Call for entries: le grand prix du carré Hermès

For the first time ever, Hermès is organising an international scarf design competition, open to all those possessing artistic talents expressed through manual skill: designers, artists, illustrators and graphic designers. Hermès will purchase the originals of the competition winners’ designs with a view to reproduction in one of its future collections.

Since 1937, Hermès has reproduced over 2,000 original designs on silk for its scarf collections. Designers from all backgrounds have distinguished themselves in this exercise in composition and narrative. Time after time, young graphic artists or experienced designers from around the world have devoted their talent to ever-contemporary creativity.

The competition will take place in 3 phases

Phase 1

8th March — 31st May 2019: Registration

Candidates register on the Designboom website. They create and fill out a profile containing their personal details, and examples of their previous work. After examining the applications, the Hermès jury will pick around 100 of them. The selected candidates will be informed by email towards mid-July 2019.

Phase 2

Mid-July — Mid-September 2019: Presentation of scarf projects

The selected candidates then present their scarf design project composed of:

  • A short text setting out the theme of the design (250 words maximum)
  • A sketch of the overall composition
  • One or several details to allow the jury to assess the quality of the drawing

Around 10 candidates are selected by the Hermès jury. They will be informed by email towards mid-October 2019.

Phase 3

Mid-October 2019 — Mid-January 2020: Production of a final design to scale

The selected candidates are invited to spend two days at Hermès, in Paris, during November 2019. Following this period of immersion, they will finalise their scarf design to scale (90 x 90 cm), to be ready by Mid-January 2020 at the latest. The Hermès jury will designate one to three winners, whose names will be disclosed on 1st March 2020, then published on the Designboom website.


This competition is intended for draughtsmen, illustrators, graphic designers, artists and designers from around the world, whether professional or amateur, with no restrictions concerning training, techniques, etc. They must have attained the age of majority in their own country. 


The competition winners will each receive 5000 euro excluding taxes, corresponding to the purchase of the original artwork for their design. Due to the French tax regulation, if the participant's tax domicile is located outside the French territory, a withholding tax (of 31%) may be applied to the said sum, subject to the application of a more favorable clause provided for in the potential convention agreed between France and the final winner’s country, and to the submission of a certificate of tax residence by the final winner.


The jury is composed of members of Hermès’ artistic direction and silk department.


31 mei 2019





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