The Fondation Pierre Bergé is home to an incredible collection of the works of Yves Saint Laurent: 5,000 garments, 15,000 haute couture accessories and over 50,000 drawings, all carefully conserved in museum conditions. Housed at the mythical address of their couture house – 5 avenue Marceau – it organises temporary exhibitions dedicated to fashion and art.
Currently on show until 19 July is St Laurent’s 1971 ‘Liberation’ collection, which caused a scandal at the time, referencing back to France under the German occupation in WWII, but which was to become a huge influence on fashion in general, blurring the lines between haute couture and pret à porter and making retro style fashionable for the first time.
The exhibition is small, but fascinating, documenting also the laborious process of creating a collection. Exhibitions change regularly so be sure to check out their website to see what is currently on.
You can also visit Yves Saint Laurent’s studio, this visit is only available as a guided group tour and you need to book well in advance. I can highly recommend both!
Photos not allowed inside the exhibition or the studio.
The Fondation Pierre Bergé and the Palais Galliera have a partnership, bring your ticket from one of the current exhibitions to the other and you’ll get a reduction on the entry price.
- Fondation Pierre Bergé, 3 rue Léonce Reynaud, 75116 Paris. metro: Alma Marceau
Open daily except Mondays and public holidays, 10:00 – 18:00