Unlike other current Luxury brands exhibitions like Dior or Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent has its own museum. Located in the heart of the Maison YSL, where “the magic happened”. Indeed, the museum is located in a 19th century house, 5 Avenue Marceau, 75008 Paris where Mr. Yves Saint Laurent used to have his workshops until he decided to stop his career in 2002, leading to the shutdown of the Haute Couture Maison. As for a fact, Pierre Bergé, founder of the museum and lifetime companion of YSL, preserved the office exactly as it was when YSL was alive. You can still see his glasses on the desk and his dog Moujik’s bowl on the floor.
“We are full of memories in the form of 5000 clothes and 100 000 sketches. We want to transform those memories into a project”, said the companion of YSL in a press release, in June 2017.
“In a 100 years, I’d like my dresses and sketches to be studied” YSL (1992). Yves Saint Laurent’s wish came true last October when the museum opened its doors to the public. Entering the museum is like stepping into YSL’s brain. You can walk in his footsteps and discover all his main inspirations to create his collections. YSL said “My most beautiful travels, I did them through books, on my sofa, in my living room”.
Pierre Bergé used to say “Fashion is not an art, but you need an artist to create it”. From Russia to Africa, YSL’s collections are rich in colors, exotic shapes and original volumes. His goal was always to create dreams through each model. Travels, history, arts… Yves Saint Laurent was never short on ideas to make each collection even more exceptional than the previous one.
Even if most of YSL’s work was done from his Parisian studio, his heart remains in the Majorelle gardens, in Marrakech. In fact, it only makes sense that Pierre Bergé chose to open the second museum in the city that brought YSL so much happiness and creativity. Much bigger than the Parisian museum, the one in Marrakech also contains a 5000-book-library and a space for temporary exhibitions exclusively dedicated to Majorelle’s work that inspired YSL a lot. Saint-Laurent used to spend two weeks in Marrakech in June and December, each year, as he said it was the best place for him to create his new collection. YSL and Pierre Bergé’s Moroccan house was their safe haven. A place to escape and create in an exotic environment far from the Parisian craziness between two collections.
“A living place about fashion and art”, this is what Pierre Bergé wanted to create with the two museums, showing all the painters that inspired YSL for his collections. Indeed, YSL was the first designer to link art to fashion with his famous dress which draws from Mondrian’s painting “Composition en rouge, jaune, bleu et noir”. Thereafter, YSL used the works of Henri Matisse, Claude Monet or even Georges Braque… All the forms, the colors and the textures benefitted the designer to create his unique pieces of fashion.
From next year, the two museums will welcome temporary exhibitions. The first one in Paris will be an exhibition on art and fashion as YSL wanted to offer…
Camille Dubré, Clémence Toubel, Léa Bourdillat, Elise Anastasio, and Coline Gauci