September 28, 2017 by Chris Kilkus
Yves Saint Laurent Museum Opens in Paris
PARIS — The Yves Saint Laurent museum opens in Paris today, less than three weeks after the death of Pierre Bergé, who worked tirelessly to create a permanent home for the work of the couturier he loved and helped to achieve international fame.
The project grew out of the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, which since 2004 has been staging exhibitions to showcase items from its archive of 5,000 items of clothing, 15,000 accessories and tens of thousands of sketches.
“In 2002, when Yves Saint Laurent decided to retire, I decided to transform memories into projects,” Bergé said in his last public appearance in June.
French Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen is expected to inaugurate the venue at lunchtime, with a cocktail and dinner, organized with the Saint Laurent brand now owned by French luxury group Kering, set to follow on Thursday night.
The Paris museum, which opens its doors to the public on Oct. 3, is located at 5 Avenue Marceau, formerly home to Saint Laurent’s couture house and now the headquarters of the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent. Visitors have access to the couturier’s design studio for the first time.
They arrive in a reception room, decorated by interior designer Jacques Grange, displaying large