Should Fashion Legacies Be Controlled?

Here Bergé, speaking from a wheelchair in Paris this week, defined each remaining element of his mission to preserve the Yves Saint Laurent legacy alive. Two museums, in Marrakesh and Paris, will open in October 2017, with Bergé, 86, controlling the background of his late life and commercial enterprise associate – the designer who changed the face of favor within the 2nd half of the 20 the century.

In his familiar pugnacious fashion, Bergé laid out the plans to show what he believes the YSL records stands for – his challenge given that Saint Laurent withdrew from geared up-to-wear style within the new millennium and died in 2008, aged seventy-one.

The Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent has delivered together with an archive of five,000 clothes, 15,000 accessories, and manifold sketches by the past due to the dressmaker, reworking recollections into a large, visible archive of the past century.

The complete vision became offered in a meeting at the Institut Français de Los Angeles Mode (IFM, or French Institute of Fashion), based through Bergé, in which the line-up featured his current associate – the panorama clothier Madison Cox – and the various people worried within the museums. They consist of Olivier Flaviano – director of the future Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris; Björn Dahlström – director of the destiny Marrakesh Museum; and different conservators and designers who are working at the twin tasks.

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The funding in people and finance to preserve Saint Laurent’s legacy alive evolved from the early days, while Bergé commenced gathering the dressmaker’s original drawings, and received pace in 1980 whilst he and Yves sold the Jardin Majorelle in Morocco, an artist’s domestic that turned into then under hazard from developers.

“An incredible case of love at the beginning sight,” said Bergé of the Marrakesh revel in. He is financing the dual initiatives, even though he supplied his gratitude to François-Henri Pinault – CEO of the King luxurious group, the brand’s modern owner – for a few monetary help for the 2 venues.

At the IFM presentation, the YSL history crew then set out the unique plans. The Marrakesh web page may be a cultural center: a low upward push building with a lattice-fashion façade so as to residence everlasting and temporary exhibition areas, trendy garage, an auditorium for movie screenings and concert events, an e-book store, café, and an in-depth library funded by means of Bergé. In Paris, Yves Saint Laurent’s home on Avenue Marceau is being absolutely remodeled in order that specific rooms will deliver to existence precise clothes and display the studio wherein the designer and his group, such as his muse Loulou de Los Angeles Falaise, worked.

The Paris museum opens on three October, at some stage in Paris Fashion Week, whilst the Marrakesh Museum, conceived by means of French structure company Studio KO and masking 4,000 rectangular meters, opens on 19 October.

The minutiae of those double presentations of Saint Laurent as an artist in garb are admirable. The plans show amazing detail, with Bergé and Flaviano explaining how one place can be dedicated to a single display, from drawing to couture advent, with the subject modified every year. The first exhibition in Marrakesh could be referred to as “The Morocco of Jacques Majorelle”, together with artwork by way of the French expatriate artist, the son of Art Nouveau furniture dressmaker Louis Majorelle

The Paris museum is being converted from its original role as a couture residence via interior design guru Jacques Grange and level clothier Nathalie Crinière.

The handiest problem with this forensic study of the exquisite style artist who becomes Yves Saint Laurent is that there appears little to try to position the fashion designer in the context of the fashion of his time. The YSL legacy is superb, but it’s far apparently to be proven in a vacuum in which some other designers or style movements are absent.


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