7 August 2017

Two museums honoring the late designer are opening this year, one in Paris at his old studio and one in the Moroccan city he loved.

In October 2017, two museums will open dedicated to the work of Yves Saint Laurent. The first will be housed in the historical couture house at 5 avenue Marceau, a hôtel particulier from the Second Empire where the French designer worked for almost 30 years and which is now being revisited by stage designer Nathalie Crinière and interior designer Jacques Grange.

The other museum is being erected in another city close to Saint Laurent’s heart—Marrakech. It will house an important selection from the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent’s impressive collection, which comprises 5,000 items of clothing, 15,000 haute couture accessories as well as tens of thousands of sketches and assorted objects, all currently archived in Paris.

The building has been designed by the French architecture firm Studio KO. Founded by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier, the architects have completed numerous residential and public projects such as the Villa E and Villa K in Morocco, the Chiltern Firehouse in London, and the Balmain boutique in New York.

The designer and his lifetime partner, Pierre Bergé, discovered the Moroccan city in 1966, and on the flight back from their first trip there, they already had the paperwork for a house they wanted to buy. They went back regularly, and it was in Marrakech that Saint Laurent imagined his collections.

Designed by the French architecture firm Studio KO, founded by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier, it is built of terra cotta, concrete, and an earthen-colored terrazzo with pieces of Moroccan stone, perfectly fitting in with the surroundings. “Their clean, uncluttered style recalls Saint Laurent’s work,” Bergé said of Studio KO.

In Paris, visitors will be able to admire the collection, displayed through retrospectives and temporary exhibitions, visit Saint Laurent’s studio, walk through the former haute couture salons, and just explore the immense heritage the French designer left.

Marrakech Location Address: Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Arrondissement Guéliz, Marrakech, Wilaya de Marrakech, Morocco

Paris Location Address: 5 avenue Marceau, 75016 Paris

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