Directed and founded in 1986 by Jean-Pierre Blanc
Headed by Didier Grumbach

A dedicated launch-pad for emerging designers and photographers, the hyères Festival is focused around exhibitions, conferences, and two competitions, involving ten designers ad ten photographers, selected by two juries consisting of members of both fields.
The work of the chosen candidates is presented to the jury and the public in either fashion shows (designers) or group exhibitions (photographers).

Their proposals are examined and assesed by an attentive jury of industry professionals. Numerous tal- ents revealed by the past of the festival’s fashion competi- tion have since become essential names in the world of fashion: Viktor & Rolf, Jamin Puech, Karine Arabian, Sami Tillouche, Gaspard Yurkievich, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Sébastien Meunier, Christian Wijnants, Richard René, Swash, Romain Kremer, Anthony Vaccarello, Julien Dossena, Sandra Backlund, Jean-Paul Lespagnard, Cunnington & Sanderson, Mareunrol’s, Alexandra Verschueren, Léa Peckre, Laitinen - Raasakka & Siren, Steven Tai, Satu Maaranen, Kenta Matsushige, Roshi Porkar.
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 of the jury count, to cite a prominent few: Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan, Hel- mut Lang, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Martine Sitbon, John Galliano, Pierre Hardy, Jean Colonna, Azzedine Alaïa, Ann Demeulemeester, Christian Lacroix, Riccardo Tisci, Haider Ackermann, Kris van Assche, Dries van Noten, Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Carol Lim & Humberto Leon.


During the three days of the festival, the selected photographers meet to discuss their exhibited work and ongoing portfolios
with the members of the jury. Art dealers, museum curators,
art critics, art directors for magazines or advertising agencies, among past Festival jurors we can randomly mention Urs Stahel (Fotomuseum Winterthur), Marloes Krijnen (FOAM, Amsterdam), Dennis Freedman (W, New York), Charlotte Cotton, Glenn O’Brien, Marta Gili (Jeu de Paume, Paris), Jörg Koch (032C, Berlin), James Reid (Wallpaper*, London), Frits Gierstberg (Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam), Kathy Ryan (New York Times, New York), David Campany (London), Joerg Colberg (Conscientious), Charles Fréger (photographer, France), Erik Kessels (KesselsKramer, Amsterdam), Brett Rogers (The Photographer’s Gallery, London), Karen Langley (Dazed, London), Winfried Heininger (Kodoji Press, Switzerland), Damien Poulain (Oodee, London), Jason Evans (photographer, United Kingdom), Mutsuko Ota (IMA, Tokyo), etc. Agents, art dealers and art directors, all eager to meet new talent, also attend the Festival.
The Hyères meetings between artists and jurors render possible an in-depth discussion — elsewhere highly improbable — about the photographer’s work and its potentialities. An intellectually intense exchange between photographers and key figures of the artistic and commercial spheres, these one to one meetings have often proved fruitful opening for the photographers the doors
to different media, from the pages of a magazine to the walls
of a museum or an advertising campaign.


On the three days of the festival, young fashion designers present to the public their first collection in a series of three 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, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Thierry Rondenet et Hervé Yvrenogeau (Own), Xavier Delcour, Cyd Jouny, Marc Le Bihan, Karine Arabian, Sébastien Meunier, Goran Pejkoski, 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, Sandra Backlund, Matthew Cunnington, Jean-Paul Lespagnard, Mareunrol's, Alexandra Verschueren, Yiqin Yin, Léa Peckre, Céline Méteil... 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, John Galliano, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Jean Colonna, Martin Margiela, Martine Sitbon, Ann Demeulemeester, APC, Mariot 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, Haider Ackermann, Kris van Assche, Dries Van Noten, Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto and many more.

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 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.

Four prizes will be awarded:

Many of the Festival's partners participate in granting the prizes ;Swarovski Elements, Camper, Givaudan, Mobilier National with the Manufactures Gobelins - Beauvais - Savonnerie, Mercedes Benz, Catwalk pictures

the L’Oréal Professionnel Jury Grand Prize, which consists of a grant of 15 000 euro,
the Première Vision Prize which consists of a grant of 10 000 euro,
the Chloé Prize which consists of a grant, Maison Chloé reserves the right to market the winner's design,
the Public Prize of the City of Hyères



Thirteen years ago, the Hyères Festival opened its doors to young photography with the same pioneering spirit with which it approaches fashion.  For the thirteenth year, Raphaëlle Stopin and Jean Pierre Blanc open doors to the photographers of tomorrow.

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 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 career 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.

The New York School of Visual Arts is one of the most prestigious schools of applied arts & fine arts. Their Critical Photography Program entitled "Photo Global" is an intensive ONE-YEAR residency offering international participants the opportunity to work with technologically advanced facilities and with renowned photographers.  The function of the program is to improve the content of individual work of advanced photographers through critique, lectures, museum and gallery visits and dialogue with other participants. Seminar Leader: Marc Joseph Berg
Guest Photographers and Lecturers Include:  Tina Barney, Elinor Carucci, Roe Etheridge, Joseph Maida, Roxana Marcoci, Vik Muniz, Eva Respini, Jody Quon, Dan Graham, Olaf Breuning, Eric Weeks and Michael Smith.

The School Of Visual Arts offers a one year Photo Global scholarship from 2013 until 2014 to one of the shortlisted photographers of the Festival d'Hyères 2013.


In addition to the exhibits devoted to the fashion designers and photographers selected through the competitions, curators Jean-Pierre Blanc and Magalie Guérin (fashion) 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.