Young Irish Photographer Develops Positive Picture at French Fashion & Photography Festival

The 32nd edition of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography at Hyères took place at the Villa Noailles in France last week. As the winners were announced, the work of all the finalists has also been made available at an exhibition at the villa running until 28th May, 2017. The festival directed by Jean-Pierre Blanc and presided by Pascale Mussard, is curated to encourage and support young artists in the fields of fashion and photography, and for the first-time accessory designers were included in the competition. Several prizes were awarded to the young competing artists.

Shortlisted Fashion Designers – Danial Aitouganov, Netherlands/Russia – Hyunwoo Kim, Republic Of Korea – Maria Korkeila, Finland – Hermione Flynn, New Zealand – Gesine Försterling, Germany – Marianna Ladreyt, France – Vanessa Schindler, Switzerland – Marine Serre, France -Lotte Van Dijk, Netherlands – Fuhong Yang, China.

The Grand Prix Du Jury Première Vision Award went to Vanessa Schindler from Switzerland for her Womenswear collection. The Grand Prix of the jury Première Vision consists of a grant of 15,000 euros offered by Première Vision and a high level of visibility at both Première Vision New-York and Première Vision Paris shows. Along with this, Vanessa will also have the opportunity to undertake a project with CHANEL’s Maisons d’art, worth up to 15,000 euros and she will collaborate with Petit Bateau with a grant of 10,000 euros plus royalties, for the creation of one or several styles to be manufactured and sold by the brand.

Young French Designer Marine Serre will also be invited by the brand Galeries Lafayette to create a limited edition collection inspired by his practice. The collection will be sold in selected network stores, in Paris and online at Galerieslafayette.com.

In cooperation with ELLE Germany, Mercedes-Benz will invite a winner to present his/her collection at Berlin Fashion Week S/S18. The collection will be seen by an audience of 200,000 buyers and press from all over the world. Berlin Fashion Week will take place from July 4th-7th, 2017.

In support of young creative talents, EXCEPTION will also offer Marine Serre solid opportunities of work and exposures in China, with projects on agreed topics. EXCEPTION de MIXMIND, established in 1996, is one of China’s longest-established and most successful fashion labels.

Italian fabric manufacturer, Puntoseta will offer the fashion designer prize winners the opportunity to create a personalised fabric for their next collection. The fashion and accessories trade shows, Paris sur Mode and Premiere Classe Tuileries will host and highlight the winners of the Festival de Hyères during the September 2017 fashion week at the heart of the Jardin des Tuileries, providing them with national and international exposure.

Shortlisted Fashion Accessories Designers – Wendy Andreu, France – Marina Chedel, Switzerland – Alexandre Girard, France – Christophe Lhote, France – Emma Montague, Denmark/Australia – Noémie Nivelet, France – Mayeul Reignault, France – Eeva Rönkä, Finland – Thibaut Rodde & Sandrine Paskusz-Koffi, France – Sofya Samareva, Czech Republic.

For over 120 years, SWAROVSKI have been delivering crystals of an unmatched quality, craftsmanship and creativity. Their brilliance and versatility possess a magical ability to bring artistic visions to life and have become essential ingredients in contemporary design. SWAROVSKI will provide the fashion accessories finalists with a generous selection of crystals for their collections.

Eyes on Talents will invite finalists of the three categories to have their online page with profile and portfolio on Eyes on Talents. In addition, the winners will benefit from special communication towards Eyes on Talents’ member brands, publications and cultural institutions.

Shortlisted Photographers – Nolwenn Brod, France – Cordula Heins & Caroline Speisser, Germany – Lucie Khahoutian, Armenia – Themba Mbuyisa, South Africa – Nancy Newberry, United States – Sofia Okkonen, Finland – Roos Quakernaat, Netherlands – Luis Alberto Rodriguez, United States/Sweden – Paul Rousteau, France – Daragh Soden, Ireland.

The Photography Grand Prix Of The Jury went to Daragh Soden from Ireland. Daragh will be rewarded with a grant of 15,000 euros from CHANEL who support the Photography Grand Prix of the Jury.

The artworks by the selected photographers will be presented during portfolio reviews, which will be open to professionals during the festival and during a group show curated by Raphaëlle Stopin which will be held at the villa Noailles, until 25th of May.

Nolwenn Brod will receive a 6,000 Euros grant and will be offered an artistic residency of three weeks in Beirut to produce a series on the city. Eyes on Talents will invite finalists of the three categories to have their online page with profile and portfolio on Eyes on Talents. In addition, the winners will benefit from special communication towards Eyes on Talents’ member brands, publications and cultural institutions. Le Coeur will showcase an exhibition for Daragh Soden during Paris Photo, the International Fine Art Photography Fair.

(c) Daragh Soden