By Staff Writer
The museums will feature over 20,000 works by the late French designer
Two museums dedicated to the life and work of French designer, Yves Saint Laurent, will open in Marrakech and Paris in 2017.
Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris and Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech will showcase a collection of 5,000 haute couture garments, 15,000 accessories, and thousands of sketches, collection boards, photographs, and objects by the late designer, who passed away in 2002.
Saint Laurent had systematically archived his work since the creation of his couture house in 1961.
The museums were established by Foundation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, a foundation that ensures and prolongs the works of the designer and his brand. It is headed by the brand’s co-founder Pierre Bergé.
The Paris branch will be located in the historical couture house, 5 avenue Marceau, home to the Bergé foundation and the former workplace of the designer.
Visitors will be able to experience Saint Laurent’s former studio and the brand’s creation process.
In Marrakech, it will be located near Jardin Majorelle, a garden that Saint Laurent and Bergé saved from development in 1980. According to Bergé, Marrakech was one of Saint Laurent’s favourite cities and major source of inspiration behind his designs.
“When Yves Saint Laurent discovered Marrakech in 1966, he was so moved by the place that he decided to buy a house and regularly go back there. It feels perfectly natural, fifty years later, to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country. As for Paris, who needs to specify that it is where Yves Saint Laurent created all his work and built his career?,” said Bergé.