Two museums, one in Morocco and one in Paris, will open in the autumn of next year to showcase the work and favorite spaces of the French couturier Yves Saint Laurent.
Next year will be the year Yves Saint Laurent – two museums named after the historic couturier of unique pieces and artist’s emancipating ready-to-wear women will be born in the autumn of 2017. One in Paris, the other in Marrakesh. One in his old house, the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Fondation, which will reopen as a museum dedicated to the life and work of Bergé’s companion in Paris, another in Marrakesh, warm location of the second home of the fashion designer where an architectural project of the Studio KO is already on the rise.
Saint Laurent, author of the Le Smoking femme (1966), collections that even today inspire our summers (such as Safari, just to give an example) or dresses that have become emblems of the cross between plastic arts and fashion (the Mondrian, Of 1965), died in 2008 with a brain tumor. Since then, his partner and life partner has managed to manage his legacy and his collection, four decades of clothing that will now be divided between France and Morocco.
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Bergé will be the curator of the Parisian museum, where about 70 pieces of the Foundation’s vast archive will be displayed – a rotating selection made from some five thousand examples of haute couture and 15,000 French dressmaker’s accessories. The works on site duplicated the exhibition space and recovered emblematic rooms that until now only employees and close friends knew. Visitors will have access to the studio and the haute couture salons for the first time, as well as thousands of sketches, photographs and objects linked to the activity of the former apprentice Christian Dior, such as notepads where each piece and its client are Listed. Princesses, movie stars, icons, the hours each piece took to make, identity cards from several eras join prototypes of dresses and other valuable pieces that result from a conservation effort thought from the beginning of the activity, as confirmed Pierre Bergé told the Women’s Wear Daily: “None of the other houses did it … I did it from day one because I believed that Yves Saint Laurent would be the greatest couturier of the late twentieth century.”
In the studio will also be the recognizable Saint Laurent black mass specs, permanent residents of the first floor of number 5 Avenue Marceau, where he worked for 30 years.
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