The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris exhibits the couturier’s body of work on the legendary premises of his former haute couture house, alternating between retrospective displays and temporary thematic exhibitions.
Over fifteen years after the haute couture house closed, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris will open on October 3, 2017. It will be located in the legendary hôtel particulier at 5 avenue Marceau where Yves Saint Laurent spent nearly thirty years designing his collections from 1974 to 2002. The same building serves as the headquarters of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent. Across 450 m2, an ever-changing rotation of retrospective displays and temporary thematic exhibitions will present the Fondation’s rich and unique collection.
The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris will focus on both the couturier’s creative genius and the process of designing a haute couture collection. Beyond its monographic ambitions, the museum seeks to address the history of the twentieth century and the haute couture traditions that accompanied a way of life that no longer exists.
Set designer Nathalie Crinière and decorator Jacques Grange, both long-time collaborators of the Fondation, have designed the exhibition spaces to recreate the original atmosphere of the haute couture house.
The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris is the first museum of this scale dedicated to the work of one of the twentieth century’s greatest couturiers to open in the capital of fashion.
These biographies chart the trajectories of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, from the pair’s personal lives and convictions to Saint Laurent’s signature designs and the history of the haute couture house. Explore the topics of your choice and take a look at the major events in their unusual destinies.
From Haute Couture house to Fondation
In 1974, the Yves Saint Laurent haute couture house, which had been located at 30 bisrue Spontini since it was established in 1961, moved to a hôtel particulier at 5 avenue Marceau dating back to the Second Empire. Yves Saint Laurent would go on to spend nearly thirty years there pursuing his career as a couturier.
During a press conference on January 7, 2002, Saint Laurent announced his intention to cease his career as a couturier and close the haute couture house. Two years later following extensive renovation of the building, the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent opened its doors.