(AFP) – Two museums dedicated to the work of French designer Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008) will open in the fall of 2017, one in Paris and one in Marrakesh, announced Wednesday the Foundation Pierre Bergé -Yves Saint Laurent.
Both museums will allow the foundation, which maintains 40 years of creation of fashion designer, to expose a part of his collection, consisting of over 5,000 high-fashion clothing, accessories and 15,000 tens of thousands of sketches, collection boards, photographs, etc. Yves Saint Laurent had indeed since the creation of his fashion house in 1961 archived all his work. The Paris museum will occupy the historic fashion house of 5, Avenue Marceau (16th arrondissement) that was home for nearly 30 years, from 1974-2002, the creations of Yves Saint Laurent, and where the foundation headquarters since 2004.
“A constantly updated presentation will allow the public to become aware of the richness of this heritage. The ancient couture salons and the design studio of Yves Saint Laurent will be integrated into the course, plunging visitors into the heart of process of creating the fashion house, “says the foundation. This venue has already hosted over the past twelve years more than twenty exhibitions dedicated to art, fashion and design, including Yves Saint Laurent.
Another Yves Saint Laurent museum will open in Marrakech, the city couturier had discovered in 1966 and where he stayed regularly. “The importance of Morocco in his work was such that it was natural to build a museum from the collections of the foundation,” said Pierre Berge, his former partner and co-founder of the fashion house, quoted in the statement said. The museum will be located rue Yves Saint Laurent, near the Jardin Majorelle and the couturier Pierre Bergé had acquired and saved as a real estate project in 1980, and receives, with its Berber museum, almost 700,000 visitors a year.
The new building, with an area of 4,000 m2, will include a permanent exhibition space presenting the work of Yves Saint Laurent in an original scenography Christophe Martin, a temporary exhibition hall, an auditorium, a research library and a coffee shop.