two new yves saint laurent museums to open in 2017
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The extraordinary archive of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is the subject of not one, but two new museums.

Scheduled to open in 2017, the spaces in Paris and Marrakesh (where the designer owned a second home) will showcase more than 40 years of work, including sketches, photographs and artefacts, as well as 5,000 couture gowns and 15,000 accessories. 

Located in the same Avenue Marceau mansion that the designer worked in for 30 years, the Paris exhibition space will be refurbished to look as it did at the height of Saint Laurent’s fame, allowing visitors to experience the glamour and frenzy of the couture salon and studio. 

Meanwhile, Rue Yves Saint Laurent is the fitting location of the new 4,000 sq ft museum in Marrakesh, a stone’s throw from the Jardin Majorelle where the designer’s ashes were scattered in 2008. 

During his lifetime, Saint Laurent revolutionised the fashion industry, popularising ready-to-wear and introducing the tuxedo for women with his iconic Le Smoking. He died of brain cancer in 2008.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK