Yves Saint Laurent Paris Museum has opened its doors as the city of light honours the fashion legend.
Yves Saint Laurent was a fashion giant. He shaped fashion and left his mark on the way we dress forever. To honour his heritage a museum opened in Paris in his honour. Come to think of it, having a Yves Saint Laurent museum in Paris seems so natural that we can’t imagine the city existed without it for all these years. Now, after almost eighteen months of renovations, a three-storey Second Empire mansion house has opened its doors.
Introducing this genius doesn’t even require his full name. All we need is 3 letters – YSL.
What used to be a couture house of the brand is now home to an exhibition that reveals the full story of Yves and his success. He conquered the city of light as a teen, moving from Morocco to pursue his fashion dreams. His most iconic works, original sketches and videos form an extraordinary visual narrative. Yves himself anticipated having his museum one day, cataloguing and marking his pieces for the future. This left curators with an abundance of choices, from which the best are displayed for the public.
Yves Saint Laurent was always the master of capturing the Parisian style and giving women chic, yet comfortable clothes. On the other hand, Yves also looking for muses in his Moroccan roots, often incorporating exotic influences into his collections. As Caroline Rennolds Milbank wrote:”The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture’s rise from its 1960s ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable.”
His heritage includes iconic pieces like Le Smoking tuxedo suit, safari jacket and Mondrian dress. We have Yves to thank for connecting fashion and art as well as for seeking inspiration from the streets. His influence will forever be present in fashion and I for one, can’t wait to visit the Yves Saint Laurent Paris Museum.