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International scarf design competition

8th March 2019 – 1st March 2020


Information on how to enter and prizes form part of the OFFICIAL RULES. Please read them carefully before entering. 


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, 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.


Above all a space for freedom, the scarf is nourished by paradoxes, as Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Hermès artistic director, explains: Enigmatic yet clear, simple yet luxuriant, meaningful yet mysterious right down to the tiniest detail; enclosed within a limited space yet free, open to infinite interpretations.


Please read full description of regulations and benefits in the OFFICIAL RULES.




The competition will take place in three 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 €5,000 excluding taxes (see point 1 below), corresponding to the purchase of the original artwork for their design.






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




Selection criteria


The design of the scarf can be created exclusively by hand or using computer graphics. The two techniques may also be combined.


Applications are assessed based on the following criteria: clarity of the proposal; quality of the composition; relevance of the narrative; accuracy of any historical or cultural references; skill of execution and ability to merge innovation with tradition.




How to Enter / Deadline for registration


Registration is NOW OPEN for the competition. It must be completed by Friday May 31st, 2019 23:59 (CET).






Intellectual Property Rights & Privacy Policy


Please consult the OFFICIAL RULES.






Please send your inquiries to [email protected] and make sure to write ‘LE GRAND PRIX DU CARRÉ HERMÈS’ in the subject line (English text only).







1. 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.