31st Festival d’Hyères. The winners and their prizes

Wataru Tominaga collection Hyeres Festival

Japan’s Wataru Tominaga Wins the Grand Prize at the 31st Festival d’Hyères. The audacity, the graphic strength and strong visual impact of the collection of Japanese fashion designer Wataru Tominaga, supported by his research on materials and technical clothing convinced unanimously the jury of the Hyères Festival 2016. Tominaga’s work seems to exceeds the limits of male / female equality to create a positive dynamic.

The 31st edition of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography at Hyères took place at the Villa Noailles between the 21st and the 25th of April, 2016. The exhibitions is Hyères, the most southerly city of Provence ( and one of the sunniest), will run until the 22nd of May. The festival directed by Jean-Pierre Blanc and presided over by Didier Grumbach, annually encourages and supports young artists in the fields of fashion and photography.

WATARU TOMINAGA the 31st Festival d’Hyères

As at each edition, Première Vision once again welcomed the 10 finalists last February. These young designers were able to meet the exhibitors and manufacturers of the Première Vision show. Depending on their projects, they were able to choose their yarns, fabrics or accessories. They were also accompanied during the making of their collection.

“We gave the grand prize to Japan’s Wataru Tominaga for his brightly colored, pleated, and heat-taped menswear. Tominaga named Madame Grès as an inspiration and Dossena likened the work to “a new Pleats Please by Issey Miyake,” but the clothes were unique: bold, optimistic, zany even,” explained Vogue Magazine.

The winner will have 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. The prize includes a collaborative project with some of CHANEL’s Métiers d’Art, up to 15,000 euros and a collaboration with Petit Bateau brand on one or more of its emblematic products.



A glimpse at the work of this year’s Chloé Prize finalists at #HyeresFestival during a jury panel presentation of their Chloé looks

Finnish duo Hanne Jurmu and Anton Vartiainen won the Chloé Prize at the Hyères Festival and a grant of 15,000 euros. Watch the interviews here. 

“In ‘an area of climate changes’, Hanne Jurmu and Anton Vartiainen show that we can create beauty and poetry with what is considered junk. With this collection, they arouse a romantic feeling,” explained the jury.

Other prizes:
Mercedes-Benz will invite one of the winners of the fashion show category to showcase his or her collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, in collaboration with the German edition of ELLE magazine.

The Galeries Lafayette Group will offer a visibility to the award winning creations throughout the network of the Galeries Lafayette.

EXCEPTION will offer to Hanne Jurmu et Anton Vartiainen solid opportunities of work and exposures in China, with projects on agreed topics.

Eyes on Talents invites the ten finalists of each category to have their page with profile and online portfolio on Eyes on Talents. The winners and finalists will benefit in addition with special communication towards Eyes on Talents member brands.

Puntoseta offers to all awarded designers an original printed fabric.

Catwalk Pictures offers to Wataru Tominaga the pictures of its next fashion show during Paris fashion week.

All of the selected candidates have benefit from the support of the Festival’s partners : original printed fabrics were on offer by Puntoseta, crystals sponsored by Swarovski while Givaudan created a perfume for each of the ten competing designer.

THE GRAND PRIX OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY JURY went to Vendula Knopova (Czech Republic). CHANEL supports the Grand
Prix of the Photography Jury, where the prize-winner will receive a donation of 15.000 euros. PUBLIC AWARD CITY OF HYÈRES goes to photographer ANAÏS BOILEAU from France.

Memorieslab offers to Vendula Knopovà, winner of the Grand Prix of the Photography Jury a grant of 7.500 euros worth ofMemorieslab’s specialized bespoke photographic print making services.The same value amount is allocated to Jojakim Cortis andAdrian Sonderegger, photographers in competition rewarded fort heir talent.

The photographer Anaïs Boileau will recieve a commission of 6000euros and an artistic residency of three weeks in Beirut to produce a series on the city.

All finalists of both categories will be invited 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.

the 31st Festival d’Hyères-the trophies


Based on a sketch by Karl Lagerfeld, the Maison Desrues has created the trophies for the thirtieth edition of the Hyères festival. There are two versions of the trophy, the first predominantly bronze, the second predominantly silver. Seventy-five hours of work were required to make each palm tree shaped trophy.

The design process entailed forty hours of work for the mockup, each element being hand-crafted by a model designer before being cast in bronze.

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