Less than a month after the death of Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent’s partner and business manager, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris is set to open on October 1 2017. Filling what was Fondation Pierre Bergé, the museum brings back the 'Yves' to the brand, in a glittery tribute to the house, the designer, and the couple that created it all.
Small but well-thought out, the museum is spread out over 2 floors. The ground floor beginning with haute couture displaying the intense needlework and bejewelling we’ve come to associate with the brand.
An entire wall dedicated to sketches, fabric samples, notes and photos of fittings; before a kind of Pinterest moodboard of Yves’ creative portraits, chalk drawings of elaborately dressed dancers and models - showing not only his inspiration but his artistic talent.
Opposite, a collection of accessories, from hair decoration to broaches and buttons. Stars, comets, and hearts are amongst the famous motifs.
The first floor holds the real treasure: the studio. The beating heart of 5 avenue Marceau for over 30 years, the atelier has been kept in perfect condition, with fabrics, accessories, drawings added by Yves’ collaborators that knew him best. The designer’s desk, recreated, is an emotive experience, dropping you deep in the spirit of the house’s history.
If there’s a resounding sentiment from the museum, it is that there would be no Yves Saint Laurent without Pierre Bergé. Famously saying that he wanted the management to adapt to the designer, not the other way around, Pierre gave Yves the foundation to search inside his talent and produce revolutionary works transcending fashion history.
Dazzling and dramatic, evocative and tender, the museum is a love story to the house, their professional and personal relationship. Musée YSL Paris is for anyone with imagination, romance and creativity in their heart.