THE FESTIVALTHE FESTIVAL
Through parallel fashion and photography competitions, the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie à Hyères, directed by Jean-Pierre Blanc since its creation 25 years ago, gathers every year under the spotlight ten young fashion designers and ten young photographers under the patronage of an international jury.
An observatory of trends as well as an international launching pad, the Hyères festival has showcased, more than 300 first-time collections by new fashion designers from all over the world and exhibited the works of over 80 young and innovative photographers. On every edition, the festival presents at the Villa Noailles —the landmark cubist villa built in the 1920’s by Mallet-Stevens — several exhibitions that explore the permeating boundaries between art, photography and fashion.
The Festival’s public increases year after year, attracting designers, industrialists, trendwatchers, agents, buyers, textile federations, distributors, gallerists, museum directors, department stores.
The festival's aim is to offer young talents a genuine professional opportunity by providing them with material and logistical support, as well as profitable contacts and intensive media exposure.
The general public is invited to vote after the fashion shows for an audience award.
All exhibitions are admission-free and remain open until early June.
THE FASHION COMPETITIONTHE FASHION COMPETITION
On the three days of the festival, young fashion designers present to the public their first collection in a series of fashion shows directed by Maïda Gregoiri-Boina. Their proposals are examined and assesed by an attentive jury of industry professionals.
Numerous talents revealed by the past 25 editions of the festival's Fashion Competition have since become essential names in the world of fashion: Viktor & Rolf, Gaspard Yurkievich, Anke Loh, Alexandre Matthieu, Xuly Bët, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Thierry Rondenet & Hervé Yvrenogeau (Own), Xavier Delcour, Cyd Jouny, Marc Le Bihan, Karine Arabian, Sébastien Meunier, Crstof Beaufays, Christian Wijnants, Rivière de Sade, Sandrina Fasoli, Laurent Edmond, Ute Ploier, Hamid Ed-Dakhissi, Henrik Vibskov, Richard René, Daniel Ledermann, Swash, C-Neeon, Romain Kremer,Julien Dossena, Peter Bertsch, Sandra Backlund... To cite only a prominent few.
The Festival’s tight-knit bonds with the fashion industry are one of its major assets: leading fashion companies sponsor all events and awards, and thus mark their engagement towards young talent.
Designers that have taken part in the Festival as members or the jury count Azzedine Alaïa, John Galliano, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Jean Colonna, Martin Margiela, Martine Sitbon, Ann Demeulemeester, APC, Mario-Chanet, Helmut Lang, Gilles Dufour, Véronique Leroy, Michel Perry, Alexander Van Slobbe, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan, Gaspard Yurkievich, Bernhard Willhelm, Bless, Christophe Lemaire, Karl Lagerfeld, Lutz, José Lévy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Pierre Hardy, A. F. Vandevorst, Yvan Mispelaere, Anna Sui, Christian Lacroix, Azzedine Alaïa, Riccardo Tisci, Dries Van Noten and many more.
10 FASHION DESIGNERS
In an environment where the development of new fashion brands is becoming increasingly difficult, it is vital--now more than ever--to help young designers meet the challenges of the industrial process and, ultimately, the market. Indeed, without either of the two there would be little incentive to create new designs. Through its sponsors, the Hyères Festival is committed to providing emerging designers with the right kind of support.
All of the selected candidates will benefit from the support of the Festival’s partners: original printed fabrics will be on offer by Puntoseta, prototypes for skirts and trousers by Maison Wolff, and crystals from the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS collection. The Première Vision show has invited the selected entrants to its show on the 8th -10th February, in order to put them in touch with exhibitors who may wish to offer them the raw materials for the creation of their collections, destined for the festival. Le Book will provide reprints of each of the designers’ and photographers’ work, which will be reproduced in each of its different editions. Modem will also be reporting on their work.
Two prizes will be awarded: the L’Oréal Professionnel Jury Grand Prize, which consists of a grant of 15 000 euro and the Première Vision Prize which consists of a grant of 10 000 euro.
THE PHOTO COMPETITIONTHE PHOTO COMPETITION
Ten years ago, the Hyères Festival opened its doors to young photography with the same pioneering spirit with which it approaches fashion.
The Festival grants creative young talents a unique opportunity to exhibit their work, confront points of view with their peers, and, first and foremost, defend their photographic portafolios in a one-to-one dialogue with art directors, managers of galleries and art institutions, established photographers and a wide variety of professionals working with images (agents, brand representatives, etc.).
The pictures of the photographers in competition will be displayed in a group exhibition. A poster campaign with their work will cover the ten cities in the region.
The Festival’s Photography Competition is aimed to push photographers forward — artistically, editorially, commercially— and every year it produces a different creative synergy that nourishes and revitalizes fashion photography. The festival has helped to launch many a carreer and initiated fruitful collaborations.
Camille Vivier, Olivier Amsellem, Anushka Blommers and Niels Schumm, Sølve Sundsbø, Martine Stig, Morgane LeGall, Daniel Stier, Vava Ribeiro, Martha Camarillo, Erwan Frotin, Charles Fréger, Joël Tettamanti, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, Loan Nguyen, Timur Çelikdag, Franco Musso and Luciana Val, Nico Krebs and Taiyo Onorato, Thomas Mailaender, Kathryn Hillier Melanie Bonajo, Emmeline de Mooij, Carlo Van de Roer, Yann Gross, Matthieu Lavanchy, Alejandra Laviada, Linus Bill, Jaap Scheeren, Estelle Hanania, have all shown their work at Hyères.
Former members of the photography jury include Régis Durand (Jeu de Paume), Christian Caujolle (Agence Vu), Emmanuel Perrotin (Emmanuel Perrotin gallery), Peter Saville (art director), Glenn O'Brien (writer), Paul Wombell (The Photographers’ Gallery), Luca Stoppini (Vogue Italia), Marie-Claude Beaud (Mudam, Luxembourg), Alex Wiederin (Another Magazine), Stephen Frailey (School of Visual Arts, NY), Terry Jones (i-D Magazine), Elfie Semotan (photographer), Dennis Freedman (W Magazine), James Danziger (Danziger projects, New York), Tony Chambers (Wallpaper, Londres), Kathy Ryan ( The NY Times), Urs Stahel (Winterthur Fotomuseum), Marta Gili (Jeu de Paume, Paris), Johan Svensson (Vogue, Paris), Oliviero Toscani, Marloes Krijnen (FOAM, Amsterdam) and more.
PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2011
SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS
The New York School Of Visual Arts is one of the most prestigious school of applied arts & fine arts. Their Critical Photography Certificate Program entitled "Photo Global" is an intensive ONE-YEAR residency offers international participants the
opportunity to work in technologically advanced facilities with renowned photographers to bring critical rigor to the advanced photographer. The function of the program is to advance the content
of individual work through critique, lectures, museum and gallery visits and dialogue with other participants. Seminar Leader: Marc Joseph
Guest Photographers and Lecturers Include: Gregory Crewdson, Tim Davis,Taryn Simon, James Welling, Larry Sultan, Jessica Craig-Martin, Elinor Carucci, Jack Pierson or Collier Schorr.
The School Of Visual Arts offers to the photographer awarded by the Jury Prize a Photo Global one-year scolarship.
Le Book, the international guide-book of creative resources for 25 years now —the reference on photography, illustration, production, art direction, advertising, music and fashion— offers exposure in its Paris, London and New York editions, as it does every year, to the selected photographers of the Hyères photography competition.
THE EXHIBITIONSTHE EXHIBITIONS
In addition to the exhibits devoted to the fashion designers and photographers selected through the competitions, curators Jean-Pierre Blanc (fashion) and Michel Mallard and Raphaëlle Stopin (photography) also strives to combine the works of young talents and established artists.
Each edition of the festival provides an opportunity to commission projects from two young photographers chosen from among the finalists of previous years: one focusing on the creations of the designers in the competition and the other on the city of Hyères or a carte blanche.
In the past, Jeff Riedel, Cédric Buchet and Erwan Frotin have offered their visions of the fashion collections, while Éric Nehr, Maurice Scheltens, Stefan Ruiz and Charles Fréger have created portraits of the town, its landscapes and its inhabitants.
The curatorial program also gives artists who are recognized and respected in the world of the visual arts a chance to be discovered by a wider public. The festival has thus spotlighted the works of Javier Vallhonrat, Guido Mocafico, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Sølve Sundsbø and Kyoichi Tsuzuki with his "Happy Victims", a series on Japanese fashion fanatics or Viviane Sassen, Norbert Schoerner, Jason Schmidt, Steven Klein, Steven Meisel.
The photography curators, willing to give an historical perspective on contemporary image-making, have staged shows of proeminent historical figures whose works still stand out today as strikingly avant-garde : Guy Bourdin (1999), Harri Peccinotti (2000), Saul Leiter (2006), Melvin Sokolsky (2008), Peter Knapp (2009), Walter Pfeiffer (2010) or Erwin Blumenfeld (2011).
By the same token, various incursions of fashion into the spheres of music, video and design find their place in the programming. Festival-goers will remember the intriguing duos formed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino and Martine Sitbon, Jean Colonna and Jeff Burton, or Marcus Tomlinson and Hussein Chalayan. Special exhibits mounted on the initiative of Jean-Pierre Blanc have featured a collaboration between Gaspard Yurkievich and Dani Siciliano and a visionary interpretation of French shoes by the Bouroullec brothers Ronan and Erwan.