YVES SAINT LAURENT, one of the most iconic fashion designers of the 20th century

I would like for my dresses and my drawings to be studied in a hundred years", declared fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in 1992. He couldn’t imagine that in 2017, a museum would pay tribute to his work.

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When we look at the creator's work, we inevitably think of the famous tuxedo he was the first to refuse in the women's locker room, just like the Saharan... His boldness is obvious, causing ink to flow and games of transparency, revealing the female chest, to be played.

He famously said: " The most beautiful thing that can clothe a woman is the arms of the man who loves her. But for those who are not so lucky, I am here".

For lovers of fashion and Paris, a detour to the new Yves Saint Laurent Museum is essential!  Installed in the old salons of the haute-couture house and in Yves Saint Laurent's own creative studio, the museum offers an immersion into the intimacy of one of the greatest creators of the 20th century. The visit includes dresses, accessories, sketches, photos, and videos, covering a total of 450m². This museum is housed in a Second Empire mansion, where the designer's teams worked for 30 years. The visit’s highlights: the salons formerly open to customers, the over 5,000 prototype dresses, and the Studio, the nerve center where every collection was designed.

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The Recreated YSL Workshop
The faithfully recreated Yves Saint Laurent workshop. It is almost surprising not to see him arrive, cigarette in hand, and sit at his desk - a board and two trestles. Incidentally, his glasses are delicately placed on some drawings, his coat is folded over his chair, and under the table, a bowl seems to wait for his dog Moujik.

Listen to the Former House Associates
The visitor can experience life at 5 avenue Marceau thanks to twenty interviews with the former associates of the fashion house. Dressmakers, seamstresses, buyers, and assistants confide in Yves Saint Laurent's biographer's camera. Valuable testimonials allow the public to understand how the Saint-Laurent House works, and discover the different stages of an haute couture collection, from the sketch to the sale.

The Saint Laurent Style
The most emblematic models of the Saint Laurent style are on display: tuxedos, Saharans, jumpsuits, trench coats, whose style is marked by the borrowed codes of men's wardrobe. While preserving femininity, Yves Saint Laurent brings assurance, daring, and power to women. These clothes have also accompanied the emancipation of women. The very first collection of Saint Laurent (that of spring-summer 1962) is in the spotlight.

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Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent
In the video room of the museum, the film "The Two-Headed Eagle" allows us to understand the relationship between Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent. One manages, the other creates, their work was complementary. Each participated in the success of the business, which had become an empire in their hands.

The Role of Art and Design in Creation
Before being a fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent was a great artist. On the collection boards, the different models are sketched in a few pencil strokes, sublime silhouettes with long, slender legs. The movement and the pleating of the different fabrics chosen by the designer are easily perceived. Pierre Bergé said: "When he draws a dress, we know, just by looking at the drawing, whether it's velvet or silk".

5 avenue Marceau - 75116 Paris

Charlotte - Style & fashion

Bonsoir, my name is Charlotte. My mother, ex-model for Saint-Laurent, is American but I’ve lived in Paris since I was 4 years old. Since my mother was often abroad for fashion shows, my French grandmother, a dressmaker for Chanel, taught me the way to become a real Parisian. Today, I’m a wedding-planner and my husband directs a famous fashion magazine. I don’t have to tell you that I have a front seat at all of the fashion shows and I’ve developed a good general culture about fashion. Although I’m the personal shopper for my friends, my strong points are marriage and elegance.

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