Gaia Repossi was born in 1986 in Turin, Italy. Surrounded very early by her father’s experience and passion for creating artistic jewelry pieces, she develops an unconditional love for drawing and later painting.
She studied painting at the Beaux Arts of Paris, and obtained a master’s degree in archeology. During her studies, Gaia gradually entered the world of Repossi. In 2007 at the age of 21 years, Gaia was appointed Creative and Artistic Director of the House.
Her references come from her passion for contemporary art and the effects of metal within modern sculpture and architecture. She takes inspiration from the works of Alexander Calder, Cy Twombly, Franz West, Richard Serra and Le Corbusier, as well as the Brutalist, Minimalist and Bauhaus movements. Blending and pushing the boundaries between architecture and traditional high jewelry techniques, Gaia’s designs are characterized by modern, minimalist motifs and the innovative use of complex patterns.
In 2010, Gaia collaborated with her friend Alexander Wang for his New York Fall / Winter runway show. The same year she launched the Berbère Collection that would become a groundbreaking hit for the House of Repossi, establishing it as an influential presence within the fashion industry and the high jewelry world. Gaia continues to set trends with additional collection debuts since.
She also collaborated with well-known photographers such as David Sims or the artist Vivian Sassen to develop the image of the collections.
“Francesco Vezzoli: Making contemporary jewellery is a very difficult challenge. In the history of aesthetics, the culture of the dress has never been taboo over the years, but after a certain historical moment the culture of the jewel has taken on a significance that was not considered “politically correct”. You, along with very few other people in the world, decided to pick up this challenge and brought back dignity to the object jewel: you made it again modern, wearable, politically acceptable. Was it a tough challenge? Gaia Repossi: Yes, also because at first I had no interest in it [jewellery]. Originally I felt a kind of rejection, because it did not have an intelligent or intellectual enough foundation for a woman, a woman who wants to express herself or something else. I wanted to be a femme savante. Today a woman is integrated at the same level as a man's life, with the same expectations. Who is that woman and what does she need to feel smart or relevant and accepted, and moreover what she wants to reflect. In my background, my advantage has been to have a father who has never followed the expected rules and, if it was the direction in which I believed in, he completely trusted me. The woman of today responded extremely positively, identified herself to this new chapter I started, perhaps more then the market itself that does not entirely understand. [By changing direction] I have not invented anything. Modern jewellery, such as Art Deco existed already in the forties, my grandfather was a man of character who only wanted to do modern jewellery. And followed his own time. Instead, my father is more a of a classic, with a very personal concept of luxury. In a first interview I did with Rem [Koolhaas], without really having had an exchange on the subject, said "Gaia had no choice but to change it."” — Document, Issue 9