Swiss Designer Vanessa Schindler wins Hyères Première Vision Grand Prize
At the invitation of Mercedes-Benz and ELLE, Swiss designer Vanessa’s Schindler’s collection won Hyères Festival’s Première Vision Grand Prize worth €15,000.
The Swiss designer collection convinced the jury with innovative work with new materials. Diaphanous fabrics, encrusted with glittering transparent ornaments, velvet and a playful use of contrasts and volume are hallmarks of Vanessa Schindler’s work.
The Swiss designer, a graduate of the Geneva University of Art and Design, made a case for radical new-gen textile craftsmanship using liquid polymer with her master’s collection, “Urethane Pool, Chapitre 2.” She discovered that fabrics can be joined seamlessly with urethane and that the polymer can bond cut edges so that they do not fray.
“In the beginning I wanted to master the material, but over the course of time I began to accept its qualities and see the distortions that were created from a new perspective. That allowed me to begin playing around with functionality and ornamentation,” stated Vanessa Schindler, describing the process behind her collection.
Her innovative use of materials and the resultant creations led Mercedes-Benz and ELLE to invite Vanessa Schindler to Berlin, where the designer showed the looks presented in Hyères alongside new works. Both brands have been intensively involved over the years in promoting gifted young designers and today marks the 14th time that they have enabled an exceptional talent to appear on the international fashion platform in Berlin.