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INIFD Panvel - The Cradle of Designers

INIFD Panvel takes pride in fostering the next generation of fashion and interior designers. Our institution is committed to providing an educational environment enriched with knowledge and experience, ensuring that students are well-equipped for their future endeavors in the design industry. Our association with esteemed mentors and industry professionals is a testament to our dedication to excellence in design education.

Twinkle Khanna

INIFD Panvel is proud to have Tina ‘Twinkle’ Khanna as the Chief Mentor to our Interior Design students at the Academy of Interiors. Ms. Khanna is an award-winning interior designer with nearly two decades of experience in the design industry. She began her career as a site supervisor for a renowned Mumbai architect in 1998, and two years later started her own Interior Design firm. She also founded The White Window (TWW), which is amongst the top-ranked Mumbai-based retail home furnishings stores.

Ms. Khanna has a knack for the right colors, textures, and sketches, which has helped her successfully manage residential, commercial, retail, and hospitality design projects. Her exceptional work has earned her awards and recognition, including the prestigious Elle Décor International Design Award (EDIDA) for her original wall finishes.

As a talented author, columnist, film producer, and former film actress, Ms. Khanna bring a unique perspective and rich experience to her work and to our institution. With her expertise and guidance, our students are sure to thrive and excel in their future careers

Ashley Rebello

Ashley Rebello is a renowned Bollywood Fashion Designer and Fashion Stylist who serves as the Chief Mentor for our Fashion Design program at INIFD Panvel. With an impressive portfolio of designing costumes for blockbuster Bollywood movies such as ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Kick’, ‘Dabangg 2’, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, ‘Bodyguard’, ‘Ready’, ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Big Boss’, Ashley Rebello has established himself as a star designer in the Indian film industry. He has also designed costumes for several other Bollywood hits, including ‘Double Dhamal’, ‘Wanted’, ‘Welcome’, ‘London Dreams’, ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’, ‘Page 3’, ‘Jo Jeeta Vahi Sikander’, ‘Haseena Maan Jayegi’, ‘Sarfarosh’, and ‘Hera Pheri’, among others. With his vast experience and exceptional design skills, Ashley Rebello serves as a valuable asset to our Fashion Design program, helping our students to develop the skills and expertise needed to succeed in the dynamic world of fashion.

Carlos Palma

Carlos Palma has 22 years experience as a professional hair and makeup artist within the fashion industry and has an accredited reputation in New York, Miami and London

His creativity and talents are coveted by industry professionals from photographers, stylists, publishers and celebrities alike. An exposure to a multitude of mediums has facilitated a substantial portfolio clearly demonstrating his abilities.

Paul Chambers

Paul Chambers attended St Martins School of Art: College for the Distributive Trade course.

Started career at Selfridges as Visual Merchandiser and was Head of Creative Direction, Art Director for Reiss, Celebrity Fashion Stylist at Terri Manduca agency.

Paul also headed up the Projects and Design teams for ‘Elemental Design’for for brands such as Fendi, Harrods and Selfridges. In Germany he heads the Global Windows for Hugo Boss.

Gianni Lilliu

Finalist at Next Generation Regeneration Milan

Own studios in London and Sardinia, specializes in Women’s Wear and bespoke tailoring for men

Show cased his unique designs at Washington DC Fashion Week and has had the privilege to dress the models for four years in a row at Top Model UK

His beautiful creations have appeared recently in VOGUE Italia

Simon Askew

Simon Askew is a professional visual merchandising tutor with over 25 years of experience in the retail sector. He began his career working for Sainsburys Supermarkets before moving to Selfridges in London to specialize in the luxury retail sector. He has also worked at Harvey Nichols and was selected for the Retail Masters’ forum held at Oxford Business School. Simon now works independently with well-known retail companies based in fashion, food, and home offering his professional services and experience from his work in the last 25 years.


Gintare Jankuniene

Gintare Jankuniene has over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. She studied BA (Hons) Fashion Design in Lithuania and worked as a production designer for a high-end label and collaborated with Eugine Lin as a textiles designer for three seasons. Her prints for EL 2013 S/S collection were featured in British Vogue.

Adrian Mott

Adrian Mott

Adrian Mott is a Course Director with over 40 years of professional experience in various fields such as fashion shoots, photojournalism, architecture, marketing production, and documentary photography. He is also a Course Leader for PG Diploma Photography Portfolio Development at the University of the Arts London. Adrian has experience in teaching and educational development, including developing and rewriting courses and validating post-graduate courses.


Joseph Toronka

Joseph Toronka has been working in the fashion industry for over 15 years after studying for a degree in Product Development for Fashion at the London College of Fashion. He has worked in Fashion PR for major brands, and as a fashion and celebrity stylist with agency representation in the UK, Europe, and the USA. Joseph has experience shooting editorials and campaigns for prestigious and luxury brands, and as a celebrity stylist for some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. He also lectures at the London College of Fashion on Styling program.

Sara Corker

Sara Corker

Sara Corker has 25 years of experience in the design industry and is an alumna of American Intercontinental University in London. She is a qualified teacher, trained Colour Therapist, and Project Manager. Sara owns her own design company (Sara Corker Designs), writes articles for the industry, and has just finished writing her book on ‘How to set up a successful Interior business.’ She is a Member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and is on the Membership committee.

Fabio Ciquera

Fabio Ciquera

Fabio Ciquera has worked in communication departments of major brands like Gian Franco Ferre’, the Chanel Group, and Zilli. Since 2010, he has lectured on Luxury Brand Management and Strategies at Istituto Marangoni and currently lectures Master Programmes on Luxury Brand Management at Paris & London. Fabio also conducts lectures on developing the local luxury market in emerging countries like Indonesia and China.

Laura Lightbody

Laura Lightbody

Laura Lightbody’s experience in visual merchandising includes working for London stores such as Harrods, Selfridges, and Marks & Spencer. She also owns a freelance Visual Merchandising Company since 2006 and lectures on a visual merchandising course at UAL London College of Fashion.

Sarah Manning

Sarah Manning

Sarah Manning is a Window Creator of New Dubai Airport, Harrods & Selfridges with 20 years of experience in visual merchandising. She also owns a freelance Visual Merchandising Company since 2006 and lectures on a visual merchandising course at UAL London College of Fashion.

Neil Holbrook

Neil Holbrook

Neil Holbrook, a graduate of the London College of Fashion, has 20 years of experience in the fashion and retail industries. He is the head of the editorial team for Harvey Nichols and has experience as a fashion designer, pattern cutter, and in buying and visual merchandising.

April Glassbrow

April Glassbrow

April Glassbrow’s background includes experience in the fashion industry and as a pattern cutter for a luxury brand. She has also worked as a costume designer for theatre and film.


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