“I would like my dresses and my drawings to be studied in a hundred years,” said the late French designer Yves Saint Laurent in 1992. Perhaps no one can be a true student of fashion if he fails to study the work of the Algerian-born designer, credited for creating Le Smoking (a woman’s suit) and being one of the first to design a prêt-à-porter line.
This fall, two cities will offer fashion connoisseurs and regular fans the opportunity to understand Saint Laurent’s art. The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris will open on October 3 on Avenue Marceau, located at the storied townhouse where Saint Laurent worked for most of his three decade-career. Another is the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech which will open on October 19 in Morocco, a city that served as Saint Laurent’s second home.
Measuring 450 square meters, the Paris museum, designed to mimic the structure of an haute couture house, will present temporary displays and retrospective exhibitions. The museum opens with a display of his signature designs, such as the safari jacket and the jumpsuit. Another section comes with a podium that will present an entire collection, and this year, the space will showcase his Spring-Summer 1962 collection. Another must-see is Saint Laurent’s studio, a brightly lit space where models and muses such as Catherine Deneuve once had their fittings, and which contains his desk that comes strewn with swatches, his personal items, and photos.
The 4,000-square-meter Marrakesh art space meanwhile will include a 5,000-volume library, a 130-seat auditorium, and a café, aside from showcasing Saint Laurent’s work. Designed by Studio KO, the building’s façade appears akin to cubes intersected with bricks, which was inspired by the shape of Saint Laurent’s creations.
Both museums were created thanks to the work of the late Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent’s former life and business partner, who died on September 8.