May 2, 2017

Aalto student finds success at Hyères

Photo from Maria Korkela's collection.
Photo from Maria Korkela's collection.
Guillaume Roujas

Aalto University design student Maria Korkeila was awarded the Schiaparelli Prize at the Hyères Fashion Festival in France last weekend.

The prize includes a 10 000-euro grant from Schiaparelli and a possibility to work at its studios.

“I am very happy and confused about the prize,” Korkeila says. “The jury encouraged me to follow my own path, to listen to myself.”

Korkeila was selected among the competition’s 10 finalists earlier this spring. Photographer Sofia Okkonen was one of the finalists in photography, and an Aalto alumna Eeva Rönkä in accessories.

Fashion professor Pirjo Hirvonen says she’s excited and proud of all the students.

“The competition is very high and the students work so hard with their collections,” she notes. “Finnish fashion design has established a high international level.”

This year, the The Grand Prix Prize was awarded to Swiss designer Vanessa Schindler.

Previously, the students of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture have won the first prizes of Hyéres in 2012 and 2013. In 2016, Hanne Jurmu and Anton Vartiainen won the Chloé Prize and received the jury’s special mention.

Last year’s finalist Rolf Ekroth reappeared at Hyères, as his collection for the French department store Galeries Lafayette was launched.

Good News from Finland featured Finnish fashion design and Hyères last year. Read the story here.