31st Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography celebrates winners



The 31st Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography took place at the Villa Noailles from April 21-25. In addition to shows of the creations by finalists, the packed agenda included workshops and exchanges, culminating in a celebration of this year’s winners.

Over the years, the Hyères Festival has become a must event on the art and fashion calendar. This year’s festival was no exception, once again focusing the spotlight on promising new photographers and fashion designers. Ten photographers and ten designers were shortlisted to present their work to a jury of experts, chaired this year by Julien Dossena, Creative Director of Paco Rabanne, and by photographer William Klein for the photography competition.

© Wataru Tominaga

Following four full days of festivities, the Grand Prix du Jury Première went to Wataru Tominaga, a Japanese designer an alumnus of Central Saint Martins School in London. He presented a brightly colored menswear collection inflected by codes taken from both men’s and women’s clothing, heightened by striking volumes and perspectives.

A much-remarked collection by Finnish design duo Hanne Jurmu and Anton Vartiainen received a special mention from the fashion jury, as well as the Chloé Prize, while Swiss designer Amanda Svart was awarded the Public Prize.

In the photography competition, the originality of the work presented by young Czech photographer Vendula Knopova earned her the Grand Prize.

© Vendula Knopova, Untitled Hey, Sausage!, 2009