News

Aalto students and alumni in the Hyères Fashion and Photography Festival final

This year Aalto sees three individuals from our community nominated to the finals: Maria Korkeila, alumni Eeva Rönkä and Sofia Okkonen.

 

The 32nd annual Festival International de Mode & de Photographie Hyères award will be held at the end of April in France. Each year the competition brings together the best and brightest in their field to be reviewed by a panel of influential artists, designers and professionals from various fields of fashion.

Fashion designer Maria Korkeila has been selected to be among the ten finalists at the prestigious Hyères Festival. While photographer Sofia Okkonen has been additionally nominated for her work and MA fashion alumni Eeva Rönkä has been selected for the accessories portion of the award.

Says Korkeila, “I'm feeling overjoyed, quite stunned, excited and a bit overwhelmed about the news of being a Hyères finalist, as it has been something of a dream since I first started at Aalto. I guess it hasn't really sunk in yet... I wouldn't be here if it weren't for our teachers, staff and studios.  So, I'd like to give a big thanks to them. I'm really looking forward to being a part of Hyères and everything that comes along with it!”

In recent years, Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture students have been highly recognized for their work, winning first place prizes in 2012 and 2013. In 2015 Hanne Jurmu and Anton Vartiainen won the Chloé Prize and received the jury's special mention.

Fashion professor Pirjo Hirvonen explains, “This is one of the most important places for emerging talent in the world. I am so excited and proud of all these students. The competition is very high and the student work so hard and offer such original ideas; they show so well for the school, the university and for Finland.”

The judges of the festival represent some of the top international figures in the fashion and photography world. The event has been held at the famous Villa Noailles in Hyères on the French Riviera since the beginning of the 1980s and is regarded as one of the world's most prestigious competitions.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is frequently ranked well internationally.  In 2016 the Business of Fashion (BOF) ranked the Fashion Bachelor's Programme as number 3 in the world and the Master's Programme in Fashion at Aalto University was placed 15th on the same list.

  • Published:
  • Updated:
Share
URL copied!

Related news

Akatemiaprofessori Paavo Alku
Honoured Published:

Professor Paavo Alku becomes an ISCA Fellow

Professor Alku is the first Finnish person to receive this title.
aalto elec almnus of the year siamäk naghian image annamari tolonen
Honoured Published:

School of Electrical Engineering Alumnus of the Year Siamäk Naghian: The university gave me a path into Finnish society

Technology is art for the managing director of Genelec. He’s fascinated by the idea that music played on the company's speakers is based on the laws of physics.
Three people sitting in a taxi
Honoured, University Published:

Several Finnish Film awards to Aalto alumni

At this year's Jussi Gala for Finnish Film many alumni from the Department of Film, Television and Scenography as well as the Department of Design were awarded.
Kuva Aalto-yliopiston kymmenvuotisjuhlasta
Honoured, University Published:

Aalto University's 10th anniversary was celebrated on 10 October

After Aalto University President Ilkka Niemelä's greetings, Alumni Studio featured three Aalto alumni discussing sustainable development and the most pressing global challenges of our time. The event was concluded with an entertaining science show where Aalto's top researchers stepped into the limelight to explain why their research is important right now.