The Festival d’Hyères
spotlights young promising artists, and the grand prize of the jury has gotten to be known as a highway to fame. A few of the earlier winners include Anthony Vaccarello, Viktor&Rolf and Julien Dossena, creative director of Paco Rabanne and this year’s jury leader. The prize includes 15,000 euros, but also showing the winning collection in New York and Paris, designing a women’s collection with Chanel’s Métiers d’Art to be presented at next year’s festival, and serving as jury on the PV awards in September. This year’s winner is Japanese designer Wataru Tominaga
, a CSM alumni with a background in fine arts who is not so sure about being tagged as a designer. We talk to him after his big success.