The Very Special 26th International Fashion and Photography Festival of Hyères France

©Erwin Blumenfeld

As a Fashion photographer for 25+ years, I have had the privilege of being exposed to a wide panoply of incredibly talented photographers and fashion designers. There are several venues around the world that feature young up and coming artists, as well as confirmed professionals. One of the festivals that has been in existence for 25+ years as well is The International Fashion and Photography Festival of Hyères ,France. The Festival runs from April 29th to May 2nd 2011 and the Exhibition runs from April 30th to May 29th 2011.

© Daniel Sannwald

This year the festival is featuring 10 incredibly talented designers and 10 gifted fashion photographers. I have had a close look at the talent on offer and I must say, I am truly impressed. The judges are going to have their hands full and I am sure that no matter the outcome, it will be a win win situation for all involved. Many greats have come out of this festival like Photographer Sølve Sundsbø and Fashion Designers Viktor & Rolf.

©Juliette Alleaume & Marie Vial

What I find interesting is that some of my favorite artists commenced with this festival and have gone on to become Giants in their chosen Art Form. What I also appreciate is the diversity of those involved in the judging process of this years festival. There is a melting pot of individuals from a wide panoply of the creative universal soup. It is in my opinion analogous to what I experienced when I attended Architectural School in Canada. None the less, I sincerely, highly recommend you look in to the possibility of attending this rare gem of a festival in one of the most picturesque parts of France. Don’t miss it.

© Léa Peckre

Here is the List of the 10 Designers Showing

Juliette Alleaume and Marie Vial, France, Womenswear collection
Mads Dinesen, Denmark, Menswear collection
Michael Kampe, Germany, Menswear collection
Maryam Kordbacheh, The Netherlands, Womenswear collection
Oriane Leclercq, Belgium, Womenswear collection
Janosch Mallwitz, Germany, Menswear collection
Emilie Meldem, Switzerland, Womenswear collection
Céline Meteil, France, Womenswear collection
Oda Pausma, The Netherlands,Womenswear collection
Léa Peckre, France, Womenswear collection

© Ina Jang

Here is the List of the 10 Photographers Exhibiting

Andrey Bogush, Russia / Finland
Kim Boske, The Netherlands
Émile Hyperion Dubuisson, France / USA
Katarina Elvén, Sweden
Ina Jang, South Korea / USA
Anouk Kruithof, The Netherlands / Germany
Mårten Lange, Sweden
Marie Quéau, France
Awoiska van der Molen, The Netherlands
Marc Philip van Kempen, The Netherlands /Germany

© Andrey Bogush

Here is the Jury for Photography

Magdalene Keaney, Curator,Fashion Space Gallery, London
Winfried Heininger, Founder & Creative Director, Kodoji Press, Baden
Tom Watt, Art Director ArtReview, London
Jennifer Pastore, Photo Editor, Teen Vogue, New York
Nathalie Herschdorfer, Curator, Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Lausanne
Colette Olof, Curator, FOAM, Amsterdam
Yannick Bouillis, Founder & Director Offprint, Amsterdam et Paris
Faye Dowling, Director of Photography, Dazed & Confused, London
Jason Evans, Photographer, UK
Marc Feustel, Curator, blogger, Eyecurious, Paris

© Céline Méteil

The Jury for Fashion

Raf Simons, designer, Antwerp – President of the Jury
Tim Blanks, journalist,, London
Floriane de Saint Pierre, CEO Floriane de Saint Pierre & Associés, Paris
Michel Gaubert, musician, sound designer, Paris
Lazaro hernandez & Jack McCollough, designers,
Proenza Schouler, New York
Cathy Horyn, journalist, The New York Times, New York
Christopher Kane, Designer, London
Carla Sozzani, founder of Corso Como, Milan

The President of the Jury for the 26th Season is Fashion Designer Raf Simons

© Raf Simons

The Exhibitions Shown Are

Erwin Blumenfeld, Squash, villa Noailles
Raf Simons, History of my world / swimming pool, gymnasium, villa Noailles
Daniel Sannwald, Galerie d’actualité, villa Noailles
Mareunrol’s, Tenants / Summer House, garden, villa Noailles
Sandra Backlund, Cuprum / Pigeonnier, jardin, villa Noailles
Yann Gross, Tour des Templiers, old city center, Hyères
L’imparfaite, Terrace, villa Noailles
Lila Loupias, Parvis, villa Noailles
Bless,Invitation 1 / exhibition Charles & Marie-Laure de Noailles, villa Noailles

Everything You Need to Know about Hyères in 2’6″


Festival International de Mode et de Photographie à Hyères
Villa Noailles
Montée Noailles
83 400 Hyères, FRANCE
T : +33(0)4 98 08 01 98 / F : +33(0)4 98 08 01 90

Press Contacts

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About Benjamin Kanarek
Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…