The 35th edition of the Festival takes place from Thursday 15th to sunday 18th october 2020 at Hyères, at the villa Noailles. The exhibitions are open to the public until 29 november 2020.

Jean-Pierre Blanc is both the founder and the director of the festival which will be presided over by Pascale Mussard. Since 1986, the festival has promoted and supported young international fashion designers, since 1997 a competition has also existed for emerging photographers and this year, for the fourth time, a competition will also recognise young fashion accessory designers. The festival is acknowledged as the oldest fashion competition aimed at young professionals.

Several prizes are awarded to the competing designers thanks to grants provided by the festival’s partners who commit, together with the festival, to provide long term support. Practical assistance is provided right from the selection stage as well as during a period of two years in various different domains: financing, production, workmanship, materials, production, legal, media, exhibitions, workshops and residencies. This year again new partners are providing their support for this young generation by joining together with the arts center.

Hermès is partnering with the International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories to launch the Hermès Fashion Accessories Prize. Through this prize, Hermès is delighted to support young talent and demonstrate its commitment to boldness and innovation as drivers of creativity. Creative freedom, a constant quest for the finest materials, the transmission of exceptional know- how, innovative craftsmanship and the aesthetics of function combine to embody the uniqueness of the house which, since 1837, has supported those who learn, master and transmit creative gestures. The Hermès Fashion Accessories Prize, with a grant of €20,000, is awarded to one winner for the creation of a piece of a leather fashion accessory.