Sunday, May 6, 2018

wanderlust: when in paris... visit ysl museum

Eiffel tower

Not far from Eiffel Tower, just walk along the Seine River towards the Lourve Museum, do stop by at the YSL museum. The museum was opened in October 2017 and it is located at 5 avenue Marceau. 

ysl museum front

The museum focuses on the couturier's creative genius and the process of designing a haute couture collection. It seeks to address the history of the 20th century and the haute couture traditions that accompanied a way of life tha no longer exists.  

1 ysl museum - the salon
The Haute Couture Salons
After purchasing admission, this is the first stop; sit back, relax and enjoy a short video compilation of Saint Laurent's fashion shows. The salons were where clients were received for fittings following the presentation of each collection. 

2 ysl museum - style

Style (far end, in the photo)
Here showcases Saint Laurent's signature syle which is borrowing menswear and adapting to the female body. 

3 ysl museum - history of a collection 1

3 ysl museum - history of a collection 3

The History of a Collection
An opportunity to look at sketches and ateliers specification sheets which contain all details for creating garment along with fabric swatches. In the same area, some pieces of past collections are displayed.

4 ysl museum - skills

Haute couture houses collaborate with skilled craftspeople such as weavers, dyers, printers, embroiderers, plumassiers, goldsmiths and silversmiths. This collaboration has created exquisite pieces. 

5 ysl museum - exoticism 1

5 ysl museum - exoticsim 3

Pieces that are displayed here showcase inspiration drawn from exotic locations; Morocco, sub-Saharan Africa, Russia, Spain and Asia. 

7 ysl museum - homage to fashion 1

7 ysl museum - homage to fashion 3

Homage to Fashion
Saint Laurent also explored the history of fashion through his designs; incorporating the old with new. 

8 ysl museum - the studio

The Studio
Saint Laurent's studio. 

10 ysl museum - cabinet of curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities 
A wall of lovely accessories such as necklaces, earings, brooches.All these are made from different materials; wood, metal, rhinostones, beads, feathers, ceramics and passementerie. 

11 ysl museum - graphic arts

Graphic Arts
When Saint Laurent was a young boy he liked to illustrate texts that he liked, imagining the characters, their attitude, their clothing and the settings of their adventures. 

13 ysl museum - aesthetic phantoms 2

Aesthetic Phantoms
Saint Laurent sought out his aesthetic phantoms among the writers, composers, painters and dancers he admired and he enjoyed interpreting their art in his designs. 

Museum details
5 avenue Marceau, Paris 16th arr 

Opening times: 
Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm
Open Friday until 9 pm
Last entry: 45 minutes before closing time
Closed on Monday and January 1, May 1 and December 25
Early closing at 4.30 pm on December 24 and 31

Full price admission: 10 EURO

Hope you have enjoyed this post and the little tour of the museum. Till my next post, stay chic!

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