I remember as it was today when I first visited the YSL Foundation. It was for a report for a Brazilian magazine, where I wrote about the life and work of Yves.
At the time, Saint Laurent was still alive and I was thrilled to have access to his archives – magical drawers and cupboards – where emblematic pieces and accessories were meticulously filed separated by style, time, collection. A unique opportunity.
Fifteen years after the closure of the Haute Couture Maison, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum opens its doors at the legendary private hotel – 5 Avenue Marceau, where Yves Saint Laurent spent almost thirty years designing his collections from 1974 to 2002.
The museum seeks to address the history of the XX century and the traditions of haute couture that accompany a way of life that no longer exists and recreates the original atmosphere of the place where the famous designer worked.
A visit to literally plunge into an exceptional world of French savoir-faire. The same building serves as the headquarters of the Pierre Bergé Foundation – Yves Saint Laurent.
With over 5,000 pieces of clothing, 15,000 accessories and tens of thousands of sketches, sink plates, photographs and other documents, the foundation’s property collection are incredibly rich.
And for good reason, Yves Saint Laurent is the only designer of his generation to have taken the precaution to archive all your work, and that since the opening of his own fashion house. Pierre Bergé, companion and partner of Yves, zealously guarded 40 years of his creations.
A must see for anyone who wants to know more about one of the greatest couturiers of the twentieth century and the traditions of French fashion.
- Museu Yves Saint Laurent Paris
- 5 avenue Marceau, 75016 – M ° Alma-Marceau
- From Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm – Nocturne on Fri until 9pm
- Closed on Monday
- Price: € 10