Yves Saint Laurent in his garden in Marrakech in a 1980 issue of Vogue. (Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, August 1980)
In September 2017, two new museums dedicated to the work of Yves Saint Laurent will open in Paris and Marrakech, giving fans of fashion’s beloved couturier a closer look at his career, designs, and life in the atelier. The first, in Paris, will be a renovation of the pre-existing Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent at 5 Avenue Marceau. The space, which was used as Saint Laurent’s atelier and office for more than 30 years, will be fully refurbished in its original style, allowing visitors the opportunity to experience Saint Laurent’s studio as it was while he was sketching and designing. The building will also be renovated to include more exhibition space for the more than 20,000 couture pieces and accessories it maintains from the designer’s career.
Fifteen hundred miles away in Saint Laurent’s adopted home of Marrakech, Morocco, another museum will open dedicated to the designer’s work. Aptly located on the Rue Yves Saint Laurent near the famous Jardin Majorelle—the Yves Klein blue outdoor paradise Saint Laurent inhabited with Bergé and where his ashes were scattered—the museum will display a number of the designer’s creations permanently, as well as house rotating exhibitions, a library, a café, and a restaurant. The new museum isn’t the Fondation’s first venture in Marrakech—it also maintains the Berber Museum in the Jardin Majorelle, which is home to Bergé and Saint Laurent’s vast collection of Berber art. Speaking to The Telegraph, Bergé explained the decision to erect a fashion-based museum: “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, 50 years later, to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country.”