More than 15 years since the haute couture house closed, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris has today (Tuesday 3 October 2017) opened its doors. Located in Hôtel Particulier at 5 avenue Marceau where Yves Saint Laurent spent nearly 30 years designing his collections from 1974 to 2002, the building also serves as the headquarters of the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent.
The museum is spread across 450 sq m and comprises an ever-changing rotation of retrospective displays and temporary thematic exhibitions that present the Fondation's rich and unique collection.
The inaugural display presents approximately 50 designs alongside accessories, sketches, photographs and videos.
The former haute couture salons and the studio where the designer worked have been opened up to the public, offering visitors a glimpse of his creative process.
The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris focuses 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 20th Century and the haute couture traditions that accompanies a way of life that no longer exists.
Set designer Nathalie Crinière and decorator Jacques Grange, both long-time collaborators of the Foundation, 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 house into the Fondation in 2002, oversaw the renovation.
The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris is the first museum of this scale dedicated to the work of one of the 20th Century's greatest couturiers to open in the capital of fashion. The opening coincides with the inauguration of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, located near the Jardin Majorelle in a city that the couturier loved dearly.