THE FÊTE IMPÉRIALE PRINTS
Printed matter, at the heart of the identity of Fête Impériale
Print is the essence of Fête Impériale's designs. It is the iconoclastic, impertinent and exuberant heart of the garment that dictates its personality, its impetus and its freedom .An invitation to travel to imaginary landscapes, the improbable and light meeting between the sumptuous Belle Époque and the irreverent punk movement of the 1980s...Prints are part of the DNA of la Maison born in 2015. For each of her collections and beyond, Laura Gauthier Petit creates, from a photograph, a drawing, a memory, the eclectic tabletop pieces or the motif that will take over her original pieces. Alone or in collaboration with other artists, she imagines exclusive prints imbued with life that she then declines in a palette of colours.
The process of creating the prints for the Fête Impériale
Prints originate from impressions. A holiday photograph, a trip, an exhibition, a motif that serve as both a support and a vessel to give birth, in Laura's imagination, to a warm dreamlike universe where botany, nature, mythology and architecture mingle. Each print is an improbable and playful journey into the depths of the designer's personal memories, between aesthetic codes, between disassorted worlds.
In these paintings and frescoes, the meeting of personal topographical references , diverted aesthetic codes, hidden symbolism and revisited motifs embodies the expression of a passionate unconditional freedom.
The creation of prints is a real research work where Laura Gauthier Petit strives to simultaneously summon a desire to escape, poetry, dreams and all the aesthetics of la Maison. From her impressions and ideas, she works with visual artists, painters, designers and virtuoso craftsmen to develop unique prints to give life to the garment. The print is created by printing the image on the fabric or by using an ancient weaving technique.
And that is when the fabric becomes canvas...
"Each print is unique, developed by the designer or in collaboration with artists. The prints of la maison Fête Impériale are inspired by the world of botany, 19th and early 20th century art: the impressionist movement, Fauvism movement, Fauvism and bourgeois painting. Each print offers a warm and dreamy each print offers a warm and dreamlike universe, like a painting on fabric.,
Laura Gauthier Petit
The jardin suspendu
This imaginary garden landscape created in 2018 by Laura Gauthier Petit is dear to the designer's heart. A favourite of the brand's timeless designs, it has also been adapted into linens for MADURA. If you look closely at the print, you can see elements of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, such as the Temple of the Sibyl, peaks of the French Alps, Roman antiquities and pictorial references to the paintings of Italian painter Giovanni Boldini. This timeless print can be seen on the Alice shirt or the Hera dress, both pieces that have been
" Jardin Suspendu " made of printed silk and woven in Italy.
Appoloniethe iconic motif of la Maison, depicts a dreamlike world, a European botanicaljungle , with drastically opposed flora and fauna, where the notion of the jungle disappears behind the bars of golden cages. Nymphs and peacocks
cohabit in this "warm, phantasmagorical and poetic" universe to form a soft chiaroscuro armour...
The Appolonie print brightens up the Camus Jumpsuit or the Chloé shirt.
INDISTINCT CHATTER] collection
A need for naturalness, a return to our roots... The embodiment of the [INDISTINCT CHATTER] collection, the hypnotic, bewitching Reborn print plunges us into a snow-covered mountain landscape that shimmers in a body of water, offering a poetic reflection and in places revealing vestiges of ancient civilizations. While the silent force of this desert landscape is powerfully felt, we are captivated by the play of light, which focuses on the icy hues of winter, warmed by the soft dews of the rising sun. An ode to freedom from which our eyes can't seem to tear themselves away...
INDISTINCT CHATTER] collection
Laura Gauthier Petit, artistic director and founder of Fête Impériale, paid tribute to the abstract works of German artist Gerhard Richter with one of the two flagship prints in the Autumn-Winter 2023 collection: Abstract. Here, botanical forms become blurred, like dreamlike mirages beckoning introspection. This motif, oscillating between a dream of naturalness and plant reality, is repeated on the garment in scattered fashion. Available in a range of shades, from nude to powder pink to icy hues, the Abstract print is at the heart of Fête Impériale's FW23 collection.
For this second spring-summer installment, Laura Gauthier Petit imagined the Corsica print through her photos of vacations on the Isle of Beauty. Key elements include straw-tails, the miraculous virgin, Bonifacio cliffs, shepherd's huts and oleander.
Like a postcard, this print is like a vacation souvenir brought back from the Isle of Beauty, a true tribute to Corsica. Combining emblematic landscapes, a Miraculous Virgin medal and vintage-inspired lettering, this sublime Postcard is a tribute to the Corsican lands, with light sepia tones reinforcing the "heritage" dimension of this inspired creation.
The Corsica collection is a fresco tribute to Corsica,
an island dear to Laura Gauthier Petit, from which her in-laws hail. The first Fall-Winter collection features Immortelles, the island 's endemic flower. Flowers and fruit are blended to create a colorful print on silk, velvet and pleated pieces.
collection À CONTRE TEMPS
For this collection, imagined against the background of confinement, the designer wanted to create a dreamlike world populated by ostriches and symbols to make room for daydreams and lightness at the heart of the chaos of uncertainties .The Persephone print wasborn from this desire .Inspired by a cabinet of curiosities, this motif combines 19th century colonial imagery , tropical botany and references to Antiquity. The mischievous ostrich named Persephone symbolises the values of lightness and freedom of Fête Impériale.
The Persephone print can be seen on the Asia 100% silk dress or hidden on the satin lining of the Natalia coat. satin lining of the Natalia coat.
The 1920s: bodies are liberated, as are morals... The print riviera evokes the euphoria of the Roaring Twenties, the conquest of freedom, the unforgettable parties in the grand hotels of the Côte d'Azur that resound to the sound of the Charleston. Behind the cypress trees, the rose bushes and the lemon trees is the memory of a delicious joie de vivre that can be savoured under a raffia parasol while enjoying an iced Bellini... To create this Mediterranean print, Laura Gauthier Petit teamed up with the talented 3D illustrator Alexis Christodoulou.
The Riviera print warms up the entire swimwear line of the 2021 summer collection.
Reminiscences of Laura Gauthier Petit's childhood in la maison in the south of France, her passion for the Italian porcelaine of the 1950s/60s and her memories of travelling in Puglia, Italy.
The Porcelaine print adorns the silk Chloris dress and the Maia skirt.
collection jardin des Jardin des Illustres
PRINTED JARDIN DES JARDIN DES ILLUSTRES
Ultramarine blue, powerful fuchsia, warm ochre... The print Jardin des Jardin des Illustres is an invitation to travel to North Africa, to Marrakech, to the illustrious Majorelle Garden, to the gates of the Atlas, to the Oriental baths. In this flamboyant tribute to the painter Jacques Majorelle, botanists and Art Deco architecture, a statue of a woman by the architect Louis-Ernest Barrias representing nature unveiled to science.
The Jardin des Illustre print is used on the Alice silk shirt.
collection JARDIN DES Jardin des Illustres
Orsay, another Art Deco inspired print, completes the collection "Jardin des Jardin des Illustres". In a dark celadon, it brings the classical and geometric rigor of its original era.
collection LES NUES
PRINTED LES NUES
Designed by Laura Gauthier Petit in 2017, the Les Nues print is a drawing of intertwined nude bodies. This grey and white version, drawn in pencil and then blurred with an eraser to retain the sketchy look of the design, was created in mirror image with the Les Nus Bleus and Les Géants Bleus prints.
collection LES NUES
PRINTED ON GÉANTS BLEUS
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 era in which Fête Impériale is situated.
The two versions of the nude body print are a tribute to the iconic painting La Danse by Henri Matisse and a nod to the nude works of the 1950s.
collection LES NUES
The result of a collaboration between Laura Gauthier Petit and the artist Marianne Ratier, the Pavots 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 print ironically takes the opposite view of the woman as an "object of desire": the poppy flower plays on the bewitching virtues of this outdated ideal.
collection THE WEDDING SEAL
Childhood mirage, landscape in a crown of roses mixed with iconic Parisian details, such as Medici vases, an azulejo frame illustrating a cross connection between European aesthetics and the landscape of Reunion Island, where Laura Gauthier Petit is from.
collection LA NARCISSE
The print Narcisse is a personal interpretation of the myth of Echo and Narcisse revisited in the digital age where the self plays with its representations and reflections on social networks.
"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.
- Laura Gauthier Petit
collection LA NARCISSE
PRINTED APPOLONIE RED
The Appolonie Red pattern is a variation on the original Appolonie pattern, which was first created in green tones.
MADELEINE DE PROUST collection
PRINT THE BLUE NUDES
The origin of the Les Géants Bleus prints for summer 2020 is the Blue Nudes. The success of this print led the designer to propose a sketched version of the print and a 400% enlarged version three years later. A tribute to Matisse and a reminder of women's liberation and sexuality.
AUTUMN WINTER 2017 collection
PRINTED JARDIN DÉFENDU
Created in collaboration with British designer/illustrator Craig Weathley, the Jardin Défendu print was made by a Florentine spinning mill using the Gobelin tapestry technique. In this imaginary world, religious symbols of pictorial works are transformed into irreverent icons. In the foreground, the bamboos become the bars of a cage that prevent access to a jardin défendu.
AUTUMN WINTER 2017 collection
Inspired by the old English and Parisian libraries, and the atmosphere created by the rows of books, Laura Gauthier Petit has designed a library 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.
SPRING SUMMER 2016 collection
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.
IN COLLABORATION WITH RACHELLE CUNNINGHAM
PRINT VENUS & ADONIS
The Venus & Adonis print was created in collaboration with Irish painter Rachelle Cunningham, who was inspired by the eponymous poetic play written in 1592-93 by William Shakespeare as a plague ravaged London. The theme, inspired by Ovid' s Metamorphoses , comes to life in baroque and romantic illustrations created directly on the fabric by the Paris-based artist.
IN COLLABORATION WITH MARGAUX DE FOUCHIER
The Velvet / Sunset print is based on a photograph by Margaux De Fouchier of a contrasting seaside reverie. Like Laura, Margaux sees the artistic object as a painting. In her photographs, the young artist attempts to tame the glow of the skies' light shows in a poetic way; the essence of her approach has been captured in the Velvet/Sunset print.
COMMITTED PRINTED MATTER
Fête Impériale supports associations and causes that are close to its heart by creating committed prints in collaboration with artists.
Fête Impériale x Info-Endometriosis
Fête Impériale has created an exclusive collection and unique prints in collaboration with Thomas Lélu, Été 81, Christelle Noel and Johanna Okl, four French artists, to support the awareness-raising efforts of the Info-Endometriosis association.