A pair of museums entirely dedicated to French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent’s life and work are set to open in Paris and Marrakech. Both museums will present a portion of Yves Saint Laurent’s collection of over 5,000 haute-couture garments and 15,000 accessories, as well as thousands of sketches, collection boards, photographs, and objects.
The house’s Paris showroom will get a renovation of the pre-existing Fondation Pierre Bergé –Yves Saint Laurent at 5 Avenue Marceau. The space, which was used as Saint Laurent’s atelier and office for more than 30 years will be fully refurbished in its original style, allowing visitors the opportunity to experience Saint Laurent’s studio as it was while he was sketching and designing. It will also include exhibition space for the more than 20,000 couture pieces and accessories from the designer’s career.
Alongside a new musem venture in Paris, hundred miles away in Saint Laurent’s adopted home of Marrakech, Morocco, another museum will also open. Aptly located on the Rue Yves Saint Laurent near the famous Jardin Majorelle—the Yves Klein blue outdoor paradise Saint Laurent inhabited with Bergé and where his ashes were scattered—the museum will display a number of the designer’s creations permanently, as well as rotating exhibitions, a library, a café, and a restaurant.
Yves Saint Laurent visited the country in 1966 and fell in love, referencing Marrakech in his collections for years to come, making it an apt location to host the work of Saint Laurent. “When Yves Saint Laurent discovered Marrakech in 1966, he was so moved by the place that he decided to buy a house and regularly go back there. It feels perfectly natural, 50 years later, to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country,” said Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent’s long-term partner and president of the Fondation. These museums are set to open in Autumn 2017 and headed up by the Foundation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent and architects Stuido KO.
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