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Yves Saint Laurent exhibition | © adrienblanc / Flickr
Yves Saint Laurent exhibition | © adrienblanc / Flickr
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Paris and Marrakesh to Be Home to Yves Saint Laurent Museums

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Updated: 11 June 2017

Although it has been 15 years since the final Yves Saint Laurent fashion show and nine years since the renowned fashion designer passed away in 2008, the fashion icon’s legacy lives on. With two new museums dedicated to preserving the designer’s memory set to open in autumn 2017,  these places will celebrate his contributions to the fashion world and offer people the chance to learn more about his remarkable work and life.

Yves Saint Laurent’s mark on the world

Yves Saint Laurent was one of the most influential fashion designers from the 20th century. His creations harken back to a time of elegance; a time when haute couture was truly celebrated. Women could feel extra dazzling in his beautifully designed pieces, with splendid evening dresses that contained whispers from the theatrical, literary, and artistic arenas. His unique creations encouraged women to wear stylish clothes, a domain previously thought to be solely for men, with items such as the tuxedo and trouser suit. The popular pea-coat was also the brain child of the innovative designer. The two new museums in Marrakesh and Paris will help cement Yves Saint Laurent’s place as one of the finest artists from his day.

YSL design

An Yves Saint Laurent design at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco | © Wikimedia Commons

Yves Saint Laurent and Marrakesh

Yves Saint Laurent first visited Morocco’s Marrakesh in the late 1960s. His immense love for the vibrant and energetic city led him to buy a home there, and making frequent visits. In 1980, along with his partner Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent, bought the city’s beautiful Majorelle Garden, saving the tranquil and scenic garden from being destroyed to create land for a new hotel. Today’s visitors can see a monument dedicated to the French fashion designer among the greenery and blossoms, and can visit the onsite cultural center.

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (MYSLM) is set to open its doors in the fall of 2017. Paying homage to the designer’s work and visions, visitors will be able to fully appreciate the influence that Marrakesh had on his designs. From the bold colors and traditional Moroccan garments, such as djellabas and kaftans, to local life itself, Yves Saint Laurent observed the local culture and infused his innovative fashion pieces with it.

Majorelle Garden

Majorelle Garden, Marrakesh | © Wikimedia Commons

Yves Saint Laurent and Paris

Yves Saint Laurent’s first experiences with Paris were as a teen, when his mother took him on a trip to meet the editor of French Vogue. He returned to the city shortly afterwards to attend fashion school, going on to work under the great fashion designer Dior. He later opened his own fashion house, going on to become one of Europe’s most influential fashion figures. He spent most of his adult life working in Paris, and it was in Paris where the fashion icon passed away in 2008.

On October 3, 2017, a museum dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent will open its doors in Paris, a city that was influential, inspirational, and dear to the great designer. It was in Paris that he created most of his works. The museum will be housed in the same building that was once home to the Yves Saint Laurent Couture House and later to the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent. Visitors will be able to learn more about the role of haute couture in daily life in eras gone by, stepping back in time to a world of fashion that can’t be found in today’s modern age. There will also be various themed displays and shows.

Yves Saint Laurent building in Paris

Former Yves Saint Laurent Couture House in Paris | © Wikimedia Commons