Amid rumours of Hedi Slimane's departure, the YSL Fondation recently announced two new museums set to open in 2017 to honour the work of iconic French couturier, with the first located at the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent in Paris and the second Marrakesh a city YSL loved and which hosts the Villa Majorelle, estate of YSL and Pierre Bergé.
The Paris address will take over the 5 Avenue Marceau atelier where Yves Saint Laurent created his most iconic pieces from 1974 to 2002, and which houses La Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent since 2004. In April 2016, the Fondation will close its doors to allow for renovations in preparation of the upcoming project. Stage designer Nathalie Crinière and chief Yves Saint Laurent set designer Jacques Grange have been commission to recreate the original atmosphere of the fashion house, which will host the design studio as well as the haute couture salons. At the same time, thousands of kilometers away, a second museum is planned for the Rue Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakesh, near to Jardin Majorelle which the designer and Pierre Bergé saved from becoming a hotel development in 1980 and transformed into a flourishing attraction for locals and tourists alike.
Yves Saint Laurent first developed an attachment to the Moroccan city in 1966, drawing on it for inspiration for many years to follow. For Pierre Bergé, "it feels perfectly natural, 50 years later, to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country". Showcasing the Fondation's impressive collection of original work, fashion and art lovers will flock to fashion's favorite new addresses from Autumn 2017.