Acknowledged by peers, the women he dressed, and the press as “the most Parisian of fashion designers”, Robert Piguet, while programmed to be a financier, was, in fact, destined to become one of the legendary figures of haute couture.
Robert Piguet was born in Switzerland. At 17, in the face of heavy opposition from family, he left Yverdon for Paris where he found employment first with Redfern and later with Paul Poiret, his lifelong friend and quite possibly, the most influential designer in the history of haute couture.
In 1933, having completed his training at two of the most important fashion houses of the Twentieth century, Piguet opened his own house in the Rue de Cirque. There he became known for the delicacy and reserve of his morning and afternoon dresses, a certain flamboyance of color in clothes for evening and for the perfect cut of his thin grey flannel suits…every collection a reflection of his infallible eye, refined simplicity and the quality that most defined Piguet: elegance. In style. In character. In inspiration.
Charming and aristocratic, a connoisseur of literature, painting and the decorative arts, by 1938, Piguet’s success and reputation were such that he was presiding over his new and beautiful salon – almost operatic in its opulence – at the Rond Point des Champs Elysee. Among the most prestigious of addresses, the House became destination for the elite of all Paris…the great beauties of fashion and the distinguished luminaries drawn from the worlds of theatre and the arts. In fact, upon Piguet’s death, Jean Cocteau, a dear and trusted friend, as was Colette and the great director, Jean Marais, wrote of Piguet “he loved, he invented, he gave…a generous and vibrant member of our team.”
It was during the years at Rond Point that perhaps the most enduring aspect of Piguet’s legacy took shape. It has been said that Robert Piguet made two indelible and ever-lasting contributions to fashion. Notably, the designers he employed and encouraged; haute couturiers whose creativity, inspiration and passion have influenced, dramatically, the worlds of fashion, film, art, beauty and the way women today look, dress and view themselves.
Pierre Balmain, Marc Bohan and Hubert de Givenchy all trained at the hands of this master as did Christian Dior who said “Robert Piguet taught me the virtues of simplicity through which true elegance must come.” Another who benefited from his three-month internship at the House of Piguet was James Galanos, arguably one of only four American designers to be considered haute couture. While very significant contributions were made by these talents, all of who went on to open their own Houses to extraordinary success, Piguet succeeded in maintaining his own identity of House and Collections.
And, then, of course, there are the fragrances, a contribution of unrivalled magnitude. It has been observed that Piguet’s perfumes – Bandit, Fracas and Baghari, “have a particular feel, very characteristic of his trademarks: strict adherence to good taste, true luxury, a horror of the commonplace and an innate sense of seduction” True classics of timeless beauty and value that endure far beyond season and trend.
When the liturgy of the night flows from clarity to dream state, L’Insomnuit de Robert Piguet sings a siren song. Like a veil that embraces light and dark, calm and chaos, the fragrance conjures yearning with duality. The pairing of flowers, resins, and woods, plays like a haunting dreamscape.Robert Piguet
Eau de Parfum (woody, fruity). An olfactory confit of irresistible ingredients, Oud Délice of Robert Piguet is like huger in a bottle. This epicurean dream immediately captures the fragrance lover, seducig with mystifying deliciousness. In a single veil the wearer becomes an object of craving and those around them, their ravenous admirersRobert Piguet
This creation from legendary fragrance house Robert Piguet weaves a complex story of desire and intensity. Oud Divin is an addictive formula; a scent of longing that pulls at the core of our being. Like the alchemist´s brew, Oud Divin is a tonic of the inexplicable; a baffling remedy that induces an obsessive reaction.Robert Piguet
Gardénia de Robert Piguet beguiles with deep allure. The raw scent of gardenia essence ebbs with nuances of lily and ylang ylang for a hypnotic beginning. The scent draws deeper to the core of the exquisite white flower as Madagascar vanilla sensualises and rounds the heart.Robert Piguet
With Mademoiselle Piguet, Robert Piguet Parfums has chosen to pay tribute to both the romantic and sensual associations of orange blossom.Composed of elegant orange flower complimented by almond and apricot tones, this alluring fragrance also features notes of bright bergamot and sensuous tonka bean.Robert Piguet
An aromatic infusion of citrus and woods, Cravache embodies Robert Piguet’s sense of refined sophistication and sensitivity to quality. It blends tradition and modernity as mandarin, lemon and petit grain mingle with clary sage, lavender, nutmeg, patchouli and vetiver.Robert Piguet