Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris

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Fifteen years after the Haute Couture activities of the house closed, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent opened its doors in Paris on 3rd October 2017. Located in a stunning hôtel particulier at 5 avenue Marceau, the museum offers an intimate immersion into the creative headquarters of the legendary designer.

Set designer Nathalie Crinière and decorator Jacques Grange, both long-time collaborators of the Fondation YSL, have designed the exhibition spaces to recreate the original atmosphere of the salon where everything happened.

The museum opens with the famous portraits of Saint Laurent by Andy Warhol on the entrance wall. Handmade samples, jewellery pieces, and iconic garments  including Le Smoking tuxedo, the trench coat and gorgeous evening dresses trace back more than 40 years of historic creativity. The recreation of Saint Laurent’s studio, alongside Bernard Buffet’s portrait of Saint Laurent is another highlight. Further drawings, books, fabrics, boxes of buttons and finished designs offer a vibrant insight into the life and practices of the genius.

Designed by Studio KO, the second museum, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakesh adjacent to Jardin Majorelle, a historical house bought by the designer and Pierre Bergé in 1980 and revived with the help of botanist Abderrazzak Benchaâbane opened in October 2017 too.

 

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Image: Luc Castel / Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris