Two Museums Debut in Honor of Fashion Legend Yves Saint Laurent

  • PARIS, France
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  • September 27, 2017

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Mondrian dresses, 1965

Over fifteen years after the haute couture house closed, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris will open on October 3, 2017. It will be located in the legendary hôtel particulier at 5 avenue Marceau where Yves Saint Laurent spent nearly thirty years designing his collections from 1974 to 2002. The same building serves as the headquarters of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent.

Across 450 m2, an ever-changing rotation of retrospective displays and temporary thematic exhibitions will present the Fondation’s rich and unique collection. The inaugural display will present approximately fifty designs alongside accessories, sketches, photographs, and videos. The former haute couture salons and the legendary studio where Saint Laurent worked will be opened to the public, offering visitors a glimpse of his creative process.

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris will focus on both the couturier’s creative genius and the process of designing a haute couture collection. Beyond its monographic ambitions, the museum seeks to address the history of the twentieth century and the haute couture traditions that accompanied a way of life that no longer exists.

Set designer Nathalie Crinière and decorator Jacques Grange, both long-time collaborators of the Fondation, have designed the exhibition spaces to recreate the original atmosphere of the haute couture house. The architectural agency Jean-Michel Rousseau, which conducted the transformation of the haute couture house into the Fondation in 2002, oversaw the renovation.

musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech (mYSLm)

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris is the first museum of this scale dedicated to the work of one of the twentieth century’s greatest couturiers to open in the capital of fashion. The opening coincides with the inauguration of the musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech, in a city that the couturier loved dearly.

The musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech (mYSLm) will conserve a part of the collection belonging to the Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent, which includes 5,000 articles of clothing and 15,000 haute couture accessories, as well as tens of thousands of drawings.

A stone’s throw from the Jardin Majorelle, acquired by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980, the new building will cover 4,000 m ², featuring a 400 m ² permanent exhibition space, designed by Christophe Martin, showcasing the fashion work of Yves Saint Laurent. More than just a museum, the mYSLm will include a temporary exhibition space, a research library with over 6,000 volumes, a 150-seat auditorium, and a bookstore and terrace café. The museum was designed by Studio KO, an architectural fi rm established by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier. 

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