Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
If you’re passionate about fashion and art, pay homage to one of France’s great cultural visionaries Yves Saint Laurent. Exquisitely maintained maison Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent tells the fabled, fabulous story of fashion innovator Saint Laurent, who died in 2008, and his formidable partner Bergé, alongside an eclectic collection of painting and photography.
After Saint Laurent closed his couture house in 2002, 200sqm of the historic former House of Yves Saint Laurent was transformed into an exhibition space. Each year, it showcases several changing exhibitions of fashion, painting, photography and decorative arts, with an on-site bookshop. Past offerings include photos by fashion designer Hedi Slimane (creative director of Saint Laurent), the sacred art of Tibet and ‘Yves Saint Laurent 1971 The Scandal Collection.’ The foundation also conserves around 5,000 haute couture garments and 15,000 couture accessories by the great man, alongside assorted objects that inspired his career.
A top tip is to pre-book a guided tour (1h15) of the temporary exhibition, reception salons and Saint Laurent’s studio – where every collection was born – by contacting Cultival (cultival.fr). Tours are offered in French, English or Spanish, with group tours for €15.90 per person, plus pricier private VIP tours. Find the foundation in the 16th near Alma Marceau metro station, a skip from art galleries Palais de Tokyo and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Dress to impress…
3 rue Léonce Reynaud, 16th / +33 1 44 31 64 31 / 11am-6pm Tue-Sun, till 9pm Thu / fondation-pb-ysl.net