A visit to the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Paris

Dear Shaded Viewers,

It has taken me to long to visit the museum of Yves Saint Laurent. I was there for the opening but before I got in on a cold and raining night, I left my friend in my place and travelled across town to the Yohji show. I can literally walk to the museum from home so I have no excuse but today…with my friend Marc Happel, that is here for the Dior show and the museum, we made it and it was a lovely treat. I remember back in the 80’s when my friend Stephen de Pietri used to curate the 25 year YSL travelling exhibitions I attended one of the presentations for the clients on the ground floor, this is the  first room that you will visit to watch a short film. Across the hall the exhibition begins. The first section brings together the iconic pieces adopted from menswear. The black leather trench is one of timeless perfection.These pieces dating back to the 70’s were re-interpreted through out YSL’s career. As you walk through the rooms you see the collections and videos of the shows, the workroom, the cabinet de curiosities and it is definitely worth watching the film which is beautifully executed and takes you through the relationship between Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge which started in 1962 with the launch of the house and takes you through to the closing of its doors. I’ve yet to visit the musee Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech but would love to one of these days.

The catalogue is a treasure, Les Musees Yves Saint Laurent.

5 avenue Marceau, Paris 16 eme

Open Tuesday to Sunday 11h to 18h. Open Fridays till 21h.




Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.