Three letters – YSL – so synonymous now with luxury and glamour, glimmer in the sunlight above the entrance to a three-storey Second Empire mansion house just across the river from the Eiffel Tower.
For almost 30 years, this was the couture house of Yves Saint Laurent, the charismatic prodigy who took Paris by storm in his teens and went on to redefine the way women dressed for decades to come.
The museums — which will have rotating exhibitions of Mr. Saint Laurent’s couture, including such memorable pieces as the 1965 Mondrian dresses, Cossack-style brocade coats from the 1976 Ballets Russes collection, and the 1988 van Gogh “Sunflowers” jacket — embody “the yin and the yang” of Mr. Saint Laurent’s life, the celebrated landscape architect Madison Cox said. He is Mr. Bergé’s widower as well as head of the foundation that runs the institutions.
Pierre Bergé, a former chief executive of Yves Saint Laurent, died Sept. 8 at the age of 86. This fall his last monumental projects are finally coming to fruition: the https://museeyslparis.com/.
Both are a tribute to Yves Saint Laurent, the man whose designs changed the way women dress, and to the cities and cultures that inspired him. And both were more than a decade in the making.