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New in Travel: Paris and Marrakesh to get Yves Saint Laurent museums


Two new museums devoted to French designer Yves Saint Laurent, have been announced for 2017 in Paris and in Marrakesh. 

Yves Saint Laurent by Jeanloup Sief
Yves Saint Laurent by Jeanloup Sief Image by The Coincidental Dandy

The Parisian museum will be at 5 Avenue Marceau, the place where Yves Saint Laurent designed his works from 1974 until 2002.  The Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent has hosted a museum there dedicated to the designer’s famed style and notorious personal collection of objects and furniture. The museum will be shut as of April to allow stage designer Nathalie Crinière and interior designer Jacques Grange to redesign, widen, and re-energise the space. They will also be refurbishing Saint Laurent’s famous house.

Saint Laurent in 1962
Saint Laurent in 1962 Image by Victor Soto

The new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Marrakesh will be located near a site familiar to visitors to Marrakech – the Majorelle Gardens. The gardens were restored by Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge in 1980 and are thought to be an exceptional example of Middle Eastern gardens. The gardens already host the Berber museum and a tiny gallery of the famously colourful poster-cards Saint Laurent used to send to his clients at the beginning of every year.

The new museum will open on Rue Yves Saint Laurent and is to be designed by Studio KO. It’s to be 4000 square feet and host a permanent collection of Saint Laurent’s work as well as a become a space for travelling exhibits, an auditorium, and a research library.

Both museums will open in September 2017.

This article was updated 14 December 2016.