Born in 1927, Robert Goossens was the great metal artist and one of the last great masters of the golden age of jewellery.
Robert Goossens says of couture jewellery: « It is not possible to cover all women in gold. There will never be enough precious metal on the Earth ». Orfèvre-Joaillier by formation, and creator of couture jewellery, Robert Goossens is one of the rare personalities to have embraced all aspects of jewellery. He is a true artist who has devoted his entire life to creation.
His career in haute couture commenced in 1948.
Although Robert Goossens worked for a number of fashion houses and notably spent twenty-seven years with Yves Saint Laurent, his creations remain inseparable from the history of Chanel. Robert Goossens also collaborated with Balenciaga between 1955-68 and Madame Grès between 1966 and 71). Since 1954, he worked for “Mademoiselle Chanel”. Robert Goossens took actively part into the creation of the Byzantine style, which remained a trademark of the Chanel label.
The Robert Goossens atelier was bought in 2005 by Chanel. This exceptional craftsman continues to create designer objects within the workshop « Les Paruriers ».
Some examples of Robert Goossens for the Haute Couture:
Robert Goossens for CHANEL
Byzantin Cross made by Robert Goossens – circa 1960
“Baroque” Sautoirs made by R. Goossens 60s
Robert Goossens for BALENCIAGA
Sun Brooch by Robert Goossens made for Balenciaga. Pearls and cut crystal on metal. Circa – 1960
Robert Goossens for YVES SAINT LAURENT
The crystal of rock represents the material of preference of Robert Goossens. This quartz is present in a big part of its creations (jewels, cups, and design objects). Coral and shells are also often used in his master pieces.
Exceptional Robert Goossens Crystal rock cross sculpture made for Yves Saint Laurent, c. 1990
One of a kind Impressive YSL Vintage Cuff-links made by Robert Goossens, c. 1990