International festival of new fashion talents. Since 1986 the ancient thermal resort of the CÂte d’Azur has been the location of this important annual event, the Festival of Art and Fashion. Young photographers and newly graduated designers enjoy the first and most important occasion to encounter the professional world of fashion. The central moments of the festival are the exhibitions that a jury, usually composed of great fashion designers, oversee in order to assign awards to promising talent. In 1999 the names awarded were: Alexandre Matthieu, Stéphane Courdet, and Christof Beaufays, a young Belgian designer about whom Gaultier said: “He offers the vision of the man of the third millennium”.
&Quad;2002. The Grand Prix of the fashion section was equally assigned to Félipé Oliveira Batista and to Rivière de Sade.
&Quad;2003, April. The event, sponsored for the fifth consecutive year by the Group Lvmh, awarded the Italian-Belgian designer Sandrina Fasoli for women’s fashion and the Austrian Ute Ploier for the menswear. Fasoli also won the 1,2,3 award with the French Laurent Edmond.