The backstage of a special commission at Villa Noailles, located in the hills above Hyères, in the Var, southeastern France, during the Festival international de mode et photographie.

Villa Noailles was the winter residency of the Viscount Charles de Noailles and his wife Marie-Laure. Designed by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens in 1923 and completed in 1925, it was one of the first modernist buildings in France. It was also the first private building in France with an indoor pool.

The owners were art collectors, risk takers and innovators. They supported the work of Salvador Dalì, Balthus, Lipchitz, Giacometti, César, Poulenc, Markevitch, Chareau, Jean-Michel Frank, to name but a few. They were in touch with writers and thinkers of the times like André Breton, Aldous Huxley, Michel Leiris, Georges Bataille, and the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. They also financed films, which was filmed in the villa: Les Mystères du Château du Dé (1929) by Man Ray, Le Sang d’un Poète (1930) the first film by Jean Cocteau, and L’Âge d’Or (1930) by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalì.

In 1970 the city of Hyères purchased the Villa at the suggestion of the Viscount, and since then it is considered a Historical Landmark and is registered in the Inventaire supplémentaire des Monuments historiques.

The Association Villa Noailles, which was responsible for the program for relaunching the place, is engaged in the scouting and support of young artists, designers and stylists. The Festival de mode et de photographie is part of their activity.

Backstage photos and videos taken by Erjola Zhuka and Andrea dalle Luche.