Since the creation of the brand in 2015, prints have been at the heart of the identity FÊTE IMPÉRIALE. For each collection, Laura Gauthier Petit creates an imaginary landscape or motif, which she applies to her creations. From a photo or a drawing that Laura reworks alone or in collaboration with another artist, the print or prints of the season are born, which she declines in a palette of colours.
The designer sees FÊTE IMPÉRIALE as a creative spectrum through which she integrates her passion for interior design. In 2019, she is collaborating with MADURA with the prints of the timeless collection; Appolonie and Jardin Suspendu.
Autumn Winter 21
The Persephone print is inspired by
of a cabinet of curiosities mixing
colonial imagery of the 19th century
to tropical botany.
Here the ostrich called Persephone
symbolises the values of lightness and
freedom of Fête Impériale.
This landscape imagined by Laura Gauthier Petit is dear to the designer's heart. A favourite of the brand's timeless designs, it has also been used in household linen for MADURA. If you look closely at the print, you can see elements of the "Jardin des Buttes Chaumont", mountains in the French Alps, antique sites in Rome and references to paintings by Giovanni Boldini
"We are like magicians, creating this perfect image of ourselves. There are two sides to the mirror, in all our realities, it can be quite exciting but also really lonely."
La Narcisse is a personal interpretation of the myths of Echo and Narcisse, which are similar to our modern use of networks and the digital self.
Printed material developed according to
the gobelintapestry technique
Produced in collaboration with Craig Weathley, this imaginary world presents religious symbols of pictorial works transformed into irreverent icons.
The bamboos in the foreground appear like the bars of a cage preventing access and the transformation of this jardin défendu into an object of desire.
Inspired by the old English and Parisian libraries, and the atmosphere created by the rows of books, Laura Gauthier Petit has designed a bookcase in the colours of her personal universe, playing with the titles, symbols and design of the covers and edges of the books in the library FÊTE IMPÉRIALE.
Born from the collaboration between Laura Gauthier Petit and the artist Marianne Ratier, the PAVOT print features an intertwining of women and flowers, thus proposing a new adaptation of the flower woman, usually associated with a passive and objectified image. The choice of the poppy flower supports this idea, as a nod to its bewitching virtues.
Printed on light fabrics, the combination of design and fabric is in line with the light, summery pieces of FÊTE IMPÉRIALE.
The print Les Nues is a drawing, designed by Laura Gauthier Petit in 2017, of intertwined bodies. This version in grey and a white, drawn in pencil and then blurred with an eraser to retain the sketched look of the design, was created in mirror image with the NUS BLEUS & GÉANTS BLEUS prints.
This print is a second version of the LES NUES print. The original design has been coloured blue to pay homage to the painter Henri Matisse, before being enlarged to 400%, giving the print a textured, even pixelated appearance and thus echoing the digital area in which FÊTE IMPÉRIALE is situated.
Spring Summer 16
Because the very creative identity of artistic director Laura Gauthier Petit is to play with contradictions, she has designed a traditional toile de jouy of ambiguous scenes and thus challenges the bourgeois use of this historical heritage.
Spring Summer 17
At the origin of the Summer 20 prints, there is the Nus Bleus. The success of this print led the designer to propose a sketched version of the print and a 400% enlarged version.