Exploring the Collections of Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris

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The Yves Saint Laurent Museum is devoted to the famous fashion designer of the same name. The former atelier of Yves Saint Laurent turn museum opened its doors to the public in September 2017, at a time when it coincided with the Paris Fashion Week frenzy. No wonder, plenty of fashion fanatics and fashionistas lined up along the streets on the day the museum was inaugurated in the City of Lights.

The fashion designer worked in the atelier that stood in its place for close to 3 decades until he announced retirement in the year 2002. Going by a tablet placed on the building’s wall, Cultural Minister Françoise Nyssen inaugurated the museum on September 28 last year but the fashion frenzy has always been there and never waned.

The museum in Paris city is home to several of his personal collections, including a portrait of Yves Saint Laurent painted in 1972. The YSL logotype, with the 3 alphabets that intertwines and designed by Adolphe Mouron Cassandre in 1961, is hanged in the museum as a gouache painting being printed on paper. The bookshelves of the fashion designer have everything from French costumes to essays on art history by Alberto Giacometti, and a book each on American artist Andy Warhol and French artist Paul Gauguin.

Yet again, the highlight of Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris is the fashion designer’s office desk, which is left just like in its former state featuring everything from paperweights to sketches placed on top of a journal named Women’s Wear Daily. The museum would change its exhibits annually, so it would be wise to check the schedule to know the items presently displayed. If you are planning to include it into a Paris city tour itinerary devoted to museums, you could understand the lifestyle of the fashion designer and his collections.

Also included in the museum collections are garments, fabric sketches and swatches, and a crystal necklace. Two of Yves Saint Laurent’s former colleagues have recreated an atmosphere reminiscent of an haute couture house, which is rife with columns and statues. The most of the exhibit floors are situated to the ground level of the museum in Paris, with some encased in glass shelves. Note that haute couture refers to expensive clothes created by leading fashion houses worn by ardent followers.