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Collection Master 2016, Vanessa Schindler ©Photo Myriam Ziehli


HEAD celebrates its 10th anniversary !

HEAD – Genève, Geneva School of Art and Design, will celebrate its 10th anniversary and launches its annual show, the DEFILE HEAD, which through the years has become a major fashion event in French-speaking Switzerland. As a testimony to the international reach of its fashion department, the school has appeared in the prestigious Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Rankings for the first time in 2016.


For the second year running, HEAD will occupy Espace Hippomène, an amazing space for the show and for the showroom in which the school’s Product Design / Jewellery & Accessory Department’s creations will be exhibited.


True to its demanding high standards, the programme of DEFILE HEAD 2016 will present 20 BA collections, including eleven women’s collections, eight men’s collections and one children’s collection. Five MA collections will also feature in the programme, including three women’s collections and two men’s and mixed collections.

The BA graduate collections in Product Design / Jewellery & Accessory will be exhibited in the showroom. The selection will show four jewellery projects, two watch design projects, one pouch accessory project, one fan project and one shoe accessory project, as well as a MA in Fashion and Accessories Design collection which will present a bag accessory project.

Two prestigious prizes


At the end of the show, two Prizes will be awarded by an independent international jury, featuring professionals and experts from the fashion industry:
HEAD Bachelor’s Bongénie Prize, for a value of CHF 5,000
HEAD Master’s Mercedes-Benz Prize, for a value of CHF 10,000


An international jury


President of the jury:
Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Fashion Designer and Artistic Director at Lacoste

Members of the jury:

Jean-Marc Brunschwig, partner, Brunschwig Holding SA, owner of Bongénie Grieder
Isabelle Cerboneschi, editor in chief, Special Issues, Le Temps
José Lamali, artistic director, Etudes Studio, Paris
Valentina Maggi, director Design practice, Floriane de Saint Pierre & Associés, Paris
Florence Tétier, editor in chief, Novembre Magazine, Paris
Julian Zigerli, fashion designer, Zurich



The designers


Fashion graduates in the show: 

Rafaela Almeida
Stéphanie Bircher
Justine  Chanal
Laura Cotonnet
Dan  Dwir
Cindy  Falconnet
Danae Fenger
Aurélia Joly
Cécile Krähenbühl
Ninon Lê van
Maïa Logossou
Humbert  Mathilde
Pamina Meyer
Julie Parenthoux
Laetitia  Pascalin
Eugenia Petersen
Bui Quynh
Alice Rabot
Chloé  Robilahy
Coline  Rossetti


Fashion Master graduates in the show: 

Jeremy Gaillard
Xénia Laffely
Julie-Vanille Montaurier
Vanessa Schindler
Outi Silvola



Artistic direction


Léa Peckre, Head of the Fashion Design Department at HEAD since 2015, will oversee the artistic direction of the DEFILE HEAD 2016. A leading figure for a new generation of experienced young designers, she has been managing her own Parisian brand since 2012, after proving her worth in the haute couture creation workshops of Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy and Isabelle Marant, after graduating. In 2011, her collection entitled “Les cimetières sont des Champs de Fleurs” (Cemeteries are Fields of Flowers) earned her the Grand Jury Prize at the Hyeres Festival, presided over by Raf Simons, and in 2015 she won the First Collection Prize at the ANDAM – the National Association for the Development of Fashion Arts.


Our partners


Without them, DEFILE HEAD would certainly not be as prestigious. We extend our gratitude to Mercedes-Benz, our main sponsor, as well as to Chloé, Bongénie, MAC, Le Bal des Créateurs, Oribe - DG Luxury, Lavinia, Skynight, Hotel N’vy, Bolero, Novembre, Léman Bleu, One FM, Espace Hippomène.



Key figures


2008 Organisation of the first public show at the Centre d'art contemporain Genève
2012 Launch of the MA in Fashion and Accessory Design
20 BA collections
5 MA collections
180 outfits
2 shows
60 models

1-hour show
750 seats
250 standing


Practical information


DEFILE HEAD 2016 will take place on Friday 18 November at Espace Hippomène, Geneva at 18:00 and 20:30

Ticket office

Seating area: CHF 20
Standing area: CHF 10
Student rate: CHF 10


Open Days at HEAD

Friday 20 January 2017 from 14:00 to 19:00
Saturday 21 January 2017 from 10:00 to 18:00

The school’s next open days will be held in January 2017. This annual event aims to show the school’s programmes from the inside and enables the public to be in close contact with teachers and students.


Admissions for 2017 will open mid-November 2016.
Public briefings:
Wednesday 7 December 2016 from 18:30 to 20:30
Wednesday 11 January 2017 from 18:30 to 20:30
Wednesday 22 February 2017 from 18:30 to 20:30
Auditoire, Bd James-Fazy 15, 1201 Geneva



Contact Presse


Sandra Mudronja
Communications & External Relations

T +41 22 388 51 19 M +41 79 445 87 92



Alexandre Lanz
Media Relations DEFILE HEAD 2016

T. +41 22 388 51 95 M +41 78 797 96 26


Haute école d’art et de design – Genève
Bd James-Fazy 15, CH-1201 Genève


HES-SO Genève

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