Two museums entirely dedicated to French designer Yves Saint Laurent's work and life (1936-2008) will open on 3 October 2017 in Paris and 19 October 2017 in Marrakech. 'Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent' ensures the conservation of the designer's 40 years of creativity, from 1962-2002.
The collection comprises five thousand haute couture garments and 15,000 accessories, as well as thousands of sketches, collection boards, photographs and objects. Yves Saint Laurent is the only designer of his generation who decided to systematically archive his work since the creation of his couture house in 1961. From original sketches to prototypes, warehouse records to retailing books, the collection is unique in scope, scale and range. Heritage conservator Aurélie Samuel has been named director of collections and joined the Foundation at the beginning of 2017.
Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris
The Parisian museum will be hosted in the historical couture house, 5 avenue Marceau, where Yves Saint Laurent designed and created his work for almost 30 years, from 1974-2002; and home to the Foundation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent since 2004. The public will explore the richness of this heritage through a constantly updated display of the collection. By walking through the former haute couture salons and Yves Saint Laurent's studio, visitors will experience the essence of the creation process within the haute couture house.
Stage designer Nathalie Criniére and interior designer Jacques Grange, who both collaborated on numerous of the Fondation's past projects, will rethink the exhibition space, an area to be doubled in size and refurbished in the style of the designer's original couture house.
Museé Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech
The opening in Paris will coincide with one in Marrakech, a city the designer discovered in 1966 and then visited regularly. Since Morocco remained essential to his inspiration and work, it felt natural to build a museum there to host the collection of the Fondation. It will be located on Rue Yves Saint Laurent near Jardin Majorelle, a garden he and Pierre Bergé saved from development in 1980 and that has become, with its museum dedicated to Barber culture, a major cultural site in Marrakech with almost 700,000 visitors per year.
French architectural practice Studio KO will lead the conception of this project. Spread over more than 4,000 sq m, this building will be more than a simple museum; it will comprise a permanent display of the designer's work staged by Christophe Martin, a space for temporary exhibitions, an auditorium, research library, café and restaurant.