David Cowan is an author and arts critic based in France. He writes for a variety of international publications, and blogs at Is/Ought, connecting economy, culture, and communication.

Fashion Week Online got a Sneak Peek at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris

What better way to bring Paris Fashion Week to a close than to launch a new museum dedicated to one of the greats of French and global fashion, namely Yves Saint Laurent.

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The museum opens to the public on Tuesday, October 3rd, showcasing YSL’s work from his first Dior days through to his greatest creations and his death in 2008. The Dior connection is emphasized by the presence of his old cane left on the desk where YSL used to work.

The museum showcases YSL’s work from his first Dior days through to his greatest creations

YSL Museum 3 COWANOn four floors, starting with the salons where customers once sat and watched his work modelled, the visitor can see a variety of designs, jewelry, swatches, notepads, photographs and books on display. Entering the museum you’re first confronted with an impressive montage of YSL’s Warhol screen-prints.

The museum will rotate collections, but what better way to launch than with YSL’s 1962 debut collection? There are collections featuring an homage to an era, intricately decorated jackets, theatrical designs and jewelry all stunningly featured. The last gallery includes the iconic Mondrian dress and other dresses inspired by the great painters, including Picasso, van Gogh and Matisse.

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To mark the opening, a plaque was unveiled in the presence of Madison Cox, the new President of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, and Bruno Julliard, First Deputy Mayor of Paris. In a tour, the VIP’s pored over the table where YSL worked, almost as if they were waiting for him to reappear, as the tables and desk are reconstructed as if he had just stepped out of the room.

a plaque was unveiled in the presence of Madison Cox

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A short movie brings the collections and YSL’s career to life, narrated by Pierre Bergé, YSL’s former partner in work, life and love. Bergé was instrumental in bringing the museum to completion, but sadly died on 8 September before the launch. A second YSL museum opens in Morocco later in the month, next to the former home of the two men.

It is fascinating to see so many of YSL’s most iconic dresses preserved and on display in the place they were first created, which can only bring inspiration to aspiring designers and delight to a broader audience.

it can only bring inspiration to aspiring designers and delight to a broader audience

Tickets start at EUR 7.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (last entry at 5:15 p.m.). Open Friday until 9:00 p.m. (last entry at 8:15 p.m.). Closed on Monday and January 1, May 1, and December 25. Early closing at 4:30 p.m. on December 24 and 31.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris
5 avenue Marceau
75116 Paris – France

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With love,

FWO