YSL museum of Paris!!

Let me tell you something just briefly mentioned before but a must to have its own post in my blog. I am a fan and for many business working years was my favorite fashion designer. Let me tell you about an off the beaten path spot in Paris, the YSL Museum of Paris (Yves Saint Laurent mind you!)!!

A bit of historical background would do me think.

The Pierre-Bergé – Yves-Saint-Laurent Foundation is an extension of the history of the Yves Saint Laurent house, whose haute couture activity ended on October 31, 2002. In 1962, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé opened their haute couture house in Paris at 30 bis, rue Spontini.(not far from the Porte Dauphine) They will stay there for twelve years during which Yves Saint Laurent invents the modern woman’s wardrobe. They moved to 5 avenue Marceau in 1974, in a Second Empire style mansion. It was here that Yves Saint Laurent affirmed his style, until 2002, when he ended his career. Its vice-president was the American landscape architect Madison Cox until the death of Pierre Bergé in 2017, when he becomes the current president. The Pierre-Bergé – Yves-Saint-Laurent foundation opened its doors in 2004 with the exhibition « Yves Saint Laurent, dialogue with Art ».

A bit more on the YSL Museum!

Two museums are built to exhibit, in a permanent collection, the fund of the Pierre-Bergé – Yves-Saint-Laurent foundation, one in Marrakech and the other in Paris at 5 avenue Marceau, at the historic headquarters of the fashion house. The opening of the two museums was in October 2017. This is a priori the first time that a museum is dedicated to a single couturier in France! It receives the Musée de France label, which makes its collections inalienable, and which can facilitate the pre-emption of new pieces in public sales.


The YSL museum extends over all floors of the building and over a course of 450 m, even if the exhibition area is smaller than in Marrakech. The exhibition space is divided into small partitioned spaces. Among these spaces is the workshop where the couturier (who died in 2008) worked, upstairs, restored almost identically. His most emblematic creations are recalled: The women’s tuxedo, the safari jacket, the trench coat, etc., creations that have become classics. The first collection, from 1962, is also evoked with some of the pieces from this collection, sketches and photos of its preparation. Some of the creator’s sources of inspiration are highlighted, especially in the Imaginary Journeys section. Thematic temporary exhibitions are also organized, the first being in 2018 “L’Asie rêvée by Yves Saint Laurent”, which brings together 50 models inspired by India, China and Japan, and from the permanent collection, and confronts them with Asian works of art loaned by private collectors and by the national museum of Asian arts – Guimet. In all, you will see about 5000 dresses, 15 000 accessories ,thousands of croquis drawings, planches of the collection and photographs !

For info already mentioned in my some news from France series: To mark the 60th anniversary of the first fashion show of Yves Saint Laurent, 6 Parisian museums pay tribute to the designer, collector and aesthete: the Centre Pompidou, Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Musée d’Orsay, Musée National Picasso-Paris and Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. Through works from their own collections, each of these cultural institutions reveals a facet of the designer, exhibits some of his iconic pieces and puts the artistic genius of Yves Saint Laurent into perspective.

The official YSL museum Parishttps://museeyslparis.com/en/

The Paris tourist office on the YSL museumhttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71205/Musee-Yves-Saint-Laurent-Paris

And as I am on the Avenue Marceau,why not tell you a bit about it! This place I have been several times for personal use and events see No 5,11, and 22…..

A bit on the avenue, one of the axis of the Place Charles de Gaulle (Etoile, Arc de Triomphe), The Avenue Marceau is in the 8éme and 16éme arrondissements of Paris, providing the boundary between the two (even side for the 8éme and odd side for the 16éme). It starts at Avenue du President-Wilson, almost at Place de l’Alma, and ends at Place Charles-de-Gaulle. It is named after François Séverin Marceau, General of the French revolution.  This road was opened on August 13, 1854 between Rue Circulaire and Place de l’Étoile. It was extended on March 6, 1858 between Rue Circulaire and Avenue de l’Empereur under the name “Avenue Joséphine”, in honor of Joséphine de Beauharnais. It received its current name on August 16, 1879. There was already a rue Marceau (in the 12éme arrondissement) which was given the name rue de Wattignies on this occasion.

Some of the notable buildings on the Avenue Marceau me think are :

No 5: Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, former Yves Saint Laurent fashion house, transformed into an Yves Saint Laurent museum opened in October 2017. Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9), Bus: 42/72/80 stop Alma-Marceau,
No 11: Octavio Paz Library of the Cervantes Institute.
No 22: Headquarters of the Spanish Embassy in France.
No 24: hotel built in 1882. Hotel of the Marquis de Panisse-Passis , from 1910.
No 30 : The atypical facades of the city contribute a lot to the cachet of Paris. Nestled in the back alley of avenue Marceau, the building is certainly one of these Art Nouveau and/or ‘Art-Déco nuggets, Built between 1912 and 1914 by André Granet, it cannot, historically speaking, claim to belong to one of the two movements. On the other hand, it is the perfect example of the period of transition between the two styles.

No 31 : Church Saint Pierre de Chaillot

No 32 : Clothilde de La Rochelambert, comtesse de La Bédoyère later princess de la Moskowa, bridesmaid of the Emperatrice Eugénie died here in 1884. The historian Albert Vandal of the French Academy died here in 1910.

No 34 : after living at 26 Avenue Marceau until 1919, Madame Sacerdote, the famous fashion designer Jenny (the second woman in France to be awarded the Legion of Honor for her services to couture) and her husband Joseph, lived here until 1946.
No 36: mansion of M. L. Lefébure in 1910, neo-Louis XIII style, with a contemporary elevation.
No 64: Hôtel de la Comtesse de Breteuil in 1910, occupied by the Hôtel InterContinental Marceau currently,
No 78 bis: Hotel Radisson Blu Champs-Élysées.
No 81: former home of Pierre-Gabriel Chandon de Briailles, a former co-owner of the Moët & Chandon Champagne house.

There you go folks, a dandy place to visit at the YSL Museum of Paris, another wonderful spot in my eternal Paris. Hope you enjoy it as I. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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