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The 38th international festival, Hyeres, will take place at Villa Noailles between the 12th and 15th October 2023, hosting competitions in three categories: Fashion, Photography and Accessories. At the festival there will be events such as exhibitions from this year's competition finalists as well as external creatives, creative workshops, book signings and presentations. The exhibitions will continue to be open to the public until January 2024.
Since 1986, there have been fashion prizes distributed as part of the festival. Finalists for the fashion prizes have been selected by ten jurors led by this year's president of the fashion jury, Charles de Vilmorin, designer and creative director of Rochas.
The finalists for the fashion competition are a diverse group of designers from around the world. One is UK based designer Alec Rhys Bizby who creates menswear from sustainable recycled fabrics. Another is Swedish designer Petra Fagerstrom, who incorporates soviet propaganda posters that are only visible when the fabric is in motion into their designs. Fagerstrom has also worked with The Kooples in the past, creating an upcycled collection from their deadstock materials.
The other finalists for the fashion competition are :
Launched in 2021, this prize rewards the finalist who best incorporates sustainable production methods into their collections in aims to future proof the fashion industry. The prize awards innovation, creativity and responsible design and is the most important to us at Luxiders magazine.
This prize is in partnership with Premiere Vision who assist the finalists in the development and production of their collections. The winner of the prize will be awarded with a one year mentorship to advise on career planning, a grant sponsored by Premiere Vision and the conception of a capsule collection.
The winner of this prize will receive a grant of 20,000 euros in order to create a new collection that will be shown at the festival next year. This will be awarded to one of the 10 finalists who have the best collaboration with a Chanel Metiers d’art house. Some of the houses that will be collaborating with the finalists on this award include Paloma and Causse.
The final prize will award one of the ten finalists with 10,000 euros worth of materials from L’Atelier des Matieres. This will be given to the finalist who creates the best silhouette from materials provided by L’Atelier des Matieres.
The photography competition prize has been a feature of the festival since 1997. This year, the President of the photography jury will be Luis Alberto Rodriguez, a photographer and winner of the American Vintage Photography Prize in 2017. Rodriguez along with the other jurors met in Paris to make a selection, deciding on 10 finalists for the photography competition.
Amongst the finalists are Senegal based photographer Souleymane Bachir Diaw, whose work looks at the connection between the themes of masculinity and strength, and Naguel Rivero, who creates work surrounding the themes of lack of consumer awareness and over consumption of clothing.
The other finalist photographers are :
This year two photography prizes will be rewarded at the award ceremony.
AMERICAN VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE
This prize has been a part of the festival for the last six years and is returning this year. For this prize, the ten finalists must create a unique print based on a selection of American Vintage pieces. One of the ten will then be selected by the jury to receive a fashion photoshoot order worth 15,000 euros.
7L PHOTOGRAPHY GRAND JURY PRIZE
A new addition to the photography competition this year, the prize will award one finalist with the opportunity to produce a book published by Editions 7L as well as the opportunity to exhibit at the Hyeres festival next year.
Accessories is the newest competition category, running only since 2016. The president of the accessories jury this year is Alan Crocetti, a jewelry designer whose work has been presented at Paris and London fashion weeks. One finalist selected by Crocetti and the other nine individuals on the jury is Lisa Kwoczek, a German jewelry and accessory designer who upcycles plastic waste such as bottles and nets into functional bags. Another finalist is Christiane Schwambach, who also incorporates sustainability into their work, using existing and recycled materials to build new pieces and focusing on craftsmanship over mass production.
The remaining finalists for the accessories competition are :
Two accessory prizes are being awarded at this year's festival.
For this prize, the jury will select one finalist to receive a collaborative project with Metiers d’art, worth up to 20,000 euros.
This prize will be awarded to one of the finalists for the creation of a leather accessory. The prize will be a 20,000 euro grant sponsored by Hermes.