Pick of the new season’s openings: the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris

Devoted to the life and work of the French designer, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris opens more than 15 years after the closure of the haute couture house on Avenue Marceau.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Studio

Here in this legendary couture house, (a hotel particulier in the 16th arrondissement of Paris), Yves Saint Laurent designed his creations over a period of almost 30 years, from 1974 to 2002. It subsequently became the headquarters of the Fondation Pierre Bergé.

The Museum invites visitors to step into the world of haute couture and that of one of the most iconic couturiers of the 20th century. On show: models from his collections along with accessories, an exhibition of sketches and videos, a visit to the former salons where collections were unveiled and to Yves Saint Laurent’s studio, where he carried out his drawings. As well as paying tribute to the couturier’s creative genius, the museum enables visitors to see the entire creative process that goes into designing a collection. Retrospective exhibitions and themed temporary exhibitions will alternate each year. For this opening year, visitors can see a retrospective of the couturier’s life, his most emblematic models, his first collection, his sources of inspiration, his studio, and the technical office to familiarize themselves with the expertise associated with haute couture. Next year’s temporary exhibition will be titled ‘Asie rêvée d’Yves Saint Laurent’ and will focus on the couturier’s fascination with lands of the Orient.

Salons de la Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves-Saint-Laurent © Luc Castel

Note: It is possible to hold an event in this unique and prestigious setting. The couture salons, where clients came to see, try on and order creations by Yves Saint Laurent may be privately hired. Guests can have a guided tour of this mythical home.

A time slot is reserved for groups from 9am to 11am, from Tuesday to Saturday, for 15 people maximum. The Museum is closed on Monday.