2 YSL MUSEUMS SET TO OPEN THIS YEAR
Years in the making, this spring two Yves Saint Laurent museums will open – one in haute couture capital, Paris and a second in the vibrant desert city of Marrakech. Both places hold a special significance to Saint Laurent, as a teen Saint Laurent moved to Paris to learn the ‘trade’ under famed designer Christian Dior, he launched his own eponymous label there in 1966 and remained there until he retired to his beloved Marrakech in 2002 according to biography.com.
As for Yves Saint Laurent’s ties to enchanting Marrakech, he was captivated by the colourful Moroccan city and drew much inspiration from the city’s multi-hued market palette and sandy-tones of the surrounding desert. Villa Oasis, his Marrakech home where he spent his last few years before his death in 2008, is set in the renowned Jardin Majorelle – the iconic botanic garden with the painted ‘blue Majorelle’ walls.
The Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech Museum is located just steps from the Jardin Marjorelle and is set to open on October 19. According to WWD it will span 43,000 feet, host a permanent exhibition space housing thousands of pieces of Saint Laurent’s work including all his most iconic pieces (think: Le Smoking suit), plus a library, store, café and 150-seat auditorium for talks, concerts and movie screenings.
The sister museum in Paris, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, is located at 5 Avenue Marceau – the former headquarters of Saint Laurent’s atelier and now the home of the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent. Slated to open on October 3 to coincide with Paris Fashion Week, the Paris museum offers visitors a chance to see the former couture salons and Saint Laurent’s design studio for the very first time.Y