The Spring/Summer 2019 collection entitled “Le Voile de la Mariée" offers a space to memory, a space that authorises the past to print itself and to live again in the present. Like a childhood fairy tale, this space is thought of as a wondrous reﬂection of the transient experience of memory and recollection.
Le Voile de la Mariée ( The Bride’s Veil) is a cascading waterfall found on the Reunion Island which sits close to the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. The waterfall is located at approximately 500 meters in altitude along the rampart mountain.
Born and raised in Paris, Gauthier Petit comes from an ancestral lineage of Reunionese, especially her grandmother who inspired her in becoming a fashion designer.
The seasonal print is a mirage of a childhood landscape wrapped in a wreath of roses, blended with Parisian iconic details, such as the Medicis vase, in an azulejo framework, illustrating a cross-connect between European aesthetics and the landscape of the islands.
“Le Voile de la Mariée for me is the return to nature, water, purity and myself. My collections are very personal and this season I wanted to return to the Reunion Island. The place where I spent many years of my early childhood. I want to offer a part of myself as opposed to looking at trends or being too thematic this season. I also saw changes to the way our collections are produced to leave a smaller print on the earth as current affairs are reminding us that the earth is a “limited” resource.”
The Reunion Island sits on a active volcano setting a reminder to its people that nature is in control over global technological speed.