Two museums celebrating the life and work of the vaunted French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008) will open this October, in Paris and Marrakech, Morocco. Both spaces will house garments, original design sketches, and various YSL-related paraphernalia from the 5,000-plus-piece collection of the Fondation Pierre Bergé.
The museum in Paris will open at 5 avenue Marceau, the address of Yves Saint Laurent’s former work studio of 30 years. The building, which has operated as Fondation Pierre Bergé’s headquarters since 2004, has been converted into an exhibition space styled in the fashion of the original couture house by the stage designer Nathalie Crinière and interior designer Jacques Grange.
The Marrakech museum will be housed on Rue Yves Saint Laurent. In a similar fashion to its Parisian counterpart, the museum will also share a personal connection to the late designer through its proximity to Jardin Majorelle, a garden that Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé saved from destruction in 1980. Designed by Studio KO, the museum will include space for both permanent and temporary exhibitions of Saint Laurent’s work alongside an auditorium, research library, and café restaurant.