Yves Saint Laurent's legacy will live on in two new museums in Paris, one of which opened its doors today.
Located at 5 avenue Marceau, where the deceased fashion designer spent 30 years from 1974 to 2002, it was renovated by architecture agency Jean-Michel Rousseau. The studio of Yves Saint Laurent was converted into a museum by Pierre Berge, the former's personal and professional partner of many years. Berge who died less than a month ago, realized the dream of the museum and raised funds through the sale of his and Saint Laurent's art collection.
The museum exhibits 5000 pieces of clothing, 15,000 accessories and tens of thousands of sketches of his collections over the years. On display are Saint Laurent's most emblematic designs, including Le Smoking tuxedo, the safari jacket, the jumpsuit, and the trenchcoat with which Saint Laurent created a new vision of womenswear for the latter half of the 20th century. The main attraction at the Paris museum is Saint Laurent's studio, the inner sanctum where he would work tirelessly in the run-up to fashion shows. It remains just as he left it in 2002 and has drawings, scraps of fabric, boxes of buttons and finished designs that offer a glimpse of his life and creative process.
In the second part of the foundations commemorative project, next month, the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakesh will open. The 4,000 sq m building is adjacent to Jardin Majorelle and has been designed by Studio KO, an architectural firm established by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier. It will include a temporary exhibition space, a research library with over 6,000 volumes, a 150-seat auditorium, and a bookstore and terrace cafe.
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