our commitment to developing local talent in all spheres of the thriving Indian film industry.”
About Whistling Woods International
Founded by renowned director-writer-producer Mr. Subhash Ghai and promoted by Mukta Arts Ltd, Whistling Woods International is Asia’s premier film, communication and media arts institute rated amongst the 10 best film-schools in the world by ‘The Hollywood Reporter’. It offers courses in Acting, Animation, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting, Sound Recording and Design and Media Management Studies that are designed to be heavily practical and delivered under a unique educational methodology by a luminary faculty and accentuated by guest lectures by leading Indian & international filmmakers.
Whistling Woods International has initiated affiliations with several International film schools. These include pioneering activities in India like credits transfer and International student co-productions. Some of the schools that are affiliated with the Institute are Deakin College Australia, Griffith College Australia, Bradford College UK, Syracuse University USA & NYU Tisch Singapore.
More than 15% of the student body comprises International students. The Institute is highly committed to ensuring that its students move into the industry in creative and rewarding areas of employment. WWI alumni have been working with several leading media organizations like Aamir Khan Productions, Anil Kapoor Productions, BIG Animation, Balaji Telefilms, Dharma Productions, Excel Entertainment, Fox Star Studios India, Mukta Arts Limited, Paprikaas, Red Chillies Entertainment, Reliance BIG Entertainment, UTV Motion Pictures, Walkwater Films and several more. Whistling Woods’ continues strongly on its path to be the institute of choice for media education globally.
About Neeta Lulla
Neeta Lulla is an Indian fashion stylist and costume designer. She is the winner of four National Film Awards for Best Costume Design and numerous other Indian and international accolades for excellence in the field of fashion designing and styling. Over the last 28 years, she has worked on some of the finest Indian Films and the biggest stars in India Cinema.