As any fashion girl worth her salt will know, the designer Yves Saint Laurent was instrumental in breaking down the boundaries that defined haute couture in the 1960s. He had fun with it, incorporated pop culture into it and turned it from pretentious pieces reserved for a stuffy few into covetable, yet wearable, collectibles for the modern woman.
Since he killed himself in 2002 though, the designer’s couture legacy has stayed largely muted. But from the third quarter of next year it will receive the salute it deserves: Once the Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris reopens as a permanent museum, the couturier’s studio and former couture salons will be open to the public for the first time.
The building at 5 Avenue Marceau – the actual couture house of Saint Laurent, and the place where he worked for 30 years – will have its existing exhibition space expanded to twice the size and refurbished in the original style to give visitors as authentic an experience as possible.
“By walking through the former haute couture salons and Yves Saint Laurent’s studio, visitors will experience the essence of the creation process within the haute couture house,” a statement from the foundation said.
A second museum paying homage to Saint Laurent will open in Marrakech also next year, celebrating the Algeria-born designer’s work and legacy. Time to organise a YSL pilgrimage?
Photos: Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent