Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation

Before Yves St. Laurent passed away this year, he transformed his Paris couture house into a museum with Partner Pierre Bergé, with the interior design done by Jacques Grange in 2004. The former couture house of Yves Saint Laurent, located at 5 avenue Marceau in Paris, is now a museum dedicated to art and fashion. Named for the designer and his partner, the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation has permanent and revolving exhibitions.Paris-based designer Jacques Grange was asked to retain the couture house feel while updating the two main salons, once used for client fittings. A 1979 pencil drawing of Saint Laurent by Andy Warhol hangs in a salon.
The gilt statues depict the four seasons.
In one salon, which is used mainly for receptions, Grange hung a number of Saint Laurent costume sketches for the 1964 production of The Marriage of Figaro at the Théâtre de l’Odéon in Paris. The furniture remains from the couture house days but was restored.
Thousands of the designer’s sketches and photographs are kept in the paper archive room.
“Dialogue with Art,” the first show in the revolving exhibition space, features dresses from the vast collection of Saint Laurent originals. Various artists’ work will follow.
Wouldn't you just love to visit this little gem of a museum?


parisapartment said...

Absolutely! This is fantastique!

Anonymous said...

YSL, in my opinion will always be a legend, THE legend of a true couturier. His wonderful designs became tangible pieces of art that literally morphed the women who wore them into godesses of their own kingdoms-it truly would be a historical misfit if we did not have this museum to chronical his life and lifestyle as well as to inspire the future designer whom is so fortunate to have YSL to admire.