Paris Art is Always a Good Idea. Two Celebration’s – Spring into Summer.

Think late spring and try to avoid summer for these two exhibitions. The exhibition, Sheer: The diaphanous creations of Yves Saint Laurent will be on display at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. Dates: February 9 to to 25 August 2024. It will be the second chapter of a story that began last summer at the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais.

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The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris invited the curator Anne Dressen to be its artistic advisor; she will focus on transparency as a chosen artistic expression of Yves Saint Laurent. The exhibition has been designed by the architect Pauline Marchetti, whose work explores the intersection of perception and space.

Few articles of clothing are entirely transparent. In theory, transparency is incompatible with the very function of clothing, which is to cover the body, conceal or protect it. Intrigued by this contradiction, and by the powerful role diaphanous fabrics could play in his work, Yves Saint Laurent began using materials such as chiffon, lace and tulle in the 1960s. Like a leitmotif, he regularly employed transparency during his forty creative years, at times alongside embroidered or opaque fabrics. He daringly reconciled these contradictions, allowing women to proudly and boldly assert their bodies. 1966 announced the start of the sexual revolution of 1968. The female body was gradually revealed. Rudi Gernreich designed the first monokini in 1964. In 1966, Yves Saint Laurent made the female chest visible with his first sheer look, which he subtly covered with see-through cigaline. The nude look was born. In 1968, Saint Laurent designed the most emblematic example of this: a completely transparent chiffon dress with a belt made of ostrich feathers.

March 26 to July 14, 2024. The Musée d’Orsay Celebrates 150 years of Impressionism. Paris 1874.
Inventing impressionism 150 years ago, on April 15, 1874, the first impressionist exhibition opened in Paris. “Hungry for independence”, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, Sisley and Cézanne finally decided to free themselves from the rules by holding their own exhibition, outside official channels: impressionism was born. To celebrate this anniversary, Musée d’Orsay is presenting some 130 works and bringing a fresh eye to bear on this key date, regarded as the day that launched the avant-gardes.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris & Marrakech


The Musée Yves Saint Laurent has enjoyed great success since it opened its doors in Paris in spring, taking over the fashion designer’s former atelier in the 16th arrondissement. The inaugural display runs until September 9, 2018.

Yves Saint Laurent set up shop in a hôtel particulier at 5 avenue Marceau in 1974, working there until his retirement in 2002 when he closed down his couture house.

Under the guidance of The Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent – set up to preserve  the fashion designers legacy- the Parisian townhouse became an archive for 5,000 handmade samples that trace back more than 40 years of historic fashion creativity. The mansion re-opened and will continue to display the emblematic designs that saw Saint Laurent redefine the wardrobe of thousands of chic women.

The display includes his most radical designs including Le Smoking tuxedo, a safari jacket, his iconic trench coat and the jumpsuit with which he created a novel vision of womenswear for the latter half of the 20th century. A recreation of the designers studio, brimming with drawings, boxes of buttons and trims, scraps of fabric and finished work…all providing a vivid photograph of the life and study of a haute couture atelier. The museum’s opening was poignantly timed, coming less than a month after the death of Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent’s business partner of more than 40 years and co-founder of the foundation. It was Bergé who raised the funds for the museum project, through the sale of his and Saint Laurent’s art collection.

/Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris 5 avenue Marceau 75116 Paris – France PARIS

A second museum opened in October this year in their beloved second home in Marrakech.

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech holds a collection of clothing, accessories and drawings in the city adopted by the famous designer. The collection of 50 garments will be frequently rotated both to help conserve the pieces and to ensure the exhibition is ever changing. In 1996, the French couturier travelled to Marrakesh for the first time and soon bought a property in Marrakech.  He and his partner returned each year to work on his haute couture collections, the city was a distinctive inspiration through his career. One of the city’s most popular parks claims a connection to the artist and the museum shares its grounds. If you’ve visited Marrakech, I am certain you didn’t miss the electric blue Jardin Majorelle. The garden was once owned by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé. Originally owned by the artist Jacques Majorelle, the pair bought the property to preserve it and eventually gave it to the city of Marrakesh.

Yves Saint Laurent Museum Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakech 40000, Morocco