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Hyères Fashion and Photography festival – winners announced

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Stylesight just returned from the 2010 Hyeres Festival in the hills of the South of France. The annual  competition and exhibit sees the works of ten young fashion designers and ten photographers displayed in the Villa Noailles – a beautiful early modernist villa previously owned by Charles de Noailles and his wife Marie-Laure patrons of the surrealist movement.

The four day event culminates with a runway show and awards ceremony – this year’s jury was led by Dries van Noten. The Grand Prize for Fashion sponsored by L’Oreal Professional went to young Belgian designer Alexandra Verscheuren for her womenswear collection. Verscheuren, a graduate of the Antwerp Academy and former Derek Lam intern created a fragile line of carefully hand-cut and folded fabrics with manually drawn prints replicating paper sculptures. The prize was given along with a 15, 000 euros grant.

The Public Prize was awarded to Tsomandakh Munkhuu from Mongolia for a dark women’s line in all-black with heavy, ethnic embroideries.

The Photography Jury Grand Prize was jointly awarded to Swiss artists Matthieu Lavanchy and Yann Gross. Lavanchy’s Mister Schuhlmann collection, imagines the activities of a mysterious suburban neighbor while Gross’ traveled to Uganda to document East African skate culture.  The winners will exhibit their work in Liberty, London.

Look out for further Stylesight coverage of the participants, installations and conferences exploring the permeating boundaries between art, photography and fashion as well as the effortlessly elegant street style.

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