Fashion agenda: Design Museum Awards, Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival

Mary Katrantzou's Autumn/Winter 2011 collection is nominated at the Design Museum Awards

April is a big month for design awards, with the likes of Mary Katrantzou and Sarah Burton nominated in the fashion category at the upcoming Design Museum Awards in London and a host of rising creators in the running for a new prize launching by fashion house Chloé at France’s prestigious Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival. Discover more about this and other important upcoming fashion events here.

Design Museum Awards
April 24
London, UK

This prestigious ceremony organized by London's Design Museum looks at creations across a host of categories including architecture, furniture and fashion, with the winner from each section and an overall winner announced at an awards ceremony April 24. Fashion nominees include London-based designer Mary Katrantzou's and French label Céline's Autumn 2011 collections and Sarah Burton's wedding gown for Catherine Middleton. Contenders will be on show at the Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum, which is running until July 15.

Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival
April 27-30
Hyères, France

The 27th edition of this parallel fashion and photography event will begin April 27, with one of the most anticipated elements being the annual competitions, which have in the past recognized design talent such as Viktor & Rolf. An additional prize for this year will be the inaugural Chloé prize, with ten designers creating an outfit inspired by the French fashion house’s philosophy and the winner receiving €10 000 and the chance for Chloé to manufacture  their winning design.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia
April 30-May 4
Sydney, Australia

Formerly known as Rosemount Australia Fashion Week, this upcoming Spring/Summer 2012 edition welcomes new sponsor Mercedes-Benz. Big Australian names such as Lisa Ho and swimwear and clothing designer Zimmermann are on the lineup, while street style photographer Tommy Ton is just one of the big name bloggers to be attending along with Susie Bubble of Style Bubble, who will present a series of talks discussing the evolving contemporary face of fashion.

Christian Louboutin
May 1–July 9
London, UK

In honor of Christian Louboutin’s 20th anniversary, London’s Design Museum presents the first UK retrospective of the acclaimed French shoe designer, showcasing his work and inspiration over the past two decades. The creator’s design process will be at the core of the exhibition. Other fasion retrospectives that have already kicked off this year include the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs expo which opened at Paris’s Les Arts Décoratifs and The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.

Met Ball (the Costume Institute Gala)
May 7
New York, USA

This annual ball celebrates each year's opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute, founded in 1948, and is dubbed the fashion industry's Oscars thanks to the extravagant red carpet creations guests wear for their arrival. Stars to have made the best dressed lists last year included Beyoncé Knowles in Emilio Pucci, Madonna in Stella McCartney and Diane Kruger in Jason Wu. The gala precedes the opening of the Costume Institute's expo Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion, which will run May 10 to August 19.